Online Instructor: Degree Requirements, Job and Salary Info
As demand for high-quality education surges worldwide, traditional schools and universities are struggling to keep up with vast numbers of new students eager to learn. Online educational opportunities have expanded dramatically over the past five years to fill the gap. That’s why massive open online courses (MOOCs), online degree programs, and blended learning initiatives have become the most-discussed trends in the education field.
If you want to take part in this new learning revolution, becoming an online educator may be a great choice. Just like any traditional teaching position, an online educator must instruct students effectively in a designated subject matter. They must convey relevant information efficiently and help students learn the best methods of inquiry in the subject area of the course. The challenge is to do all of this online because, in most cases, you won’t meet a single student face-to-face.
Our guide will give you a sense of what it takes to become an online educator, including the required education, likely income, and the pros and cons of this kind of work. Browse through the article or use the following links to skip forward to what you’re looking for:
At-a-glance: online educators
To become an online educator, you’ll need a degree in education or in the field you will be teaching. To teach college-level courses, you’ll need a master’s degree in addition to a bachelor’s degree.
Income for online educators varies widely depending on the employer, courses, and other factors, such as your education level. Many online educators are paid by the course or semester, rather than a single annual salary. The estimated annual income of online instructors at London AMB ranges between $26,000 – 125,000.
Online educator job description
As with more traditional teaching jobs, online teachers instruct students in specific subject areas, prepare lesson plans, and coordinate schedules while monitoring students’ skills and achievement.
The most important duties of an online educator include:
- Creating a curriculum based on the best knowledge in the field
- Teaching the material with online video lessons
- Leading online discussions of the course material via forums and web chats
- Responding to student comments and questions posted online
- Evaluating student papers, projects, tests, and other assessments
- Maintaining records on student progress/grades
An online educator’s work varies considerably depending on class enrollment size. For example, when teaching a MOOC with thousands of enrolled students, an online educator will spend less time responding to questions and handling one-on-one instruction than in a case where an online class consists of only a few dozen students.
Who makes a good online educator?
Someone who is:
- Comfortable with technology
- Imaginative about using online formats in new ways
- Inquisitive, creative and curious
- Passionate about connecting with students
- Patient and resourceful
- Organized and careful about time management
- Devoted to learning
- Attentive to details
- A lover of reading
- Excellent at oral and written communication
- Highly knowledgeable in their subject area
- Qualified with a master’s degree in an education-related field, or a field related to the subject they teach
Professional development for online educators
If you haven’t already, you should take an online course so you can understand what it’s like to study online. Also, seek out internships and jobs in the education sector to gain experience and build your resume. A good place to start may be working as an online tutor. Online tutors usually have fewer requirements than other online education jobs, and you’ll get valuable virtual teaching experience you can use throughout your career.
Reach out to schools that host online education programs in your subject specialties. Search the websites of online educational institutions to see if they have a career board that posts openings for instructors in the types of courses you are qualified to teach. Once you teach your first online course, you will know a lot about how to best pursue your online teaching career.
Also consider acquiring a teaching credential, a master’s degree or other certification in online education, or additional training in the specific needs of online students.
Benefits of continuing education
To maximize your effectiveness and income as an online educator, you should seriously consider earning a master’s degree or a doctorate. By choosing to enroll in a master’s or doctorate program, you will gain job opportunities for the best online education programs in the world.
HOW DO I BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
We’re happy you’re interested in becoming a LondonAMB instructor. At LondonAMB, you can teach what you know, or teach what you love, and millions of students are waiting, eager to learn.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding how to become an instructor.
CAN I TEACH A COURSE ON ANY TOPIC?
You are free to choose the topic you wish to teach on LondonAMB. However, here is a list of restricted topics:
- Sexually explicit content
- Content relating to making, handling or using weapons
- Content promoting violence or bodily harm
- Hate speech or discriminatory language
- Content enabling illegal or unethical behavior
- Content that is intentionally misleading or deceptive
- Content that violates any applicable national law
- Harmful or otherwise inappropriate content
We reserve the right to add to and modify this list at any time. If you see a topic that you believe should not be on the platform, let us know.
DO I HAVE TO PAY ANY FEES IN ORDER TO BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
There is no fee to be an instructor on LondonAMB. You can immediately register as an instructor and get approval to start teaching.
WHAT APPROVAL DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
We review your information and give you approval in no more than 24 hours. Please note, in order to create paid courses, you’ll need an active PayPal account.
Before your course is published on our platform, it will need to meet our course minimum requirements.
HOW WILL I GET PAID?
Instructors can connect a PayPal account to their LondonAMB account. You are paid 24 hours after the end of the online course. Instructors are paid a minimum of 50% of the students’ total fees. The percentages might go up to 75% depending on the internal evaluation of instructor performance, punctuality, popularity, diversity, and other criteria.
WHAT’S THE GENERAL STRUCTURE OF A LondonAMB COURSE? WHAT IS THE PRIMARY TEACHING METHOD?
A standard LondonAMB course is video-based. Courses must have at least 30 minutes of video content. Additional teaching tools (like assignments, quizzes, and coding exercises, etc.) can be added to create a richer learning experience for students.
ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS THAT MY COURSE MUST MEET?
Yes. Courses must have at least 30 minutes of video content.
In order to ensure that students have great learning experiences, we also have a Quality Review Process that every course goes through.
HOW DO I GET MY COURSE MATERIALS ON YOUR SITE?
Since we function primarily as an on-demand, video-based platform, you’ll need to upload your video files directly to LondonAMB. In other words, students must be able to view your course lectures on the LondonAMB platform.
DOES LONDONAMB RETAIN EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO MY COURSE IF I SELL IT ON YOUR PLATFORM?
LondonAMB only provides live online courses. We support sustainable lifelong learning. Therefore, courses have no copyrights. If you want to protect your course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE EXISTING DEMAND FOR MY COURSE TOPIC ON LONDONAMB?
Starting from 2020, the world has faced multiple pandemics; Coronavirus in the health sector, oil prices in the energy sector, share market prices in the economy sector. There is always a demand for courses that target hot topics. You can search the net and come up with new ideas and topics.
While success as an instructor on LondonAMB is not guaranteed, this tool offers some powerful data to help you make your decision.
WILL LONDONAMB PROMOTE MY COURSE?
Yes, we have running advertising campaigns on social media, Google, and through email campaigns. We usually launch targeted campaigns based on audience interests.
Moreover, as an instructor, you have the option to enroll in the LondonAMB Membership Program, which is made up of three marketing channels that spotlight your course(s) in different ways.
Enrolling in the LondonAMB Deals Program gives LondonAMB the option to promote your course, at a discount. The selection for promotion is not guaranteed.
In addition, we provide instructors with extensive articles, resources, and features at LondonAMB to help you effectively market your course(s). Here is some advice on the matter:
To build your base of loyal students, and to encourage people to leave high reviews, be sure to stay engaged with your students after you publish your course. Effective communications help energize students—encouraging them to stay engaged in your course and to explore all the courses you teach on LondonAMB.
Students worldwide trust LondonAMB to show them helpful reviews and ratings. Reviews and ratings help them decide which courses and instructors are good fits for them. So it’s important to gather feedback from your students.
Our team around the world is dedicated to getting your course to the right student. We’re constantly innovating and experimenting based on our growing knowledge of what students need and which courses are a good fit for them.
In addition to promoting your course with LondonAMB’s own marketing and communication tools, be sure to market your course with external tools (like through email or a website) and platforms (like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). Make use of your existing social and professional networks.
Whether you’ve got a large, loyal audience or you’re just starting out, promoting your course can increase sales and attract new students. Learn how to use tools like coupons and referral links to improve your revenue and reach.
CAN I TEACH A COURSE IN ABY LANGUAGE?
You can teach a course in any language of your choosing.
HOW DO I CREATE A LONDONAMB COURSE?
Our platform makes it possible to create a course in 5 minutes. However, you should be very careful when creating the course settings, fees, timings, etc. We might ban you from giving online courses if your course gets rejected twice.
There is no fee to create and host a course on LondonAMB, and you can publish as many free and paid courses as you like. We believe in a sustainable partnership, where instructors are rewarded for creating amazing content and bringing students to the platform, and LondonAMB is rewarded for driving new students to our instructors.
HOW DO I PRICE MY COURSE?
You control the price of your course. Check the marketplace price standards in order to ensure a consistent and intuitive pricing experience for students.
What You Need to Know:
- There are no minimum or maximum prices instructors can set for courses. However, we recommend you keep the course fees competitive and affordable.
- While you can change the price of your course at any time before registration is opened, once registration has started, you are not allowed to change any of the course settings.
- We don’t provide free courses. We are not an online website or group of freelancers like other online platforms. We are a real Academy. Thousands of students graduated from this academy since 1976. We are not like other online platforms that give a soft copy of a zero–value certificate; we issue certificates that can be recognized by any embassy in the world.
HOW WILL STUDENTS KNOW ABOUT MY CLASS?
Students find out about classes from the LondonAMB website, social media, class announcements, emails from the instructor or department, friends, and advisors.
Where do I send my students if they have trouble registering?
Students should be referred to our Students FAQ’s page, or they can contact us at help@LondonAMB.com
Is there a waitlist if my course fills to capacity?
Waitlists of up to 6 students are kept ONLY until the last business day before class begins (then students are removed from the waitlist). To keep a record of waitlisted students who did not get into your class, copy and save the waitlist before the last business day before your class begins.
HOW DO I GIVE PERMISSION FOR A STUDENT TO ENROLL IN MY CLASS?
Our online platform will do this automatically.
CAN MY COURSE BE CANCELLED?
LondonAMB has a standard minimum enrollment number. Generally, courses are at risk of being canceled if they have not met minimum enrollment 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. For more information, please contact your department or courses@LondonAMB.com
WHEN WILL MY CLASS BE CONFIRMED?
Most stand-alone classes will be confirmed when enrollment reaches the minimum number of students. Program classes often have a higher minimum than stand-alone classes. For more information, contact email@example.com
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A LondonAMB INSTRUCTOR?
Please refer to “Who makes a good online educator?”
WHAT IF I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A STUDENT?
If you have a conflict with a student or you suspect academic dishonesty, it is best to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. How you manage the issue can make a difference in the outcome, so we suggest you seek guidance early on.