As technology improves, we have a number of new opportunities to learn and make money online. There has been a dramatic increase in online learning as students complete college courses online, and look for tutors online. This increase in online learning has led to an increased demand for online teachers.
If you have a level of tech savvy, it is possible to make money with online teaching, whether you do so through more “official” channels, or whether you teach in another way.
Online Teaching through a University
If you have the proper credentials, you can teach online classes for a
university. Some for-profit universities with an emphasis in online learning,
such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan, only require a Master’s
degree (and, to teach some courses, you might only need a Bachelor’s
degree). If you can show that you have reasonable qualifications to
teach, you can manage online courses.
It’s also possible to teach online courses for more traditional
universities. Even the most prestigious universities, like Harvard, are
adding online courses that count toward a degree. My husband teaches two
online courses for Utah State University. However, to teach online for a
more traditional education institution, you definitely need a Master’s
degree, and you probably need a Ph.D. to teach many of the courses.
Check with the university to find out if there are openings for
instructors who can teach online. You will probably need to know how to
use an educational content platform, like Canvas or Blackboard, or some
other platform used by the university. In some cases, you might be
required to hold Skype chats or teach webinars.
Many universities advertise job openings for online instructors. Check with web sites like HigherEdJobs and The Chronicle of Higher Education for listings.
There are a number of web sites that offer online tutoring services.
If you are proficient in a particular subject area, you can sign up to
be a tutor. You will probably need to demonstrate your command of the
subject in question before you could help others with it. In some cases,
you need to have a degree to tutor. There are also opportunities to
tutor for standardized tests, like the SAT and GRE.
You can apply to be an online tutor at sites like Tutor.com and TutorVista. Most
likely, you will need to commit to specific hours of the day, or be on
call to help in “emergency” situations. Before you apply, make sure you
understand the requirements of the job, and what you will be required to
do as a tutor, and whether there are specific hours to work, or
software purchases you need to make.
Teach Webinars, or Offer Your Own Online Classes
In addition to working for others as a teacher or a tutor, it is also
possible to teach webinars or offer your online classes and workshops. Web sites like Big Marker can
help you set up a community, and offer classes. You can even set up to
charge for webinards and online classes. If you have something valuable
to share, and you think others would pay to learn it, you can turn
online teaching into a home business idea.
If you go this route, you have a number of options. You can develop a
course on a specific subject, and then sell it. You can also decide to
hold regular webinars and online workshops, providing interaction with
others, and helping them in a more in-depth way. It’s also possible to
set up one-on-one teaching time with those you are helping. There are a
number of web sites that can help you manage these online teaching
opportunities, and even help you charge (and collect) a fee. Just make
sure you understand the terms of the arrangement, since you will
probably have to share some of your earnings with whatever platform you
Online teaching can be a good way to make money
on the side, or even as your career. Think about what you know, and
consider whether you are considered expert. If you really know your
stuff, you could be paid to teach it online.