Teaching Opportunities Pre-Assessment
We want you to succeed in your online teaching endeavors! Before you apply to teach with us, please take the pre-assessment test below. If you can honestly answer yes to each and every question that follows, we would love to learn more about you and the course you would like to teach.
Do you have excellent written communication skills?
Communication is done in writing in both lessons and on the classroom message board. Our students expect clear, concise, well written lessons. Many first time students are apprehensive about online classes. Good writing skills will help ease them into a rewarding experience at LVS. Lessons that are easy to follow will not only benefit the student, but cut down on the amount of time you will need to spend actively assisting students in the class as well.
- Do you have excellent people skills?
Working with students over the Internet can be very rewarding and frustrating. We have no way of seeing their faces and body languare. The way you respond to a student who is frustrated or who has frustrated you will have a great deal to do with your success as an online instructor. We look for instructors who are eager to assist and are respectful of others.
- Do you have time to write a course?
A typical LVS Online course consists of anywhere between 50 and 120 pages including text and screen captures. We encourage instructors to use screen captures to make the lessons easier to understand and to use a step by step outline for their courses. Some instructors even provide video to demonstrate a technique. Each lesson, a total of 6 for each course, must be a minimum of 8 pages of text when printed. Screen captures must be used to help make lessons clearer, not as filler, so the minimum number of pages increases as the number of screen captures increases. We are looking for instructors who can complete a course in a reasonable amount of time.
- Can you meet deadlines?
Once you you decide which session you would like to begin teaching in, we expect that the lessons will be completed by the opening registration date for that session. Our instructors need to be organized, self-motivated, and able to manage their time well with little guidance or supervision.
- Are you willing to improve your course after it has been written and to update the material as needed?
Before your course is released for registration, we will go over your lessons carefully. We may return some lessons to you with corrections and/or suggestions. We may also assign a mentor to work with you in the development of your lessons. Once the course is released and feedback is received from students, you may need to revise some of the lesson material to better serve the students. As time passes, material may become outdated, outside links provided in the lessons may become obsolete, or the program that is being taught may have a new version. It is expected that the instructor will keep their lessons updated.
- Do you have time to actively teach your course?
All of our instructor-led courses require you to check into your classroom message board to interact with your students. Instructors need to monitor student participation, to answer posts in a timely manner and on a regular basis. Student satisfaction is quite often dependent on the amount of time that the instructor devotes to the classroom. That satisfaction translates into positive word of mouth advertisement of your course and reflects on LVS Online Classes in general. Each classroom board will require a different amount of input from the instructor depending on size of class, complexity of course, etc. Please ensure that you have the time to be active on your classroom whether that be 3 hours per week or 3 hours per day.
Did you answer yes to all of the above questions? If so, we invite you to apply for a teaching position with LVS Online. Please send an email telling us about yourself and include a six week course outline.