How To Become An Online Teacher: Easy Guide
“Knowledge is power” - Francis Bacon.
This well-known phrase may be your best motivation in the continually evolving world. Teaching is in high demand and e-teaching particularly. Nowadays the Internet makes possible what once was a mystery. It is an open window of opportunities for trainers and coaches to share their knowledge with learners worldwide: strictly speaking, become an online teacher.
What does becoming an online teacher mean?
In the most simple words, this means that your classes will be taught virtually. Online teaching takes place every day in almost every country in the world, as online teachers are everywhere.
Who is an online teacher?
An education provider who uses the Internet to teach “at a distance” is considered to be an online teacher.
If you are also a coach and want to expand your audience by teaching online, here is an easy guide for you on how to become an online teacher.
Step #1 Becoming an online teacher
Figure out what you want to teach and how often you want to do it
As an instructor, you should already be concentrated on the specific field. You should classify your material and be prepared to direct your students.
You discuss how often you want to held e-teaching classes with your students. Very often you can even make your own schedule.
Step #2 Feel comfortable with innovational technologies
As an online teacher, you have very little interaction with your students in real life or not at all. This factor is something you should consider especially if you are used to facing to face interaction with your students. If you are serious about online teaching, you need to feel comfortable with computers, Internet technologies, mobile devices, and social media.
Step #3 Choose a platform to communicate with your students
Online teachers interact with their students through email, message boards, online blackboards, LMS software, etc. The most preferred and accessible platform to teach online is Skype. Even if your students don’t have it, they have undoubtedly heard about it.
You can call anyone who has a Skype account and held one-to-one lessons. The system makes it possible to take part in group calls. Thus you can organize group lessons as well. Another platform, similar to Skype, is Google Hangouts. Here you call (including video call) anyone with Google account, have a chat in the chat box, share your screen, etc.
Both Skype and Google Hangouts are free to use. Maybe that is the reason, why these platforms have some limitations and don’t satisfy many online teachers. As a result, online teachers prefer to go for their own marketplace by creating their own e-teaching brand and logo. Nowadays, when the online world is in a constant change, to build a required and profitable brand is a great challenge.
Step #4 Be clear and accessible to your online environment
In e-teaching platform, you should transmit your knowledge available to the online learners, cause here you can’t rely on eye contact and other facial expressions or body language to find out whether your students maintain interest to the lesson. Present live streams to somehow break the e-teaching limits.
You may also post video or audio lectures, as well as other multimedia reference material online, and provide easy to download text materials.
Step #5 Respond to your students as soon as possible
Learners expect their online teachers to answer their emails and chat board questions immediately. The online platform is the only possible form of access they have to the teachers.
All kind of materials is transmitted digitally. Accordingly, in case you want to be an online teacher, make sure you’ll promptly respond to your learners. You can even include a forum, which is a powerful tool in such a competitive online world. A forum is a discussion board, where opinions and comments of your satisfied customers immediately attract new visitors and grow your audience.
Is online teaching profitable?
Nowadays e-teaching is a rapidly expanding industry. Thus, the number of online teaching platforms is growing fast. Many online teachers choose to work in different e-teaching platforms that require some commissions and fees. As a result, they don’t get all the money they earn and get disappointed about what they do.
If you don’t want to appear in such a situation, make sure you are one step ahead of your competitors. Conclusion
E-teaching gives you the opportunity to create, and develop online teaching material, share your knowledge with students and teach individually. The fantastic thing about this is that you work any time, from home or anywhere with internet connection.
Do you also want to be an online teacher and have your own e-teaching platform?
Article by Vera Mirzoyan
Published at Feb 20, 2019
Last updated at Feb 20, 2019