"So tell me. How much experience do you have with teaching online?"
Carrie watched as the instructor seated across from her shifted in his seat.
"I’ve never taught an online course," he answered.
"Are you familiar with the best practices for online teaching?"
The instructor shook his head.
Carrie glanced down at her notepad.
This conversation has unfortunately become a common one across the sector. HR departments invest enormous resources in recruiting top talent for instructors who teach in-person, but finding someone to teach online courses can be a challenging proposition. Many times, these online only jobs aren’t even posted online, but instead sent out as an email to instructors and staff in different departments asking if they know anyone who’d be interested in the position.
As online course delivery continues to grow, these positions are becoming more common, and the occasional email to people around the academy is becoming a less reliable way of finding someone in time to run the course.
Finding a centralized place to recruit instructors for these positions continues to be a challenge despite the fact that Canada is filled with a network of instructors who are passionate and qualified to teach online and who prefer this mode of teaching to in-person classes.
Accessing these people easily and cost effectively should be an opportunity for the higher ed sector, not a challenge.
Due to an increased volume of recent requests for service in this area, Academica Careers is offering a new product - at a reduced price - specifically designed to recruit online only teaching positions.