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How to Succeed at an Online Teacher Interview - Tips for a Successful Interview

So you got your first interview to become an online teacher! How exciting! In this post I will provide you with everything you need to know that will help guide you on what to expect and prepare to get hired!

Once you’ve submitted your job applications and have landed the first interview, you are so close to beginning your career as an online teacher. It’s very important to be prepared for the interview.

Below I have provided you with some tips on how to be successful in your online English teaching interview!

Tips for a Successful Interview

Some of these tips might seem obvious and others will give you pause for thought. But rest assured, they are are all worth mentioning so that you can be sure to nail those interviews and land the online teaching job of your choice.

Be Prepared!

Sign up for a free list of common interview questions I have outlined so that you can prepare yourself professional answers. It’s easy to see who has put thought into...

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Teach English Online - 5 Things You Should Know to Start Your Online English Teaching Job

So a couple of months ago, I began my journey in teaching English online to Chinese kids. I wanted to venture into this job market to get a real feel for what it is like to teach English overseas.

Throughout the process, I have been documenting my progress so that I can share it with others who might be interested in this career path and would like to know more information about getting started.

After doing the research, I learned that teaching English online in Asia is becoming more and more common. It is currently one of the most demanding online teaching jobs on the market. Asian countries are in high demand for English speaking teachers to teach their children ESL from ages 4 to 14.

No longer do you have to travel across the world to teach English to foreign students. Nor do you even have to have a real classroom to teach in. Technology now gives us the ability to teach English online from home!

5 Things You Should Know About Getting Started in Teaching English...

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Improving Online Courses - Review of an Article on Current Trends for Designers in eLearning / Online Teaching (Part 2)

This is a review of the online article written by Marry Ann for eLearning Industry on December 2, 2018:

How To Improve An Online Course In 2019: A Comprehensive Guide

Below, I have considered the suggestions and areas provided in the article – synthesizing the points shared.

Due to the extensiveness of my review, this is presented in a two-part series.

Part Two:

Ann suggests utilizing micro-modules, claiming that it can boost course engagement. This is something I had not previously put much though into, but from conducting research, I found that many other experts agree with this statement as well.

It is recommended to divide courses into modules that are in line with the objectives in 1-2 week increments. This makes sense to me because it can help students feel as if they are making progress and not stuck working on a single module for weeks at a time.

I also agree with the suggestion to include an objective and outcome section at the beginning of each...

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Gamification in the Online Classroom - Gamify Learning to Engage Students

Using games in your online classroom can be extremely motivating by engaging and helping them to master skills and processes. Below I have listed a few popular gamification tools and how you can implement them into your own classroom.


Quizizz is a completely free multiplayer game based learning program that allows students to practice together, but on their own time. For example, the homework option of this program can be used by assigning quizzes to students to complete on their own time, with a set due date. Teachers can also locate quizzes that are made by other teachers or create their own. Students can play together using gamification elements like avatars, leaderboard, and funny memes. Teachers can then analyze detailed class and student-level reports to determine where their students need help.


DUST is a type of MMRPG that is also free to use. Funded by various science grants and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, DUST is aimed to...

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The Future of eLearning - Growing Trends in Teaching Online Began Many Years Ago

Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?

The Past

I believe that the most influential historic event that has affected the direction of eLearning as well as distance education would the creation of the internet in 1969, followed by the introduction to the first personal computer in 1975.

In my opinion, the invention of these tools would make distance education sound truly possible and practical, which has in turn led us to the advancements and accessibility that we have today.

The invention of the internet has given students and educators access to multiple eLearning tools that aid in instruction. Most classrooms today have access to the internet and it has greatly influenced how we instruct and learn.

In addition to eLearning, the internet has helped aid in distance education. Employers are now viewing an online degree just as credible as a regular college degree.

From the invention of the internet, distance education has truly become possible. It allows for students...

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Why I Work From Home and Teach Online

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2019

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Why I Started Teaching

One of the many reasons that I became a teacher is because I wanted to be on my daughter's schedule. I wanted to be available for her, and not ever have to make her go to after school care.

I worked at a daycare before I had my daughter and felt like I saw other people's babies more than their own parents. From that experience, I wanted to be sure that I would always be available for my kids whenever they needed me.

I also have a very strong passion for education. I have always loved school and find such value in learning. However, when I began my teaching journey, I realized that my passion for education was almost impossible to express due to so many different factors.

Why I Went Back to School

I was overwhelmed. From nagging parents, disruptive students, overbearing principals, and having to stay hours past the bell every school day, I knew that I had to make a change. My dreams of being...

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Improving Online Courses - Review of an Article on Current Trends for Designers in eLearning / Online Teaching (Part 1)

This is a review of the online article written by Marry Ann for eLearning Industry on December 2, 2018:

How To Improve An Online Course In 2019: A Comprehensive Guide

Below, I have considered the suggestions and areas provided in the article – synthesizing the points shared.

This post is presented in a two-part series.

Part One:

Ann provides an excellent tool for designers to follow to improve course design that is consistent with the current trends in the eLearning industry. There are numerous suggestions and areas provided in the article that are worth taking a closer look at when considering improving one’s own online course.

The significance of course design cannot be over-estimated. When students begin an online course, first impressions are crucial. Students form these first impressions in the first few minutes of viewing an online course.

Ann discusses the importance of a course introduction, stating that learners must have clear expectations of...

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Self Directed Learning in Teaching Online - A Growing Trend in eLearning

The trend of SDL in the online classroom is increasingly on the rise. Research states that learning is becoming progressively self-directed, accessible, and informal.

Self-directed learning is a process in which students take control, with or without help from others, identifying their own learning needs, constructing goals, identifying the resources for their needs, deciding on appropriate learning strategies, and assessing their learning outcomes.

According to research, the future of eLearning predicts for “more user-autonomy” and “fewer mandated learning paths” allowing for “more integrated, searchable, catalogued systems”. SDL is an important trend in advancing the online learning environment due to its unique characteristics in separating physical and social experiences.

There are many motivational factors when it comes to SDL in the online environment. This may be one reason that eLearning is gaining such a large popularity among...

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Online Teaching Jobs - Teach English Online, Online Tutoring Jobs, and Many Other Career Opportunities Available to Work at Home

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Trends are Growing in Online Teaching

Online schooling has definitely not reached its peak. Research says that the global eLearning market is currently growing over 10% each year. The average annual salary ranges from $30,000 to $60,000.

 Types of Online Teaching Careers 

K-12 Virtual School Teacher

eLearning is our future. K12 virtual schools are expected to grow from $107 billion in 2015 to $325 billion by 2025. Kids anywhere from grade 3 through high school are often moving to an online learning platform.

There is a virtual school platform for every state in the country. If you are currently teaching in the K-12 setting and still want to teach your specific subject area this may be the route for you. Virtual k-12 teachers make anywhere between $30,000 and $80,000 annually.

Online Tutor

The field of online tutoring is promising to academic entrepreneurs. Tutoring face-to-face has been popular for many years, but the growth in online...

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Team and Group Assessment When Teaching Online – Strategies and Tips on Grading Individual Online Students When Working in Teams

The importance in using appropriate instructional strategies when assessing student’s online teamwork and collaboration proficiencies is crucial and that understanding has been supported through numerous scholarly research articles.

However, deciding on suitable instructional strategies does not always come easy when it comes to evaluating individual efforts in teamwork.

To begin, it is essential for online teachers to establish a clear and concise criteria using authentic assessment and rubrics for grading.

A particularly more effective approach to developing grading rubrics is to assess and reward specific discussion behaviors and responses on collaboration. It is recommended to use a Likert-type scale with explicit rubrics, measuring at least two dimensions of the team involvement:

  • The functioning of the team
  • The performance of each individual

In addition to providing grading rubrics, teachers should utilize other strategies when assessing teamwork including monitoring...

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