I am considering applying for On-line faculty positions (preferably full time, rather than adjunct) at various colleges. I have never 'attended' an on-line course as a student or faculty, and would like to know what's involved. It seems now there are a lot of on-line positions and that may be my best chance to get a full time teaching position. All others are adjuncts (meaning instability- having to look for positions every semester).
I would like to specifically know what kind of computer system I would need(my computer is 3-4 yeard old, with Windows XP), what softwares should I have(I only have Microsoft word & excel), and how does the student/faculty interaction take place?
I have heard the name 'Canvas' at a community college here. Anyone has experience with this?
I would also like to know your experience as a student if you have taken on-line courses. How does the student/faculty interaction take place? Does everyone have a camera installed, and what you like/dislike about on-line learning.
My preference is almost always to have face to face interaction, and to fully utilize my presentation skills. An On-line position won't allow it, but if it's the only way I can get a full-time job for 9 months out of each year, it may be the way to go.
I do have alternative plans if this does not work out. Right now I am trying to assess the feasibility of working as a full time on-line faculty at a college (and if it's on-line, it doesn't even have to be local).
Thanks in advance.