With the recent trend in schools' cutting classes for adjunct faculty, adjuncts are resorting to teaching fewer classes at each of more schools. Gone are the days when we could teach at just one or two schools and have enough classes to make a decent income. Some adjuncts are teaching for fifteen or more schools while continuing to apply to new schools so there are enough classes in reserve when classes are inexplicably cut from their course load. Scheduling can be a nightmare and mistakes can mean losing classes. Managing workload, large classes, and multiple school schedules is vital to preserving an adequate course load and maintaining financial security. There really is no choice for most adjuncts and teaching ten or more online classes requires new strategies to manage workload so that each class takes no more than 2-4 hours a week. This guide provides online faculty with strategies and tips to streamline workload and manage large classes, with a chapter addressing the unique challenges in managing classes and schedules at multiple schools.
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Leslie Bowman has delivered again in her latest book, Online Teaching for Adjunct Faculty. Given the state of higher education in the United States today, reading all of Bowman's books should be required for new college faculty. Using her straightforward and practical approach, Bowman guides the reader through a plethora of timesaving tips, checklists, technology suggestions, and sample responses to students.
I have been teaching online since 2000 and first found Bowman's blog, and then her Grading Made Fast and Easy book. Both were extremely useful in teaching me how to streamline my grading and feedback so that I was still offering robust comments to students but taking less time. In Communities of Practice, I learned about how to use Bowman's revolutionary peer review process for the online class (revolutionary because no schools are using her logical approach). In Online Teaching for Adjunct Faculty, I wondered if there was any more I could possibly learn. Indeed there...
Bowman has provided yet another valuable source of information for the adjunct online educator, although anyone who teaches online will find this book very useful. The book is organized into seven chapters, each one tackling a specific component of teaching multiple sections online without losing your mind. Bowman provides numerous tips, and tools throughout the book to aid the newbie, or seasoned online educator manage multiple class sections without sacrificing other aspects of their lives. By utilizing Bowman's tips, and strategies, an instructor could take a 50 hour work week, and cut it in half, leaving plenty of time for other professional activities, and family time. This is Bowman's sixth book, and all deserve a spot on every online educator's shelf.
There is a lot of information presented. If your are considering or a brand new adjunct, this book will help. The time saving tips alone were worth the cost. It is also good to know what are common excuses or complaints from students or about schools.
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