As technology improves, we have a number of new opportunities to learn and make money online. There has been a dramatic increase in online learning as students complete college courses online, and look for tutors online. This increase in online learning has led to an increased demand for online teachers.
If you have a level of tech savvy, it is possible to make money with online teaching, whether you do so through more “official” channels, or whether you teach in another way.
Online Teaching through a University
If you have the proper credentials, you can teach online classes for a university. Some for-profit universities with an emphasis in online learning, such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan, only require a Master’s degree (and, to teach some courses, you might only need a Bachelor’s degree). If you can show that you have reasonable qualifications to teach, you can manage online courses.
It’s also possible to teach online courses for more traditional universities. Even the most prestigious universities, like Harvard, are adding online courses that count toward a degree. My husband teaches two online courses for Utah State University. However, to teach online for a more traditional education institution, you definitely need a Master’s degree, and you probably need a Ph.D. to teach many of the courses.
Check with the university to find out if there are openings for instructors who can teach online. You will probably need to know how to use an educational content platform, like Canvas or Blackboard, or some other platform used by the university. In some cases, you might be required to hold Skype chats or teach webinars.
There are a number of web sites that offer online tutoring services. If you are proficient in a particular subject area, you can sign up to be a tutor. You will probably need to demonstrate your command of the subject in question before you could help others with it. In some cases, you need to have a degree to tutor. There are also opportunities to tutor for standardized tests, like the SAT and GRE.
You can apply to be an online tutor at sites like Tutor.com and TutorVista. Most likely, you will need to commit to specific hours of the day, or be on call to help in “emergency” situations. Before you apply, make sure you understand the requirements of the job, and what you will be required to do as a tutor, and whether there are specific hours to work, or software purchases you need to make.
Teach Webinars, or Offer Your Own Online Classes
In addition to working for others as a teacher or a tutor, it is also possible to teach webinars or offer your online classes and workshops. Web sites like Big Marker can help you set up a community, and offer classes. You can even set up to charge for webinards and online classes. If you have something valuable to share, and you think others would pay to learn it, you can turn online teaching into a home business idea.
More on Making Money
If you go this route, you have a number of options. You can develop a course on a specific subject, and then sell it. You can also decide to hold regular webinars and online workshops, providing interaction with others, and helping them in a more in-depth way. It’s also possible to set up one-on-one teaching time with those you are helping. There are a number of web sites that can help you manage these online teaching opportunities, and even help you charge (and collect) a fee. Just make sure you understand the terms of the arrangement, since you will probably have to share some of your earnings with whatever platform you use.
Online teaching can be a good way to make money on the side, or even as your career. Think about what you know, and consider whether you are considered expert. If you really know your stuff, you could be paid to teach it online.