What it Means to Be an Online Educator

The tradition of traditional college teaching has remained fairly constant over time. This environment requires instructors to follow the same teaching standards that have remained relatively unchanged. A college professor is often associated with someone who is a subject expert. This person is likely to attain a position with tenure and will have dual roles as an instructor or researcher. They are expected to be published authors in peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, and have contributed knowledge to the field. This form of education and instructor exists still, but there is now an online college/university.

It is unlikely that you will find a position as a professor in the modern world of online education. Online universities usually employ adjuncts. Some refer to their instructors and facilitators as “facilitators”. While universities may expect instructors to attend annual professional education, few institutions require them to publish peer-reviewed journals articles. The new breed of educator that meets the needs and wants of modern students is what is most needed. Online universities need to embrace the modern educator, and this is the moment for them to do so.

From traditional to online teaching

The lecture-driven class is still the best way to teach students. The lecture-driven class is where the instructor provides information to students. Students must also demonstrate their learning through various assessments. They are confident that their professor or instructor has a deep understanding of the topic area they are learning. This style of teaching is similar to that used in primary education. It is teacher-centered. Technology has created new opportunities in education. This led to the development of online courses and online degree programs. These courses were originally taught by traditional educators. But, over time, that has changed a lot as adjuncts took the majority of the instructional positions. With online degree programs and online schools being established in the education sector, there was a need for a new type educator.

Modern Teaching

There was a need to employ a large number of instructors as online learning has grown. Online universities may offer classes that start every week, while others have courses that begin monthly. It was the best way to teach undergraduate students. The majority of teaching jobs required adjuncts. As a result, the number of teachers who are qualified to teach online has increased substantially. Many adjunct jobs require a doctorate. There has been an increase in online instructors due to fluctuation in enrollments and limited online instructor positions. Also, there have been more degree specializations related to online teaching. There are many online schools offering online teaching specializations. The pool also includes students who have completed their masters degree. There are about two million online instructors that teach adjunct courses.

You may need to continue your education in order to teach online. A majority of online universities require annual professional development. This requirement is usually met by online universities that offer training courses or workshops. While publishing scholarly journal can help fulfill professional development requirements, many schools do not require it. This is also a difference from a college professor in that they can present themselves in the classroom. An online instructor is sometimes called a facilitator, but rarely is the position called a professor. Some instructors will however refer to themselves in this way to indicate their position in the learning process. Many instructors at online universities advise their students to use their first names in order to create a casual and approachable image, even if they hold a doctorate.

An Example for a Modern Educator

There are many different types of online educators. There are master’s-level teachers who can also teach undergraduate courses. And there are doctoral students who can simultaneously teach undergraduate and graduate classes. It is possible that schools offering doctoral degrees have a standard for publishing the instructors in a way similar to that of college professors. A new standard is needed. Online educators must not have traditional teaching methods. Modern educators is a new type or category of teacher.

My education has evolved from traditional college teaching into online teaching. Today, I am a Modern Teacher. Instead of trying to publish in scholarly journals for months (or even longer), I publish online articles. Instead of my work being restricted to those who have read and access scholarly journals only, I now have the possibility to reach a wider audience. My work is readily available when I publish it and, more importantly, because I know how social media works. I’m connected to many international universities, educators, and students via social media.

You can share ideas and resources through social media. This applies to publishing as well. Instead of waiting to find an editor and follow the traditional publishing path, I have self-published e books. This has allowed for me to be highly engaged in the education field. It has also redefined what it is to be a college teacher. To be a Modern Teacher, you need to know what online educators should do and what online schools they are creating as a requirement.

Steps To Becoming a Modern Teacher

Online courses can be taught regardless of your degree level, whether you are a doctorate or a master’s. Professional development is essential. This is more than just taking part in a workshop. It needs to be about making intellectual contributions. Modern educators need to engage in social and professional networking. These are some strategies and steps that you can use in order to become a Modern educator.

#1. #1. Write a blog. Blog posts can help you share the knowledge you’ve gained while you do research on your professional interests. Word Press, among others, is a free tool that allows you to share and create a blog.

#2. Write Online Articles. Instead of writing articles and submitting them to scholarly journals which may always be an option, look for a resource that will allow you to publish your articles online. You can reach a wider audience with articles that are based in part on your knowledge and experiences. This will enable you to improve your writing skills and establish yourself as a subject-matter expert. Ezine Articles allows me to market my articles.

#3. Use social networking – Every online teacher should know how to establish themselves via technology. It’s only natural to want to learn how you can engage in online communities and work in an environment that is tech-enabled. LinkedIn can be used to build professional networks, find related groups and even find online jobs. Twitter connects you with international students, educators, universities and can be used to exchange resources.

#4. Build a Website -If your ambitions are high and you want to do more than just a blog, you might also consider building your own website. This could be used to host resources you have created that can be shared with students or educators. There are many webhosting services that are free, and some that cost a small fee.

#5. #5. Nook and Kindle devices are the most in-demand. Kobo is another device which is growing in popularity. It can be used on mobile devices, such as Blackberry. The book will be formatted by a professional, then you will have to sign up to distribute it. It can usually be done in just a few hours.

Maintaining Modern Educator Status

Modern educators do more that teach online classes. They are active in their chosen field of education. They have the ability to teach using technology tools and can also engage in virtual communities of educators via social networks. Modern Educators also do research and make intellectual contributions via technological means. The work they publish is done through technologically-enabled resources and made immediately available for their intended audience. They have mastered social media and are able to share their work and resources with other students and educators.

It is time that the Modern Educator mindset becomes the standard for online learning. Instruction has evolved from traditional to online format, so the instructor must adapt. It is crucial that online schools and hiring managers recognize the Modern Educator. This person is likely to have taught for multiple institutions due fluctuating enrollments, staff changes, but what is most important is their continuing professional development and intellectual contributions. Someone who has more than a few years of experience as an online teacher is the ideal candidate for an online teaching job. You should also be able to use technology to help you publish your work and network with other educators. Modern Educators are the new college professors who are most equipped to teach through technology.

History of Educational Technology

We don’t have any written evidence to prove the origin of the term “educational technology”. Educational Technology can be defined in different ways by different educationists, scientists, and philosophers. Educational technology is a multifaceted, integrated process that includes people, procedure and ideas. In order to implement, evaluate and manage all aspects of human learning, technology from various fields is used.

The five stages have all been used to describe educational technology.

The first stage is educational technology that includes the use aids such as maps, symbols and models. Educational technology was used as a synonym for audiovisual aids.

The second phase of educational technology can be referred to as the ‘electronic révolution’. This refers to the introduction and establishment sophisticated hardware and software. Educational technology has seen a revolution thanks to the advent of many audio-visual tools such as projectors, tape recorders, tape-recorders, radios, televisions, and magic lanterns. The educational technology concept was defined in terms these advanced instruments and equipments that allow for the effective presentation of instructional material.

The third stage is related to the development of mass-media, which in turn led ‘communication révolution’ for instructional purposes. Computer-assisted instructional (CAI) was also popularized during this era.

The fourth stage is educational technology’s individualized process of instruction. A new dimension was added to education technology by the invention of program learning and programmed instruction. Self-instructional materials, teaching machines and self-learning were the foundations of a new system of self learning.

The current concept of educational tech is influenced in part by the concept system engineering. System approach focuses on teaching machines, language laboratories, programming, multimedia technologies and the application of the computer in instruction. It defines educational technology as a systematic method of planning, carrying-out, and evaluating the whole process of teaching and learning, with specific objectives.

Educational technology in the Stone Age (Bolsen Age), the Bronze Age, or the Iron Age
Although there is some uncertainty about the origin of educational technology, it can be traced back as far as the three-age system periodization in human prehistory. These were the Stone Age (Bolsen Age), and the Iron Age.

The Stone Age saw simple technological advancements such as the ignition of fire using rubbing stones, the manufacture of various weapons and utensils made from stones, and clothing practices. A small percentage of Stone Age people invented ocean-worthy outrigger ships to allow them to travel across the Ocean. It was through this technology that they gained their first formal education in knowledge about ocean currents and weather conditions. For agricultural use, the polished stone tools of the Stone Age period (Neolithic Period) were made mostly from hard rock. Underground tunnels were dug, which could be considered the first step in mining technology. They were so powerful that even after iron and bronze appeared, they were still used for clearing trees and establishing crop farming.

Stone Age cultures had no written records. However, archaeological evidences prove their transition from nomadic life into agricultural settlement. The preserved tools of ancient times are found in various museums. Cave paintings from Altamira cave in Spain and other prehistoric art include the Venus in Willendorf, Mother Goddess in Laussel, France, among others. These are just some of the evidences supporting their cultures.

The Neolithic Revolution was a period of rapid development in Stone Age that led to the rise of Bronze Age. It saw the birth of agriculture, animal breeding, and permanent settlements. Bronze Age people created metal smelting for these purposes, with copper, and later bronze, an alloy of tin or copper, being their materials of choice.

Iron utensils proved to be stronger than their bronze counterparts and the Iron Age people developed iron smelting technology. Iron Age in many Eurasian cultures was before the invention of written scripts.

Educational technology during Ancient civilizations
Paul Saettler states that 2004 is the beginning of educational technology. He says it can be traced back as far as when tribal priests organized bodies of knowledge, and ancient cultures invented pictographs (or sign writing) to record and transmit data. One can find an instructional method or set of methods that are intended to promote a particular culture at any stage of human civilization. This was supported by many investigations and evidences. The technology used to instruct individuals and groups to manage an educated society has become more complex with each successive culture. Through the centuries, every significant shift of educational values, goals, or objectives has led to diverse technologies in instruction.

The rise and fall of ancient civilizations brought about the greatest technological and engineering advancements. These discoveries influenced other societies all over the globe to adopt new ways in living and governance.

Indus Valley Civilization is an early Bronze Age civilization that existed in the Indian Subcontinent’s northern region. The Indus River basin, which is part of the Indus River, was the center of the civilization. The region extended up to the Ghaggar Hakra River Valley and Ganges Yamuna Doab.

It is difficult to know for certain the Harappan language. It is presumed that their writing was, at most, a pictographic text. The basic signs of the script appear to have been around 400, with many variations. People usually write their script in the same direction, which is from right to left. The majority of the writing can be found on seals, which were most likely used for trade and official & administration work.

Harappan people knew the measurements of length, mass, weight, and time. They were the pioneers in developing a system that uses uniform weights.

P. N. Rao et.al. performed a study. In 2009, Computer Scientists discovered that Indus script’s structure is similar to spoken words. This support the hypothesis of an Indus script that codes for an unknown language.

According to the Chinese Civilization some of China’s most significant techno-offerings include paper, early seismological detects, matches, ironplow, the multi-tube-seed drill, the suspension Bridge, the wheelbarrow and the parachute. Natural gas as fuel is also available. The blast furnace, propeller, crossbow, South Pointing Chariot, gun powder, and the propeller are just a few examples. Their first step to educational technology was made with the invention and cultivation of paper.

Ancient Egyptian language was, at one time, one of most important and longest-lived languages in the world. Their script included pictures of real things, such as birds, animals, and different tools. These pictures are often called hieroglyph. Their language consisted of more than 500 hieroglyphs that are also known as hieroglyphics. There is evidence of many artistic hieroglyphics, as shown by the discovery and rescue of tombs or stone monuments.