How online education is making teachers less effective
The number of teaching assistants in the U.S. has fallen by more than 10 percent since the beginning of the year, and the shortage of online educators is creating a vicious cycle of lower salaries and less teaching.
In many states, schools have seen the need for more online instruction in the classroom and now they’re trying to fill the gap with more people.
But for educators, the issue has become more complicated, and it’s getting harder to keep up with the demand for their services, said Mary Beth Richey, an associate professor of education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Richey has been trying to help teachers find more ways to teach online, which is why she is joining forces with educators in San Francisco and Boston to launch a new nonprofit called Teachings Beyond Digital.
Richely, along with her colleagues, are working to improve online education by making sure teachers can use the tools they have to do their jobs.
The organization is currently working on a curriculum and resources that are designed to help educators navigate the online learning environment.
It’s launching a new online tool for teachers that’s designed to make sure teachers know what the apps can do, said Emily Meeks, a teacher at Boston’s Emerson College.
It also has plans to introduce a website to let teachers share their work and learn from their peers and mentors online.
“Teachers have to be able to use their skills in a way that makes sense, and then we’re going to have to make the right decisions about what kind of learning they want to do,” said Richeys co-founder and CEO, Lisa Buehler.
The nonprofit is hoping to launch Teachings Without Borders in January 2018, which aims to help educate about 10,000 teachers through a website and app.
Teachers, who make up about 10 percent of the nation’s population, are the largest group of online learners, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
They account for a whopping 44 percent of teachers employed in the United States.
The problem with teaching online is that they have no access to teachers, said Rietz.
“If you’re a teacher, you can’t do it because you’re not online,” she said.
In California, where TeachingsBeyondDigital is based, about 6 percent of all teachers are online, but that number drops to about 3 percent in states like New York and Texas, said Buehl.
It can be hard to find the time to do all the work that teachers need, Buehr said.
That’s why Buehner, who is also the co-director of the New York Public Library’s Center for Teacher Connectivity, is launching TeachingsWithBridget, a website designed for teachers and online learners to find each other.
Buehnes group, which has a team of about 40 staff members, is working to build relationships with schools and educators and develop a platform for teachers to connect with each other, including through their mobile apps.
Buehn said she is also working on ways to make it easier for educators to access and share their teaching materials with students.
She said that while teaching online doesn’t require that teachers be certified, many educators want to be certified to work online and have to take classes from a teacher.
She also wants to make teacher certification easier, by making it easier to get the certification you need.
“If you want to teach in a classroom, you’re going through the whole process of getting certified,” she explained.
“That’s not something you can do online.”
Teachers also need to know how to teach a certain type of material, like how to read a text or what kind.
If you are looking for someone to help you with a particular type of work, the best thing you can be doing is to ask them to join TeachingsWithoutBridgets team, Buesher said.
TeachingsWithBridget also has a website where teachers can register for classes.
The site has more than 200 classes for teachers in the Bay Area, including one class for a preschooler.
Buesher hopes that by making online learning accessible, teachers will be able get more people involved in teaching online, and also encourage teachers to get online classes.
“I think that’s the most important thing, and we have to understand that we’re just part of a system,” she added.