Higher Education Concerns Over Online Teaching

With all of the excitement about the expansion of online higher education, no one is talking about the working conditions for online faculty....


According to a recent survey initiated by the United Association of Labor Education or UALE (http://www.uale.org/)  Online Learning Working Group, both tenured and adjunct faculty in colleges and universities express dissatisfaction with the routinization and loss of control over their work when their courses are delivered online. Poor pay is also an issue for the adjunct faculty who usually teach these courses.

This survey, prompted by concern that in all the excitement about the expansion of higher education into online delivery, no one was talking about the working conditions of online faculty, was a project of the OLWG and COCAL, the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor. Sent out by SurveyMonkey during October and November 2012, it drew 132 responses from 36 states and 107 different institutions, ranging from Research I universities to community colleges, private non-profits and for-profits.

Interestingly, union-based online educators do not seem to share these concerns. Another survey of teaching in a union-based environment is planned.
Read more: Loss of Control and Poor Pay are Major Concerns of Online Faculty in Academic Settings

and Working Conditions of Online Teaching


The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is a national organization of labor educators working towards progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement. Education is an essential tool of union transformation, developing new leadership and meeting the ever-changing needs of unions and workers.

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