Many of you already know my story. I taught art in galleries, studios, and classrooms for 20 years. I also enjoy a career as a freelance writer. These professions gifted me with time to spend with my two special needs children. The past two years have been difficult for my kids. As they get older their special needs are becoming more complex and they need me at home. The hospitalisations over the past two years number in the twenties. Last March was particularly difficult when my daughter's cardiologist wanted to put her on the heart transplant list. My daughter's heart health improved with a change in meds and a heart operation, so we can postpone the transplant list for a little while. It's not a coincidence that March is when I started teaching online art, design, writing, and how-to build and grow a creative career on Skillshare. My children need me at home. I drastically cut my hours teaching outside my home and opted to move my career online where I control my schedule. The reality of household bills and $25 hospital parking doesn't cease after ones life is turned upside down.
I am grateful for the online education field and wanted to share my thoughts about it with you. I know so many talented people who as in similar situations to mine. I encourage them to consider a career as an online teacher. I hope you enjoy my article below. ♥
Online education is here to stay. My brother is a PhD candidate working in a university where his class is broadcast to 4 other universities. I saw a news segment on television this week about Coursera + edX becoming a growing platform for college grads to take courses because many feel they didn't get a real-world education in college. I live in Canada where EVERYTHING is overly government regulated. I am crossing my fingers that Canada doesn't over regulate online education. I feel we are in the infancy of online ed. Like anything, the field will be flooded at the beginning but drop off due to some online ed teachers realising they don't like the platform, or aren't really that good online. Once they leave, the platform will level off and teachers who stayed and improved will succeed and grow. In theory, the longer you stay on the platform, the more students you will get, which is social proof of your talent as a teacher. Online education teaching is a marathon not a sprint (yes, a dreadfully overused 2016 phrase). I'm sticking around. I can be at hospital with my children and still work on my Skillshare classes . It's the best solution to being in two places at one time. ♥