The Online Programs Humanities group was formerly the Expository Writing Tutorial (EWT) and Young Students Writing Tutorial (YWT). The EWT began in 1983 with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The YWT began 10 years later to serve students younger than 7th-grade age.
In 1997, we merged the programs as part of Online Programs. More recently, with the introduction of Language Arts (Grammar Matters, Art Meets Science, Young Readers' Series, Young Adult Readers' Series critical reading courses), Visual Storytelling and Visual Literacy, and Music, the Writing Program has begun growing into a Humanities Program. More than 44,000 students worldwide have taken part in this unique experience.
For Writing courses, instructors comment on students' writing, noting what works and what needs work, mixing praise with constructive criticism. Students apply these extensive comments to subsequent assignments. Students and instructors also carry on a meta-cognitive conversation about writing and the experience of writing. The work is done in three formats: email, web-based, and flexi-paced. Frequency of contact varies from about bi-weekly (email) to daily (web-based) to extended periods of silence (flexi-paced).
In Grammar courses, the focus of Building Blocks and From Structure to Style is on meta-cognitive discussions regarding how grammar affects writing. Since some assignments require substantive grammatical changes that may not improve the prose, the quality of the writing is less important than the quality of the thinking about writing. Both courses contain 5 lessons, requiring 5 instructor responses. All courses are web-based format with frequent contact (no less than every other day).
For the Critical Reading courses, discussion of the readings is the primary focus. Instructors act as guides on the side. Students produce short creative writing assignments for each lesson. The Art Meets Science Series contains 5 lessons requiring 5 instructor responses. All courses are web-based with frequent contact (no less than every other day).
Students do not receive grades unless especially requested by parents or schools. Instead, instructors write a one-page evaluation of each student's progress at the end of the course.
Review the academic calendar for session dates.
The instructor's time commitment varies with experience and course format. Only those able to consistently commit time will be considered. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We hire the majority of our instructors during late spring, and those instructors typically work during our summer sessions. To be included in the first round of consideration, it is best to get your complete application to us by March 1. We occasionally hire at other times and will keep all applications on file in case other hiring needs arise. You will be notified of a decision on a rolling basis. A criminal background check is part of our employment process.