Teach With Us

Here are answers to some of the questions potential instructors frequently ask about teaching with ed2go.

Do I have to pay anything in order to participate?

Absolutely not! If you are selected to join the ed2go faculty, we will develop your course at our expense.

How many schools do you work with?

We provide Online Courses to a network of over 2,100 top colleges, universities, and other organizations - from the State Universities of New York to the California State University system, and everywhere in between. Find participating partners in your area.

What type of student will be taking my courses?

The colleges, universities, and other organizations in our network will market your courses directly to working adults in the community through their community education, community services, adult education, workforce development, contract training, and/or extension departments. Your course will be credit-free, which means that enrollment will be open to anyone. Other than the fact that your course will be marketed primarily to adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, your audience will not be limited to students of any one occupation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or any other factor.

How will I know how many students are in my class?

When your course begins, you will be provided with access to a real-time course statistics page showing the number of students who have enrolled in each of your course sections.

How many hours can I expect students to spend on each lesson?

Each lesson should be designed to take no more than two hours of the student's time to explore.

How much time will I spend answering student questions, providing feedback, checking links, correcting errors, and updating my course materials?

We require you to commit at least 10 hours per week to your online classroom. Of course, you are always welcome to spend more time improving your course and keeping your students satisfied. Think of your course as if it were a business, and think of your students as your customers. We have found a direct correlation between the amount of time an instructor spends caring for students and the level of student satisfaction with the course. This satisfaction usually translates into good word of mouth and steady enrollments.

What happens if students forget their passwords or have other technical difficulties? Will I be bombarded with questions that are unrelated to my course material?

You are only required to answer questions related to your course material. We will provide you with support staff to help your students sort out any other issues that arise.

Will I need to evaluate my students' quizzes and assignments?

Not unless you want to. All of our quizzes are fully automated, and we will teach you how to create assignments that can be self-evaluated by your students.

What sort of record-keeping is required? Do I need to take roll and keep a gradebook?

All of our record-keeping is automated. The students add themselves to your rosters automatically, and qualified college representatives will grant your students access to your online classroom. All quiz and final exam scores are logged in a student database. Both the student and his or her sponsoring school will have instant access to online progress reports and completion letters.

How much time will it take me to develop a course for you?

Most of our instructors require three to six months of development time before their course is considered complete.

How often will my course be offered to students?

A new session of your course will begin on the second or third Wednesday of each month. This means that your course will be offered 12 times each year.

Must I teach every month? I like to take off during certain times of the year.

Your classroom is entirely Web-based, which means that you can access your discussion areas from almost anywhere in the world. If you can get on the Internet, you can facilitate your class discussions. Most of our instructors have obtained laptops so that they can log on and manage their discussion areas even when traveling. If you will be without Internet access for more than one week in any given year, you will either need to hire a substitute teacher to monitor your discussion areas, or you will need to reconsider your ability to facilitate online instruction.

Do the students have an opportunity to provide me with any constructive feedback on my course or instructional technique?

Each of your students will be invited to submit an evaluation of your course. These evaluations will be made available to you the instant that they are received from the student.

How much money will I make?

That depends on how many courses you decide to teach for us and how many students enroll in each course every month. Our best advice: don't quit your day job! Teach online because you want to teach online, not because you have to do so. Look to your online courses to provide you with a convenient way to supplement your regular income while working part-time from the comfort of home. If you're a writer (or just aspire to be one), there are other benefits: teaching online can provide you with a reliable source of extra income while also giving you opportunities to interact directly with your readers, to build an online following, and to solicit feedback and inspiration for additional works.

How often do I get paid?

Royalty checks are mailed once monthly, no later than 30 days after the end of each course section.

May I require the purchase of a textbook as a prerequisite for enrollment in my course?

No. Although we encourage you to recommend books (including your own) to students, we will not permit you to require the purchase of any book. Online students are extremely sensitive to price and convenience. Our experience has shown that a textbook requirement is costly, inconvenient, and detrimental to enrollments. Instead of requiring your students to buy a book, try developing a course that is so complete, well-researched, and well-written that your students will not require a textbook. When your course is fully written, your students should be able to print your lessons to use as a comprehensive reference guide to the subject matter you teach.

Who teaches for you?

We've assembled a teaching staff that is second to none, including the likes of best-selling authors Alan Simpson, Sherry London, Eva Shaw, and many more.

What do other instructors say about you?

Here are some actual quotes from members of our teaching staff:

"Working with ed2go has been a fun ride so far, and an increasingly lucrative one at that. I spent a couple of months developing my courses and now suddenly I have several hundred students from all over the U.S. and Canada! The folks at ed2go have responded rapidly when I needed changes made to my materials and have (gently) nudged me to provide fixes or changes necessary. I heartily recommend doing a course or three with ed2go."

-Scott Jernigan
PC Troubleshooting, A+ Certification

"I have been working with ed2go since their inception. Getting the lessons written was the hard part, of course. After that, things are pretty simple. To keep my class up-to-date, I have to periodically update the material. I also spend between 10 and 45 minutes a day answering questions from students. The enrollments in my classes keep increasing, and I look forward to consistently receiving a check in the mail between the third and fourth weeks of every month. The founder is one of the nicest, most honest people I know. Any reservations I may have had at first about ed2go were put to rest because of my respect for the founder of ed2go."

-Kathy Van Pelt
PowerPoint, Keyboarding

"I highly recommend the people of ed2go. I'm delighted with both the instructional and the financial sides of my partnership with ed2go."

-Eva Shaw
Travel Writing, The Craft of Magazine Writing, Writerrific!

What does ed2go mean, anyway?

The legal name of our company is Education To Go and we are part of Cengage Learning. The ed2go moniker is just an abbreviated form of that name.

What courses are you already offering?

Check our Online Course Catalog to see the titles we are offering at this time.

What do I do next?

Check out the list of Courses Wanted to see some of the teaching opportunities available.

Benefits of teaching with ed2go include:

  • Credibility
  • Satisfaction
  • Support
  • Efficiency
  • Scalability
  • Marketing
  • Compensation