If you are interested in being an instructor in the Kepler Certificate program, please review the following information.
The Kepler Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of the serious student of astrology, from beginning to professional. We are committed to providing our students with an online learning environment that is conducive to the best practices in education. Our goal is to ensure our students learn not only the material presented, but gain the critical learning skills necessary to help them successfully analyze, evaluate, incorporate and synthesize new information.To help us meet these goals, we ask the following from all instructors:
- Include a citation for all materials used that indicates where it came from (even if it is you)
- Do not promote a single method for any approach. You can say what you prefer, but you must present the range of options used by you and other astrologers.
- As best you can, research the background for any technique: What is its lineage? Where did it originate? Can you trace it back to the Greeks? Jyotish? Is it something that came into use recently?
- Who uses it? Are there any controversies surrounding it? Where does it seem to work best? Worst? Is there a specific philosophy behind its use?
- Clearly identify any ethical issues related to the use of the methods presented
- Place the astrology in context. This means that we would like you to anchor the astrological technique within mainstream cultural constructs. For example, if you are working with astrological techniques and the stock market, you should not only explain how the stock market works, but also explain how non-astrologers approach the task of prediction. If presenting counseling techniques, you should present where they come from and how they are the same or different from counseling techniques used by psychologists or other certified counselors.
- Clearly define your learning goals and outcomes for each week or session and for the course as a whole. What will your students know, or should know, by the end of week and by the end of the course? What methods will you use to evaluate whether or not the students have successfully learned the essentials (quiz, discussion forum, written assignments, oral presentations)?
- Provide active learning situations. This means that students should be given exercises and assignments that encourage them to draw connections and meanings on their own rather than just reading various materials or listening to lectures.
- Work with charts, but only rarely with individual student’s charts. There are both ethical and educational reasons why students’ charts should not be the focus of classroom exercises.
- Be willing to spend the time to answer student’s questions, respond to their discussion posts, grade their assignments and meet with them “live” (via GoToMeeting) on a regular basis (every week or every other week).
Options for teaching
- Teaching is its own skill. Some of the best astrologers are not very good teachers, although they may be wonderful lecturers. And some teachers who are excellent with an in-person class may not be well-matched for an online class. In order to best serve our students, we will ask for some type of audition before setting up a class. This may consist of a webinar, a detailed outline of your course curriculum, or other demonstration. In addition, new instructors will have a trial period which will include being paired with an established instructor.
- Our regular certificate courses are 10 weeks long and generally consist of 4 units. A unit is a measure of the amount of outside work the student must complete in order to be successful. A student should expect to spend between 1 to 3 hours per unit in outside study.
- We encourage team-teaching or incorporating outside lecturers into your class. It is not only exciting for the class, but having another person available directly shows students a different perspective.
- You may find that the topic you want to teach is better suited to one or two hour-long webinars, a short series of online, interactive workshops, or some other format. In that case, you and Kepler will need to determine a reasonable fee.
Please know, if there is a Kepler instructor who already has a class that is the same or similar to what you would like to provide, in fairness to our current instructor, we will probably not accept your class unless there is a persuasive reason to do so.
- Instructors are generally paid 50% of whatever tuition is received for the course.
Note that the course materials you develop remain your property. You may be asked for permission to publish an article from your class on the Kepler website or we may ask you to let us use spotlighted material in our marketing campaign.
What Kepler Provides the Instructor
- Administrative Oversight: Kepler will oversee registration and payment by students, as well as handle student tracking and other administrative tasks.
- Marketing: Kepler will include the instructor’s course in its marketing for the Certificate Program and will openly promote its availability.
- Online Course Software: Kepler will provide training and support for its online course site software. In addition, Kepler will provide the initial online structure for the course and technical assistance in its development.
- Online Meeting Software: Kepler will provide training in the use of our online meeting software as well as technical support. In addition, Kepler will provide a method for students to receive recorded meetings.
- Training in online teaching: Kepler will offer training and assistance in best practices in education and for online training. We promote a student-centered program. This means that active learning should be encouraged whenever possible, rather than the student simply being a recipient of the instructor’s knowledge.
- Training and assistance in the creation of PowerPoint videos. Kepler will providing training and assistance in converting PowerPoint files (or equivalent presentations created with Open Office or Google Docs) to online video.
- Other Opportunities. Instructors will be given access to the Marion D. March Electronic Library. Instructors are also able to attend another instructor’s course as a guest if they so desire and as long as it is not disruptive to the other course.
- Evaluation: Kepler will provide an opportunity for students to evaluate the instructor and the course to assist the instructor in improvements.