Call for Freelance Planning/Technology Instructors

Call for Freelance Planning/Technology Instructors

Planetizen / Urban Insight, Inc.


Planetizen is seeking experienced instructors to develop computer-based courses on a freelance basis. Instructors develop and record courses from the instructor's own computer using software provided by Planetizen. Instructors can work anytime, from any location.


  • Minimum of 1 year of teaching experience (any field, any format).
  • Minimum of 3 years of Planning or related experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise (3+ years) with one or more topics.
  • Technical proficiency with Windows OS or Mac OS.
  • Access to a modern Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.5+ computer.
  • Access to a webcam (minimum 320x240 resolution) connected to your computer.
  • Complete fluency in English.

We are seeking instructors with experience with the following technologies or software, as applied to planning and urban design:

  • Adobe Photoshop (for planning, visualization)
  • Adobe Illustrator (for planning, visualization)
  • American Factfinder
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • AutoCAD Civil/Civil 3D
  • AutoCAD LT
  • Cisco WebEx
  • Citrix GoToWebinar
  • CommunityViz
  • Facebook Groups/Pages
  • Google Docs (for collaborative writing/editing)
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps
  • Land F/X
  • LinkedIn (for public participation or networking in planning)
  • Microsoft Project (managing planning projects)
  • Open Geo Suite
  • Open Trip Planner
  • Second Life (for public participation, visualization)
  • SeeClickFix
  • Skype (for project management)
  • TransCAD
  • Twitter (used for public participation)
  • UrbanSim
  • WalkScore
  • Wikis (for public participation)


  • Participate in an initial orientation call or Skype meeting.
  • Develop a course outline in consultation with Planetizen.
  • Record a screencast course of approximately 45-50 minutes, including video and audio content.


  • Compensation is on a per course basis.
  • Compensation ranges from $200-$1,000 per course, depending on instructor qualifications and course complexity.
  • Designation as a Planetizen Courses Adjunct Instructor (2 courses), Associate Instructor (4 courses) or Master Instructor (6 courses).

To Apply

  • Please submit a cover letter stating your teaching and planning experience and identifying your expertise for any topics on which you'd like to create courses.
  • Please submit a resume.
  • Optional, but very impressive: Please include a link to a brief video or screencast of you presenting or teaching (any subject).
  • Please contact Chris Steins, Planetizen Editor, [email protected], via email (strongly preferred).

Thanks for your potential interest in becoming a Planetizen Instructor.

Posted May 21, 2011

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