Just to clarify. For some years most US academic institutions were open to people offshore being involved in their online programs (I know one person in Australia who got involved during that period and is doing very nicely working in business programs at distance). However, the process then changed and even if you worked online you were still largely required to live in the US.
I opened the example student simulation tutorial last night to do the two exercises and discovered it is largely what some of you are suggesting. It appears a student sends a draft of an essay and you review it. You make up to 5 comments in the text, choose 3 comment sections to offer more details on and then write a few positives and then a summation.
You are of course not supposed to edit work but the second example was from a student whose first language was not English and I've often found that it is best and more efficient to give a few detailed editorial/proofreading examples so that the person can understand correct English phrasing.
So yes, this appears to be one on one with a reasonably tight schema and you must get the review/tute done under 30min. To me that is all very well in an example piece of a page or so but what if the piece is a lot longer OR has significant issues. That time tends to depend on a student being fairly competent and literate.
But my concern about what students pay is the following. Most academic units here require a student to submit 3/4 pieces of work and yes, the student would often pay $900 for the unit plus student fees. Now, looking at this simply this then means a student can approach a tutor a maximum of 4 times for assistance so fees for this are $48. Even allowing for costs to the institution for postage etc the difference between $48 and $900 is HUGE.
I also have to say that I feel $2 an hour more for someone like me with a doctorate is not best. I have a Master's degree also, so, for my two extra degrees and seven years additional study time I obtain $2 an hour more than someone with a BA. I have also just had a book accepted for publication in the US and so, between my skill level academically and degree status I feel $12 per hour is too low.
At the same time when one cannot stand up in classes etc and isn't in a current position to teach that way you sometimes have to compromise but I've obviously got two substantial dilemmas here. One is the pay rate and the second is the reasoned service provision to students paying high fees.
I may be a lousy bag knitter but I am an excellent online academic tutor and provide comprehensive advice. If any of you belong to institutions who hire overseas academics for online work I'd be glad to know of the name etc so I can make contact as I've not been able to locate a source for a while.