4 Outschool Class Types
There are 4 Outschool class types: Ongoing, Flexible, Multi-Day, and One-Time classes. Looking at the Outschool class types may have you wondering what is the difference between the four class types? And, does it matter which class type you choose to get the class approved? Outschool has standards for class listings and they vary based on the class type you choose.
Wondering which is the best class type for you? Let me help you select the class type that’s right for you, your subject, and your schedule.
Ongoing classes at outschool
Ongoing classes at Outschool are the most popular class type. Parents seem to find the Ongoing classes really flexible because students can join or leave the class at any time. They may leave or miss certain classes based on skill level, time availability, or changing schedules.
It is important to state the date the class starts because parents may sign up and think they are starting at the beginning and your class may be 12 weeks in. Plan for the coming weeks so parents know what they are signing up for when they join that specific date.
Recently, Outschool changed the standards for class submission applications. To submit plans for an Ongoing class for approval you need at least 4 weeks’ worth of topics with the dates you are covering those topics. Example:
1 Week of<date>: Topic/theme 2 Week of <date>: topic/theme 3 Week of <date>: topic/theme
Sample: 1 Week of February 2: Spanish Adjectives
Your Ongoing class may start with low enrollment. On Outschool, patience is key to getting enrollment up. It may take a couple of months, but your classes will fill–give it time. Click here to read about how I started booking students consistently on Outschool.
flexible classes at outschool
Does showing up live on Zoom give you butterflies? The Flexible classes at Outschool may be for you! Instructors don’t have to show up live on zoom, it is prerecorded.
When considering the flexible class type, be aware that although you aren’t teaching the lesson live, you are required to specify a time to meet to chat with kids. This chat time is to touch base with the students in the class and answer any questions. Depending on your classes and the load you have, decide if you want to add another commitment to your calendar.
multi-day classes at outschool
Multi-Day classes at Outschool are like Ongoing classes only with an ending date. Decide on how often you would like to meet and how many weeks the class will last. For example, you could teach a class once a week for six weeks, three classes a week for two weeks, or three times a week for one week. The number of classes and weeks is up to you.
Important note! When setting your rate per student for a Multi-day class, the price is for the entirety of the class (all the days). Set your rate accordingly and don’t get underpaid by setting a per-class rate on accident.
The summer is a popular time for Multi-day classes. Students will have more flexibility and availability in the summer. Think of them as a kind of boot camp style class. Are you a planner? Now would be a great time to plan out the classes and lessons you will offer as Multi-day classes. Also, decide on the frequency and length of your class.
Multi-day classes meet by video and discussion occurs on the classroom page between classes. On the classroom page, you can give additional information, links or activities to practice.
One-time classes at outschool
If you want to give students and teachers a feel for your teaching style and expertise, a one-time class may be the choice for you. There may be a topic or skill that you would like to cover with just one lesson and choosing this class type would work best.
For me, I have never taught a one-time class becuase I tend to think long term. If I am teaching a Spanish class, a one time class wouldn’t be enough time or practice for students to master that skill. Being in the Spanish Class niche, the one-time classes at Outschool aren’t the best option for me.
But, they may be the perfect fit for you! Perhaps you are doing a one-time yoga class, dance class, art class, or teaching the alphabet in a fun creative way and it’s just a one-time thing. You’ve got this!
One-time classes do provide flexibility for you, the teacher because you are only committing to teach the class once, not a long commitment like the Ongoing class type. This class type meets once on Zoom and then communication with the teacher may be done after class on the classroom page.
As you grow your audience you could move into a different class type, knowing you have students that already follow you and sign up for your classes regularly.
my favorite class type
My favorite class type has been the Ongoing class type.
- Class attendance grows the longer your class goes. For example, my Spanish 1 for Middle school started with only 3 students and now I have 8-9 students consistently showing up.
- I have a lot of homeschool students in my Spanish 1 for Middle school and they consistently show up and are eager to learn.
- Parents find Ongoing classes flexible because they can come and go as they please. The class just continues week to week until you decide it’s time to end.
- They are the most popular class type.
Outschool wants to help you get your class approved and booked. Check out the Standards for Class Listings to make sure you have all the components Outschool is looking for. Click here to check it out.
Still wondering about the 4 Outschool class types is right for you? Let me help mentor you! When you use my referral link to sign up on Outschool, then email me and I am able to mentor you! First, Click here to get my referral link.
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