Outschool reviews each new class listing before publishing, to help you succeed and to ensure that we are featuring only high-quality content on the site. Follow these guidelines to get your classes approved!
A class listing is written primarily for parents. Many parents will also show your listing to their learners before they decide to enroll. Each listing should stand on its own: it may be the first Outschool page that parent has ever seen. It is often the first impression that parent has of you as a teacher, so it's worth taking an extra pass: revise, get spelling and grammar right, find a good image. Outschool classes should not be deceptive, sensationalized, or misleading and should adhere to our class content policy.
Choose a compelling title. Titles should not refer to the target age range or the length of the class. The only exception is if you are offering the same lesson plan to different age ranges, in which case the title can distinguish between age ranges like so: "Introduction to Extrasolar Planets (Ages 10-13)." Class titles should be in title case. For example, "Creative Writing: Traditions," or "Introduction to Extrasolar Planets." Titles should not be in UPPERCASE, should use at most one exclamation mark, and should not contain any emojis - either pictures or made with punctuation, e.g. :).
It is important that the title is descriptive of what your class will be covering. It’s ok to include a catchy phrase to help your listing stand out, but the title should not be sensationalized and should clearly outline the content of your class. See the examples below for some dos and don’ts:
EXPLOSIVE REACTIONS!! 💥
This title doesn’t describe what the class is about, it includes emojis, it is in all-caps, and it has too many exclamation points. This title does not look professional, and can be confusing to families looking to enroll.
A Song of Ice and Fire: an Exploration of Endothermic vs. Exothermic Chemical Reactions
This title includes a fun reference for older learners but still describes what the class will cover. All of the words are in title case and the title is free of emojis and excessive punctuation.
Every listing needs a photo! A good photo goes a long way. Take the time to choose a photo that reflects the subject of the course and that looks good. Photos should be appropriate for young learners, should not create the impression of bias, and should observe all other aspects of our class content policy. Your photo should not contain letters or numbers so that your class can be promoted by our marketing services; class images that contain these will not be marketed. We require you to use images that you own or that are licensed for commercial use. Many images online are copyrighted and are not available for reuse. Creative Commons makes it easy to find images available for commercial use. They can be found at https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/?lt=commercial.
The summary should be a single sentence or phrase describing the class. Along with the title, this is the main way to interest parents in your class. The summary should be clear and descriptive rather than a teaser. Think of this section as a 1-sentence class description that parents will see on the Find Classes page and in Facebook ads. This section can also highlight keywords to help prospective parents find your class. This section should not contain any words in UPPERCASE, any excessive punctuation, or any emojis (either made with parenthesis, like :), or pictures, like 😁). Emojis can be included as necessary in the class description.
Outschool's policy is that class age ranges not exceed 5 years. We find that students are uncomfortable taking classes with kids who are much younger/older than them, so this promotes a more productive teaching environment.
This should contain all the detail a parent might want that is not handled by other fields. The longer the class, the more detail there should be. If you are offering a half hour class, it's fine to have a few sentences. If you're offering a semester long course, then there should be much more detail about the curriculum. A class that meets eight or more times should have a description of at least 200 words. Class experience sections should be professionally written and free of errors. Multi-week classes should specify what topics are covered during each week.
Topics to cover in the class experience section include:
- What will be taught? What topics will you cover? How is your class structured?
- How will you teach? What's your teaching style? How much will learners get to interact with you and each other? Mention specifics like: lecture, games, slides, video clips, discussion.
- Any required experience or knowledge that learners should have
Use this optional section to highlight what learners will take away from your class by the end. These can be curriculum objectives, standards that the class will meet, or skills and/or techniques over which the learners will gain mastery.
Will you be assigning homework? If so, how much? You can also include information such as:
- Will learners be completing projects individually or as a group?
- Is there a culminating project that learners should expect to complete?
- How long will homework take each week?
- For a class requiring reading, approximately how many pages will learners be expected to read independently?
Here, you can describe what sort of tools you will use to assess progress or gauge learner mastery over the skills and topics covered. You can also give parents an idea of what the progress assessment will look like (e.g. a letter grade, written report, informal assessment, etc).
This section is your chance to tell parents what makes you a great teacher for this class and why you are excited to teach it! You can include any relevant experience or expertise you have here. The class content should always match the expertise in your profile. Be sure that your profile includes your education, experience, community involvement or other relevant background expertise. If it does not, you should use the Teacher Expertise field to explain how this is an area where you have expertise. For example, if you have a Bachelors in Business Administration and you want to teach Calculus, we may want to understand more about your expertise in that area because it is not apparent that you have the expertise to teach Calculus given your Business degree. Additionally, if your class is listed for older students, you will need more background expertise than for younger students. For example, most people with a college degree would have the knowledge base to teach simple addition (that is not to say they have the ability), but they may not have the expertise to teach Geometry. They would need to demonstrate more expertise in relation to Geometry. Your teacher profile, which is separate from your parent profile, can be edited here.
We recommend small classes for a better learning experience, especially for younger students. Live classes are capped at 18 learners, but we recommend the following class size guidelines:
- For ages 6 and under, class size should not exceed 6 learners.
- For ages 6-12, class size can go up to 9 learners.
- Finally, for age 12 and above, class size can go up to 12 learners.
- Flexible schedule classes are capped at 18 learners.
Classes cannot be free, and we enforce a minimum price of $1. Prices should be round numbers. For example, $19 or $20, not $19.99. Teachers may not refer to where their earnings will go in their class listings, i.e. "earnings from this class will go to charity X."
Grammar and Spelling
Listings should use excellent grammar. If the class listing features spelling and grammar mistakes, parents will not want to enroll.
In order to ensure that parents have ample time to prepare for your class, any specific materials, that the learners will need to have access to should be listed in this section. This may include ingredients for a recipe, supplies for a project, or books/textbooks. In the event that you want the learners to use a resource that cannot be purchased from other vendors you should include the price of this resource in the class price. If you are including a book that you authored, you should disclose that in the materials section.
List other apps, websites, or services that learners will be asked to use. This is important so parents know what tools their kids will be using.
Requirements for classes on sensitive topics
Certain class topics must be handled carefully because of their potential effect on learners or because parents may be sensitive to them. Examples of these topics include health, sex education, and mental wellness. These topics may only be taught by teachers with relevant experience. This experience should be apparent in your teacher profile and your Why Me section. Our team may ask for a detailed explanation of a teacher's experience when a teacher requests listing for a sensitive topic. We evaluate experience on a case-by-case basis.
The parental guidance section is the place where you should include any safety or content information that parents might need to know regarding your class. If your class will discuss any sensitive or potentially upsetting subjects, please list them here. Additionally, if your class uses outside media such as video games, television shows, movies, etc., you should include the official rating of that content in this section. The parental guidance section should also be used if there are potentially dangerous elements to the class; for example, cooking classes that use the stove or oven should have a parental guidance warning. Other examples include, but are not limited to: potentially dangerous machinery, fire hazards, sharp tools, or chemicals. If you do not need to list any content or safety warnings, you should leave this section blank. If you are unsure whether your class needs a parental guidance section, please contact the support team.
Flexible Schedule Classes
For more information on listing these classes, please consult the following article: http://support.outschool.com/teaching-with-outschool/listing-classes/flexible-schedule-classes. Please note that you must have taught at least one section of a live class before listing a flexible schedule class.
New teachers must successfully list their first class before they can request listing for additional classes. A successful listing is one that meets our class standards and has been approved by our class approval team. We will not consider additional class listing submissions until the first listing has been published. Beyond that point, there is no further limitation on the number of classes that a teacher can publish provided that all listings lead to high-quality class experiences.
Due to the high volume of class requests that we receive, we may choose to reject a class that has been submitted to us more than three times without the appropriate edits made.
Changing an Existing Listing
Once your class has been approved for listing, you are welcome to make minor changes to the wording of the description, the image, the price, or the section times. If you would like to make a major change - including, but not limited to, age range, title, schedule, topic, or whether there are live meetings - you must request the class for listing again so that the support team can review these changes. If you are unsure about a change to your listing, please message firstname.lastname@example.org.