Learner Spaces

Navigating between parent and learner dedicated spaces

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Written by Elizabeth O'Donnell
Updated over a week ago

Every learner at Outschool has a dedicated space, which we call “learner space,” designed just for them. This is where a learner must be logged into when viewing their schedule and entering their class. They can also use their learner space to keep track of assigned coursework and upcoming classes, as well as communicate with their teachers and contribute to class discussion.


  • Learners cannot sign up for or purchase classes once they switch to their learner space. They can, however, browse classes and “heart” ones that appeal to them.

  • Learners can message teachers privately in their learner space, and you’ll be notified of the conversation as their parent/guardian.

  • This feature enables learners to use Outschool more independently. Even if your learner is too young to use the space independently of you, we ask that you switch into this space when your learner uses Outschool.

To begin, use the switcher in the upper right corner (drop down from your avatar) to switch to the learner space for each learner in your account.

The learner space is comprised of three tabs:

  1. Home

  2. Search

  3. Save Classes

The Home tab shows the classes the learner is currently enrolled in. It also has a "Show past classes" button to review their completed classes in the past 6 months.

When a learner first enters their space on Outschool, they will be placed in the Search tab's Find Classes search bar.

When they see a class that sparks their interest, learners can click on the class to view a detailed description of the course and the teacher. If it seems like a class they want to take, the learner can save it as a favorite:

Once a learner saves a class, it will appear on their Saved Classes tab in their space:

They can also see their past classes or view their class calendar from here.

When your learner enters an upcoming class from their learner space, they’ll see the classroom right away, where they can review current assignments and posts from the teacher, join the live meeting when it’s time for class, and message directly with their teacher on the Teacher tab.

If selecting a Past Class from the learner space, your learner can still access the classroom to see previous posts and message the teacher, but they’ll no longer have access to the Join Live Meeting button.

Entering the classroom as Learner

From the parent view, when you click on the classroom tab, you’ll see the option to enter the classroom as your learner, depending on which and how many learners you’ve enrolled.

If you only have one learner in class, you’ll see their name appear upon entering the classroom.

From there, your learner will be taken to their classroom, where they can join the class via Zoom when it’s time to begin, read classroom posts, and interact with their teacher and fellow learners.

Preventing children from accessing the adult account

Parents can switch from parent mode to learner space, and back at any time. Because parent mode is not designed for learners under 13, we warn our younger learners that parent mode is not for them and put in place controls to help prevent younger learners from switching to and accessing parent mode.

The default control requires you to solve a multiplication problem to switch from learner space to parent mode.

Optional Password Protection

If the multiplication problem is too easy for your child, you can also change this control through your account settings to require that you reenter your account password when switching from the learner space to parent mode.

If you only log into Outschool with your Facebook account, you’ll need to first set an account password in your account settings, using the Change your password button.

Once you’ve added your account password, you can check the box under Learner Preferences next to Parent password prompt to require your account password when switching back to your parent space.

If you don’t use Facebook to log in to Outschool, you can still set your password protection here at any time in your account settings.

Remember to click outside of the field anywhere on the page to save your settings. When transitioning back to the parent view, you may see the logged-out Outschool.com page briefly before returning to your parent home page.

If this setting is on, you’ll be prompted to enter your account password when switching out of learner space into your parent space.

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