Outschool defines pods as a group of learners who take at least two shared classes, taught by at least two different educators, in a set cohort. As an educator, there are two different types of pods you can participate in, private pods and Outschool Pods. Both pod types follow specific guidelines and policies detailed below.
Creating private pods
You should reach out to other Outschool educators to form your own private pod team and set of pod classes. We recommend posting in the Outschool Facebook Hub to find educators to match with. Do not send unsolicited requests to educators on the Outschool platform requesting they join a pod. Once you’ve decided on your set of course offerings as a team, and associated classes have been approved on the platform, you should ensure that each learner that enrolls in one of your pod classes also enrolls in the others in order to meet the definition of a pod experience. You can do this by messaging families or posting in the Classroom of one of the classes.
Participating in Outschool Pods
Outschool also brings together educators and families across the community to form pods. If you would like to participate in an Outschool Pod, you must submit your team for approval to the Outschool Teaching Teams service. Learn more about this pilot program in the Educator Library and find suggestions for how to form your teaching team before you apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the school year, based on demand.
Policies for listing a pod class
Both private pods and Outschool pods adhere to the following class listing policies.
Refunds: Pod classes should have a Flexible refund policy: Full refund until the class begins, then a pro-rated refund based on the number of class meetings that have occurred. This supersedes the class-specific refund policy a class would have were it standalone.
Standards for Class Listings: An individual class cannot be a pod on its own. An educator may only submit a class as a pod if it is connected to a group of two or more classes to be taught together. Each class title, summary, and educator name for all other associated pod classes should be included in the class description. This is to ensure families have a general understanding of what they are signing up for. These summaries may be replaced with links when all classes are approved; you do not need to submit for reapproval to do so.
Class Types: An Ongoing Class is not an eligible class type for pod teaching since the content will need to carry over from week to week in a pod. All other class types are permissible for pods. Groups are a separate learner experience and do not count towards a pod submission.
Class Content: If you are looking to resubmit an existing class to be part of a new pod experience, you are welcome to do so, but keep in mind that it will be reviewed with our most recent standards and policies in mind. Classes that met standards at the time of approval may need revision and updating in order to align with our newest policies. To avoid unexpected delays in getting your class approved, please be sure to review our class content policy before you resubmit your class.
Creating a pod experience as an Organization
Because Organizations have the ability to change teachers within the same class listing, you will need to submit only one class listing for your pod experience. Your class listing should clearly explain the subjects and content that will be taught, as well as the teacher expertise that qualifies your organization’s teachers to address those content areas. Review our class content policy for more information about our teacher expertise guidelines. Organization pod classes should also follow the policies above.