Class Formats and Attributes

Understanding our class attributes and how they create formats

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Formats

Outschool class formats are defined by selecting specific sets of attributes

Courses

Courses at Outschool are structured learning experiences that follow a curriculum over a series of lessons, with one or more students. They should be designed to achieve particular learning outcomes and follow a clear structure. This class type works best for semester-long Courses, boot camps, and intensives.

When creating a Course, you must complete the learning goals section of your listing, offer at least one form of evaluation, and fill out all the lessons within the syllabus. Your lesson title should describe the topic or theme for the corresponding class. Units offer the opportunity to organize lessons thematically. In longer Courses, units are required where lessons duplicate. Including additional context within the description of a lesson will give families a better idea of what to expect. Please be aware that lesson descriptions may be required for advanced concept classes. See our sample class listings.

Enrichment & Clubs

This format provides flexibility for educators to offer standalone topics each week or practice skills over time. Clubs & Enrichment are ideal for recurring classes like language conversation clubs, test prep, book clubs, current event discussions, or gaming groups.

Descriptions must include a minimum of four example topics or themes. Sample topics help set expectations for the class:

Join our weekly science experiment club and dive into a world of hands-on discovery! Each week, we’ll explore exciting themes like chemical reactions, living organisms, the physics of motion, and the power of magnetism.

For those preferring a set list of topics for each week, dates must be included alongside the topics, such as:

⇢ Week of (Date): Topic/Theme 1

⇢ Week of (Date): Topic/Theme 2

⇢ Week of (Date): Topic/Theme 3

⇢ Week of (Date): Topic/Theme 4

Weekly dates should be kept current. In the future, weekly themes should be added to the syllabus. Self-paced clubs must complete a syllabus.

Clubs that follow a consistent theme, like an exercise club with similar routines each session, do not require example topics if the listing is clear.

One-time

These classes only meet once! One-time classes are perfect for learners who want to explore new interests and for educators to showcase their teaching style before families commit to a longer Course. One-time classes offer one live meeting or a single self-paced lesson and should provide a clear description of the class.

Tutoring & Private Lessons

Tutoring classes offer live, one-on-one personalized lessons tailored to a learner’s needs or interests.

When creating your Tutoring listing, be sure to include at least four example topics offered. The teacher expertise section should showcase why you’re the perfect fit for the topic and is required unless clearly addressed in your teacher profile. If you teach across various age groups, don’t forget to highlight your experience with each one.

The table below outlines how these attributes define a format.

Attribute

Course

Tutoring & Private Lessons

One Time

Enrichment & Clubs

Content builds

Yes

Optional

n/a

Optional

Late enrollment

Optional

n/a

n/a

Optional

Fixed-length

Yes

No

n/a

Optional

Syllabus

Yes

No

Optional

Optional

Evaluation (Homework, Assessment, Grading)

At least one form of evaluation must be offered

Optional

Optional

Optional

Learning goals

Yes

Optional

Optional

Optional

Live or self-paced

Either

Live

Either

Either

Upfront payments

Optional

No

Yes

Optional (for fixed-length Clubs only)

Weekly payments

Optional

Yes

n/a

Optional

Number of meetings

More than one meeting/lesson

Any

Only one meeting/lesson

More than one meeting/lesson

Class size

Any

1-on-1

Any

Any

Attributes

Attributes can be toggled from the class edit page to suit the unique structure of each class

Content Builds

When content builds, class materials are taught sequentially, and each lesson builds upon knowledge from previous ones. This sequential structure requires learners to have knowledge from previous lessons to fully engage and benefit from the course. Classes where the content does not build each week allow learners to join at any time without the need for prior knowledge.

Late Enrollment

When late enrollments are permitted, families can join a class after the first week at a pro-rated rate. If your class content builds each week, we recommend addressing how you will accommodate learners who will enroll late. Read more on how to ensure all learners feel welcomed into your classroom who enroll late. Classes that are recurring weekly always allow for late enrollments.

Fixed-Length vs. Recurring Weekly

Classes with a fixed-length schedule run for a selected number of weeks and have an end date. In contrast, classes that recur weekly allow learners to join at any time. End dates are not required, meaning your class topics can reset or run indefinitely.

Payment Options

Payment options vary by class format. If a fixed-length class accepts weekly payments, you can set a premium percentage for families that pay weekly. This feature offers families that pay weekly the flexibility to pay over time while incentivizing upfront enrollments with a lower class fee. Updating the price adjustment for weekly payments will only affect new enrollments. Existing enrollments in progress will remain unaffected by the changes. Learn more about tips for pricing classes here.

Syllabus

The class syllabus, located in its own tab, outlines the pacing and topics covered in your class. Each lesson in the syllabus corresponds to a live meeting or a pre-recorded video for self-paced classes. Units consist of lessons grouped around the same theme. You can add additional context to the lesson description next to the lesson title. While providing a syllabus is recommended, it is required for Courses.

Evaluation

In this section, you can specify if you offer homework, assessments, and grading as options. Selecting these options indicates that families can choose to opt in for these forms of evaluation but are not required to.

Self-Paced

A self-paced class provides pre-recorded lessons and does not have live sessions, enabling a single learner to engage with the material at their own pace, whether faster, slower, or intermittently. Families can enroll in the class at any time and begin immediately, with content and posts automatically uploaded. To be eligible for enrollment, all lessons within a self-paced class must contain content in at least one post.

When creating a self-paced class, it's important to set clear expectations on how and when you'll interact with the learner, provide estimated completion times, and specify turnaround times for evaluations. This ensures a smooth learning experience for all participants.

You may use third-party tools for self-paced classes, as long as they are in line with our policies on Third Party Tools Available for Outschool Educators to Use with Learners. Please note that directing students to a Learning Management System (LMS) that houses all class information is not allowed in self-paced classes. Communication must remain on the platform.

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