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#1 SJ.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:31 PM

If your child has taken a class through Outschool, I would love to hear about it!

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:21 PM

Outschool offers very short duration, short duration and longer duration classes.  The teachers are independent so there is no cohesive school philosophy/approach/community really.  Quality varies from teacher to teacher.  There are LOTS of topics offered.  DS took a short duration Astronomy course.  It was nice.  The teacher was interesting.  DS needed me to be involved to keep him organized.  The teacher sent information through email but it wasn't always completely clear what the assignment expectations were from a middle schooler's perspective.  The teacher didn't track any grades or anything but he did give some feedback.  

 

I posted a more thorough review on the Gen Ed board.  Scroll down to the Outschool review.

 

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#3 SJ.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for the response. To be more specific I would like to hear more personal stories from those who have taken classes with Outschool.
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 06:31 AM

You don't really take classes with Outschool, per se. It is just a platform for independent teachers to offer their courses to a much larger audience; Outschool does the marketing, manages the enrollment, and handles the fee collection. Therefore, one cannot generalize about the classes (the content, method of delivery, age-appropriateness, how organized it is, etc). Are you familiar with Airbnb? It is a similar idea: a way for independent folks to reach many more customers in a streamlined, efficient way.

That said, we've enrolled in four courses via Outschool. All have been very good, but I certainly vetted each separately with no assumptions. The best way to do this is to contact the teacher via email and ask many questions.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask them. There should be other threads about it; I know I've said nearly this same thing a few times already!

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 06:56 AM

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#6 SJ.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:14 AM

Good morning,
I am aware of how Outschool works. I am still hoping to get a few responses specifically about classes that have been taken.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:21 AM

My kids took a one day Big Picture History class from Outschool. It is a live class where you answer questions from the teacher and hear other classmates. My kids didn't like that, but they weren't prepared to interact because I didn't know what to expect either. The teacher approached history by starting with what is happening today and then going back in time and touching on the big events that led up to the world they live in. If you are not consistent with history or your kids need some outside interaction, this might be a good class to take. You can take a free one day class to try it out. 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:50 PM

Good morning,
I am aware of how Outschool works. I am still hoping to get a few responses specifically about classes that have been taken.

We've done a Big Picture History class (1 time, 1 hour class); a Data Analysis with M&Ms and Puppies (2 times, 1 hour each); and a 14-week French History class with Mary Middlebrook. Obviously I have lots more to say about the 14-week class! Mary's info was excellent, her passion for the topic was evident, and my student's retention was very good. Her homework assignments were varied and creative. We took the class in preparation for an upcoming trip to Paris. Pretty sure DD12 knows WAY more about French history than any of the rest of us!