Since the world pandemic struck back in early 2020, the working world has started to lean on technologies and tooling that allows companies to conduct their business remotely. From the triumphant rise of Zoom and Google Meet to the influx of standing desks and comfortable home office setups, the world has started to shift its eyes to a more decentralized workforce which has given people opportunities we once didn’t have as well as a far greater degree of flexibility in our home to work balance.
However, with this surge in remote working comes the downfall of many businesses and none more so than the education system. With students around the globe having to take their education from their bedrooms and having virtual graduation ceremonies, schools and universities have managed to make it work and for that I commend them. But what about when this isn’t enough? In steps Outschool.
What is Outschool?
Outschool is a virtual learning platform made for children aged 4 to 18, the Udemy for children if you will.
Outschool was founded back in late 2014 by Amir Nathoo, Nick Grandy, and Mikhail Seregine with the first online class launching in 2017 but given the recent pandemic, it has seen a huge spike in interest.
The offerings put forward by Outschool are astounding, with over 50,000+ unique classes in subjects ranging from pre-school math to coding and tech-focused classes, everything your child needs to feed their curiosity or supplement their school learning is right here.
The online classes presented by Outschool are more than just paid for online courses that you see on the likes of Udemy and skillshare. The classes on Outschool are structured to last anywhere from a one-off lesson to the entire school term with multiple scheduled lessons per week. Classes start from $5 with an average minimum class time of 20 minutes, which is perfect for the younger children who struggle to stay focussed, and then the price and duration increase as the intended age rises, which makes sense of course.
Become a Teacher
The benefits of Outschool do not stop at the children and parents however as providing you are from The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the UK and pass a background check, you can sign up to be a teacher on Outschool! The application process does not require you to have a formal teaching qualification but instead rates you based on your passion and love of educating others on a topic you are knowledgable on.
The pay model is very simple should you choose to teach on the platform as Outschool takes a 30% cut, which given that they are providing the platform, is very generous. The maximum class size is 16 students and Outschool recommend pricing your classes at $10 – $15 per hour spent teaching which means you could be seeing a maximum of $168 per class you teach (16 students * $15 per student – 30%) and a minimum of $21 (6 students * $5 – 30%), which if you love teaching, is a nice earner!
The way we interact with each other has changed forever this year, and companies like Outschool are doing their best to help everyone benefit from this ‘new normal’ that we find ourselves in, from children who yearn for education to adults who just love to teach.