What are the quality guidelines while teaching a group class?

The following is the TakeLessons Live Quality Standards Guide for Teachers. Each attribute listed below highlights the minimum requirements for teaching Live classes. Please carefully review and ensure that each item is applied in every Live class that you teach.

Preparation

Content

  • Content should be well-planned in advance
  • You should have 2 to 3 variations of the class prepared if offered multiple times a month (i.e. different vocab/practice exercises, etc.)
  • Documents/presentations should be completed in advance
  • Content should match the title/description of the class you’re teaching

Presentation Aids

  • Slide presentations should be simple and easy to read. Minimum 12 pt for all text
  • Images should be clear and match the lesson
  • If you’re using a whiteboard, be sure to do a test run to make sure viewers can clearly see your writing on video.

Production Quality

Appearance

  • Your appearance should match the subject you are teaching. Use your best judgment
  • No pajamas, vulgar/obscene logos or text, or revealing clothing
  • Clothing requirements need to remain consistent for every class you teach

Internet Speed 

  • You must have sufficient internet speed for every class you teach. Click here for how to test your internet connection
  • Be sure you are plugged into your internet via ethernet cable
  • Be sure to turn off other apps, products, and devices that may be eating up bandwidth

Lesson Location

  • Lesson space must be quiet and free from distractions
  • Lesson space cannot be a public location
  • Students should not hear traffic sounds, pets, other people, or other distracting noises
  • Students should not see televisions, pets, other people, or other distracting visuals
  • Cell phones should be turned off or not in view

Background

  • Have a simple, distraction-free background
  • There should be no more than 3 or 4 items in the shot
  • You must include an accent piece such as a plant, vase, or piece of art

The following items cannot be in view while teaching:

  • Beds
  • Food
  • Laundry 
  • Clutter
  • Flickering lights
  • Cell Phones

Lighting

  • Your lesson space should be well lit using natural sunlight or light kit (Especially at night)
  • For the best results, you can follow the 3-point lighting strategy covered in this video

Video Requirements

  • Camera must be 1080p or higher
  • Camera lens must be at eye level
  • You should be positioned at least 2-3 feet from the camera

Microphone

  • External microphones highly recommended
  • Mic should be positioned 2-3 feet from you

See here for more great tips to improve your production quality while teaching online!!

A professional, well-lit view is key to your credibility as an instructor and will keep your students engaged. Check out a few examples of approved backgrounds below:

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