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Holding a Class: Instructor's Guide

[WORK IN PROGRESS]


So you want to teach a class.  Here's a guide to help you through the process.  (you can also try this via a google form format at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLXwCM4dEEwltkQ7yU4tuilNjoKQzAsqqOwyBzUNd6yTXjsw/viewform?usp=sf_link)

Not all topics listed will apply to all types of classes, and instructors have a great deal of discretion when it comes to class organization, fees, scheduling, advertising, etc.


Each topic will include one of the three notations below:

REQUIRED

RECOMMENDED

AS NEEDED


REQUIRED: All classes MUST follow these instructions

RECOMMENDED: Most classes will follow these instructions.

AS NEEDED: Solely dependent on the needs of the class.


What are you teaching?

Class name

REQUIRED

What's the name of your class?


Description

REQUIRED

What are you teaching?  


Duration

REQUIRED

How long will it take?


Pre-requisites

RECOMMENDED

What do students need to know, or be approved for, before they can take this class?


Requirements

RECOMMENDED

Are there any additional requirements, such as specific clothing to wear (or not wear)?


Materials

AS NEEDED

What materials will be provided?  What materials do the students need to bring?  Are the material costs included in the price?


Price

REQUIRED

How much, if anything, will you charge for the class?  How does this break down for members (pro and hobbyists) and non-members?  What is the split with MakeIt?


Class Size

REQUIRED

What is the smallest class you will teach?  What is the largest?


Facilities

REQUIRED

What space will you use?  What equipment will you use?  Any other special facilities requirements?


Class Approval


Send the following to classes@makeitlabs.com

REQUIRED

All the details under "What are you teaching?"

Proposed date for the first class


Once Approved

Finalize date and time

AS NEEDED

Confirm date and time with resource manager


REQUIRED

Check the MakeIt scheduling calendar for conflicts

Check the MakeIt public calendar for conflicts

 

RECOMMENDED

Avoid holidays and holiday weekends


Schedule
RECOMMENDED
Use Eventbrite (preferably linked to MakeIt's Eventbrite) to organize tickets and promotion
Link Eventbrite to Facebook (preferably via MakeIt's Facebook 
Page) to create a Facebook event
Post to MakeIt's Slack #-announcements and #space-classes
Post to other Slack channels that are appropriate
Cross post to #makerspace-collab to advertise to other NH maker spaces

REQUIRED
Post class details to MakeIt's scheduling calendar.  Reserve rooms if required.

RECOMMENDED
Post class details to MakeIt's public calendar.  Include Eventbrite link if available.


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The day before your class:

Add an announcement to the slack channel for your room (example: resource-machine-shop) that the area is reserved.

The day of your class:

Arrive an hour early!

Arrange the room as needed: Find chairs, move tables, pass out materials.

Interface your laptop with the projector


*** Teach the class ***

Police the class area, pick up trash as needed

Replace tables and chairs, as needed

Refund EventBrite tickets, as needed


*** Get reimbursed***

Coordinate with MakeIt's Treasurer for any reimbursements/payments.

Use this form to submit a reimbursement request: https://docs.google.com/a/makeitlabs.com/forms/d/1RrA4FqGSxDFSFrKxy_wB5bxmUIDnqT3-OUh1TqB1ju4/prefill


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