Best practices for Computer Classes

  • Strive to be as hands-on and interactive as possible. Walk the aisles of the class. Offer one-on-one instruction to those who need it.
  • Manage your own expectations for the class. The lower the skills level of the participants, the longer the class will take.
  • List out a set of realistic goals for what you think participants should gain from this class.
  • Although the instructor will have a general idea of what is to occur, try to be as flexible as possible.
  • Bring ideas to fill the time if all goes well as well as a strategy to pull back if the class moves slowly.
  • The more basic the skills, the smaller the class size. Although size of the class will vary depending on available equipment and the comfort level of the instructor, a good rule of thumb is to have no more than 8 people for a basics level class.
  • Decide beforehand at what point to cancel the class. Generally only 50% of attendees register for a class, even if registration is required.
  • Take time the day beforehand to do an equipment check. Make sure all equipment is charged, updated and virus scans have completed.
  • Gauge the skill level of attendees. This can be done with a simple show of hands.
  • Find out what the attendees are passionate about and tap into those passions.

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