There are a few things that will make a great difference in the quality of the live cooking classes you will be providing for your students. Listed below, are a few things you can do to ensure great classes and keep your students coming back for more!
1. Print out your Cooking Class Trouble Shooting Guide. Have this guide available at the start of your session to help yourself or your client with any issues such as audio or video not working. Your Cooking Class Trouble Shooting Guide can be found in your Instructors Dashboard on the Instructor's Resources Tab. Add link for trouble shooting guide
2. Instructors must be logged in and ready for their cooking class at least 15 minutes before the start of class. If it is the instructor's first time ever giving a cooking class through our platform, we recommend logging 30 minutes before class just in case there are unforeseen problems with connecting to the system.
3. Ensure your have appropriate internet bandwidth. You can test your internet speed by clicking here for speedtest.net. Our video conference service provider recommends 600kbps (up/down) for HQ video and 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for HD video for private, one to one sessions and 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down) for HQ video during group sessions. Shut down any unused browsers on your computer and be sure there is no one else using internet bandwidth during your live session (ie. gaming, cell phone wifi, online movies etc.)
4. Lighting- Be sure you have good lighting for your class. Make sure your camera is not facing a bright window with you standing in front of it. This will create a silhouette effect. You can use indirect sunlight or light stands as your light source. Be sure to have good lighting to ensure your students are able to see you clearly.
5. Have all of your equipment/ingredients needed for your classes before it starts. You don't want to loose time during you class by having to round up during this time. You want to make every second count for your students.
6. Make sure your kitchen is free from noise and distractions (ei. dogs or kids.) Also make sure this area is neat and clutter free. This will allow your students to be able to focus on you instead of your surroundings.
7. Create a cooking class agenda to ensure you will be covering all subject during your live class. In the first few minutes of your session you can let your students know what you have planned for their class on that particular day by using your cooking class agenda.