More than one instructor may be involved in the creation and management of a Studypro course. This article is intended to steer instructors who are considering this option toward positive use cases (for example, co-developing a course can be a great way to add expertise and a fresh perspective) while avoiding problematic use cases (for example, using the co-instructor feature solely to take advantage of Studypro’s generous 80 percent revenue share on instructor promotion sales).
On Studypro, we regularly notice three key reasons why instructors buddy up:
- They require assistance with course design, development, and production.
- They require assistance in teaching or managing the course (e.g., responding to discussions etc.)
- They want to use Studypro’s marketing tools to share their student bases.
In brief, we support #1 and #2, and Studypro’s policy is exclusively intended to address circumstances where #3 is the sole purpose.
Studypro’s Co-Instructor Policy
We’re always looking for new ways to tap into our teachers’ creativity by giving them creative flexibility, whether it’s to come up with new methods to create amazing content or to use each other’s knowledge to expand their businesses. The goal, as with other tools and features, is to use them to help students as well as other teachers. These same features, however, are sometimes misused to go around marketplace regulations on Course Announcements and other resources we provide.
Here are a couple of quick rules of thumb to help you get started:
- BE CO-INSTRUCTORS IF EACH PERSON BRINGS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN COURSE CREATION, DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, TEACHING, OR MANAGEMENT.
- If co-instructors are the ones who appear in the course videos and/or engage with students, make them visible on the course. Students should be learning from and interacting with at least one of the visible instructors on the course.
- DON’T become co-instructors solely to take advantage of Studypro’s marketing capabilities or to share each other’s student base.
- For example, it is against Studypro standards for an instructor to team up with you after your course has been released just to promote to each other’s students. Remember, if you’re serious about selling each other’s courses, you can do so by joining the Affiliate program.
- On the other hand, if you wish to co-develop or co-manage a course from the start, that’s exactly why we allow many instructors in courses, and it’s perfectly great.
Remember that mistreatment of co-instructor relationships has ramifications for everyone. We’ve witnessed a negative impact on students when instructors try to supplement their marketing powers in this way: for every 10 students who enroll in their courses, 20 students unsubscribe from their Course Announcements. Unsubscribe rates on instructors’ emails are also 5 times higher than the market norm. This damages all teachers in the marketplace because these students unsubscribe from all Studypro emails, not just one instructor’s announcements.
It will be considered a violation of our policies if we see cases where an instructor is clearly going against the spirit of Studypro policies in an attempt to game the system, or if we see a severe negative impact on the student experience (high unsubscribe rates or refund rates due to co-instructor behavior).
Because everyone makes mistakes, the majority of first offenses will end in a warning. Subsequent breaches may result in account suspension, account cancellation, or loss of access to product features (e.g., Course Announcements).
Remember that if you’re going to add a co-instructor to your class, it should be someone you know and trust. If you’re splitting earnings with a co-instructor or giving them editing rights, please be especially cautious. Keep in mind that Studypro’s contractual relationship with each of the instructors is entirely between Studypro and them. Any business agreements between co-instructors linked to a course are solely between the co-instructors.