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Lesson Guidelines

Socratic’s mission is to become the best place to learn any topic on the internet. To be useful to students, the content on Socratic needs to be in a consistent format across topics.

To ensure this, we’ve worked with the Socratic community to outline guidelines for what kind of lessons should be on Socratic.

Currently, Socratic is only focusing on video lessons, though we would eventually like to expand to other types of content (practice problems, experiments, etc.).

Note: These are just format guidelines, not pedagogical ones. We’re excited about having lots of different teaching styles on Socratic.

    Every video lesson should be...
  • 1. Focused on Teaching The goal of a lesson is to teach someone about a topic as they would learn it in class. The content should prepare them to do homework or take an exam on the topic. Edutainment videos may have their place on Socratic one day, but it's not what the site is currently about.
  • 2. Accurate The lesson should present accurate content. We obviously don't want to teach people wrong information
  • 3. Specific A lesson should be primarily about the topic it is listed under on Socratic. There should be one main point per video. Ideally, each video should be self-contained. If possible, try to put just enough review in so that a student can understand the basics even if they haven't watched the previous videos.
  • 4. Short Lengthy videos don't work too well on YouTube, and we believe it is much better to have several short videos than one long video. Lessons on Socratic should ideally be a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • 5. Appropriate level of difficulty If we have an Introductory Chemistry listed as a subject, there shouldn't be a lesson which is at a post-graduate level.
  • 6. Good production quality Audio quality should be good enough to understand what the teacher is saying and the video should be good enough to easily see what's on the screen.