Making online tutoring just as effective as in-person tutoring (if not more!) has always been our goal at InstaEDU. A big part of that is our lesson space, which has come to boast not only video chat, a whiteboard and a text editor, but also a code editor, screen sharing, whiteboard enhancements like a grid and math shapes, LaTeX, and much more.
Today we’re thrilled to introduce the next upgrade to InstaEDU’s lesson space. It has all the features you’ve come to know and love, coupled with some big improvements that will make your lessons more effective than ever before. When you start your next lesson, you’ll see some immediate visual changes (woah! green!), but behind the new colors and new design, there’s big new functionality, too. Curious what we’ve added?
Resizable Whiteboard: Once you’re in a lesson, your whiteboard will scale to fit your browser window. Need more space? Increase the size of your whiteboard by resizing your browser. And, if you’re working on an 11-inch laptop and your tutor is using a large external monitor, our system understands that and sizes each of your whiteboards to fit accordingly. The end result: it will be easier to work on complicated problems that require lots of computation, as well as keep all your work for multiple problems on one page, instead of using multiple whiteboard pages.
Flexible Chat: You can now drag the windows for video/audio chat and text chat around your lesson space. Instead of requiring that both be banked on the left-hand side of your lesson space, you can place video, audio and text chat where you want them (or easily minimize them if you like!). This is super useful if you’re doing a video lesson and don’t need text chat, or a text lesson and don’t need audio — the new lesson space lets you choose how to make the most of the space on your screen.
Full-Size Attachments: If you’re working on a problem set or other document that you’d like to upload to the lesson space, your document will now upload at its full size, making it easy for you and your tutor to see and review it. If the upload is larger than your current whiteboard, just scroll to see the entire attachment.
Shapes & Colors: We’ve added some new shapes (hexagons and pentagons, which are especially useful for chemistry lessons) as well as new colors to the whiteboard.
If you want to play with the new lesson space before your next lesson, you can check it out in the demo lesson space. We’re listening to your feedback, adding the features you ask for most frequently, and continuing to push forward on our goal to make InstaEDU tutoring as effective as it can be. We’d love to hear your thoughts, so let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or over Twitter.