Off2Class ESL Content has turned two years old and our dream is closer to reality.
Many of you have been with us since Off2Class was in its testing phase, and we want to thank you for sticking around as we have grown.
It’s a great journey. We are a true online company, serving teachers and students, wherever you are. The three of us manage to work together (and separately) on three continents and in three very different time zones. When we recently had the rare opportunity of being together in Sydney, Australia, I made sure that we took advantage, to grab a group shot of us with Rupert, Carla, Felix, Mei Ling, and Maria.
Did we achieve our 2016 goals?
Last year, we promised that we would focus on personalization. At the end of 2016, we released Off2Class Live Mode, allowing you and the student to interact with our lesson content. You and your students can now draw on the screen, edit the text, which makes the lesson exercises more hands-on. We also introduced a chat function and helped integrate url-based video-conferencing.
Our PRO feature has given independent teachers and businesses the possibility to brand Off2Class with their logo. We want to make you look good. And we want to make you look professional.
We’ve also released a number of tools for you to create your own beautiful ESL lesson content. In October 2016 we released the ESL PPT Lesson Template that we used to build our library. Last month we released a full ESL Lesson Plan and Teacher Notes set. Download them now and start creating!
What’s in store for this year?
We also know that that there’s more to do. Our plan this year is to allow users to upload their own content, while giving you the Off2Class tools that will make your own lessons come to life in a digital environment.
And while our Placement Test has been extremely well received, we’re about to release a version that will also allow you to test listening, reading, writing and speaking skills too. We think you are going to find it very useful to attract new students!
Our IELTS lessons have been a great addition to the Off2Class ESL Content base. More than 40 lessons take your student through the structure and format of the text, covering all question types used to test language skills. And coming up… TOEFL.
Naturally… we still struggle with a few things. A team of three is a small company. However, it’s both a strength and a weakness. It means that we can reply personally to each and every piece of feedback, though it also means the Internet runs through our veins 24 hours a day. Being small means we react quickly, improvise and take up great ideas from users, yet it also means that we sometimes stretch our resources a little too thin. We’re small, but we’re nimble and agile. And we like working with each other.
Some parting words…
Like every two-year-old, we are walking, if not running about. We have boundless energy but we still stumble here and there. Best of all, we know that Off2Class has a great future ahead of it.
We love that we have teachers who have been with us since before Day 1! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and feedback. You mean a lot to us.