Responding to Session Requests
Responding to Session Requests IS ESSENTIAL! If you ignore 3 or more session requests, we will contact you and you may be disallowed from using the Language Marketplace. When you signed up to be a teacher, you agreed to Terms and Conditions, among these is to be active on the site and respond promptly to students.
We understand that there are certain times and situations when you can't respond to the session requests. We're working on a solution for requests over too short of time, say 3 hours between request made and scheduled.
What other reasons do you have for not responding to session requests?
We want to make an option for you to indicate you're on vacation and not able to teach for some period of time. Would that be helpful? How would you want it to work? What would your vacation notice look like?
Here are a few possibilities:
- auto responder (like email) ?
- calendar alteration ?
- hidden profile ?
- popup over your profile ?
- other ideas ?
I agree that this is a good idea - I have 4 sessions that I have failed to respond to and it annoys me everytime I see it. I only failed to respond because students booked them 2 minutes before we had agreed to meet and I couldn't confirm them quickly enough! Now my page is scarred ;)
As for the vacation time, I think there are some problems here - for example, I really like the idea of a pop-up but some people will have these blocked anyway. Hidden profiles are always a bad idea for our advertising. Some students do book weeks in advance. I don't like the idea that my current students might think that I have disconnected from Italki or something similar...I think this would just cause confusion. Maybe something like an auto responder would be a good idea - it is pretty instant and then the student will know to rebook. Maybe we can specify how long we will be away for and make the message personalised...?
Many thanks for your continued guidance and assistance!
Would it be possible for the teacher to choose the time between the lesson request and the start time? I have other commitments and I can't be online all day everyday. I would prefer to have 2/3 days notice before a lesson is scheduled.
Also, for holidays, how about a calender on our profile to show any days/weeks we are unavailable.
We are working on a solution for the holidays schedule as well, but that is a bit more complex.
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