Propose a new class!
All information provided at this stage is considered "draft." We may work with you to revise any component as necessary and all details will be mutually agreed upon via the final Class Agreement before a class is offered to the general public.

Use this form to get a proposed class into beta testing. Be sure to complete all info or your submission may be delayed. Current instructors proposing new classes may be waived from beta testing at our discretion, but this form must still be completed.

Please submit one form PER CLASS you would like to propose, and mention that you are submitting more than one. Please complete all information for each class submission.

If you have an questions, please submit this form with as much information as you can and email Nicole (Programming Coordinator) at nicole@ideafoundry.com.

For prospective instructors, please review information posted in the Prospective Instructor Guide here first: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L79vbjmtPCJaE_AjzGEDmyaLN8jX-lCuI2EfwogPsGU/edit?usp=sharing

Your Name *
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Class Name *
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Email address *
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Phone number *
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Maximum # Of Students *
If other, please describe separately.
Minimum # of Students *
This is the minimum number of students that must register for you to run a given session of the class. While we want to respect your time, we also need to provide a great experience for our students. If a class does not meet the required minimum, students are contacted and either offered a refund or to be placed into an upcoming session of the same class. Students who opt to reschedule will only be rescheduled once--meaning even if the next session fails to meet minimum registrations, that class must run. Additional info on this policy can be found in the instructor handbook.
Length of Class
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Participant age requirements *
Please pick the situation that best describes the best age fit for your class. The CIF may restrict high-liability classes (using more dangerous tools or processes) to ages 18+. We do not admit children (age 15 or younger) to adult-oriented classes, for both their safety and for the experience of adult students, though you may have the option of offering private instruction to youth. The requirement of having parent/guardians on-site for minors age 16 or 17 is a matter of your personal preference and comfort. All minors must have a parent sign a paper version of the liability waiver at drop-off regardless of whether you require them to be present during class.
Required Attire
Do you need students to wear (or not wear) anything specific? For example, for our blacksmithing and welding classes: "closed-toe shoes, long sleeve shirts, natural fibers (e.g. cotton, denim, linen and not polyester or other more flammable synthetics)." Please describe any safety-related notifications your students need to know ahead of time.
Your answer
Required Facility Resources *
Please describe class delivery needs such as audio-visual (e.g. projector, TV, audio, etc); physical (e.g. students need tables, need multiple power supplies on different breakers, need extension cords); or equipment (e.g. tools or technology that should be reserved during your class time).
Your answer
Pre-requisites
Describe any prior classes at the CIF that your students should have completed before taking this class. If students need any prior experience or specific skills, state those as well. Examples: working knowledge of java script; must have completed Woodshop Orientation; computer literacy.
Your answer
Material Cost per Person *
State the total cost of raw materials per person and what this includes. You may have to estimate the use of shared material. Do NOT include the cost for new or additional tools and non-consumables here. If you require the CIF to purchase specific tools for this class, please discuss this separately. The CIF may adjust this if shop consumables, and shipping or delivery charges are incurred. We can either order and purchase these materials or can reimburse you for your purchase of materials, depending on what we agree makes most sense.
Your answer
Suggested Price of Class (including materials) *
The CIF splits the class fee after materials with the instructor. For example, if a class costs $50 to the student and there's $10 in materials cost, the shop and the instructor each get $20. [$50-$10 materials= $40 divided by two]. Our cut includes use of our tools (if applicable) and the use of our facilities, liability insurance, customer service regarding the orders, the event management & payment processing, and marketing & promotions of our programming. We may raise or lower your suggested price based on our understanding of the marketplace and the relative cost compared to similar classes.
Your answer
Class Description *
Write as you would be pitching the idea to prospective students: what will they learn? Describe what they will make, create, design, or other take-aways. What skills will they develop, practice, or experiment with? Is this class intensely covering a narrow amount of info or is this meant to be an overview of much info?
Your answer
Anything else?
Your answer
Instructor Bio *
Please provide 1-3 sentences about you and your experience that we may include on your class posting. The CIF may edit this content as needed.
Your answer
Preferred Beta Class Date: Choice 1
Pick a date at least three weeks in the future, possibly taking holiday weeks into account. Current instructors offering a new class may be waived from a beta class at our discretion. Beta classes are offered to a small group of current members, instructors, and/or administrators, at a cost that covers materials fees and a nominal stipend for your time. This is an opportunity for us to make sure a prospective class meets our quality expectations and an opportunity for you to run through your class to friendly peers that can provide valuable feedback about the class scope, timing, and potential unforeseen difficulties. See instructor handbook for more information. A minimum of a 1-hour "run through" of your proposed class (with Nicole and potentially Matt Hatcher, Facilities Manager) will also be scheduled and will need to occur PRIOR to a beta class, however the beta class may be put on the schedule prior to the run through being complete.
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