Check out this clip to see how we do things at Animsquad. Once a week the tutor meets with the class for 3 hours and critiques the students work-in-progress. Each critique is tailored to what the shot needs. For example in this case the tutor Marlon Nowe felt it was important to open up the student's Maya file so he could tweak the pose inside Maya. Our flexible system allows students to upload their Maya file live during the meeting and the tutor in return can save the file and kick it back to the student.
This clip is a good example how a tutor, in this case Malcon Pierce, uses drawing to illustrate how to push poses. This method is very effective since it's quick and clear. Sometimes it's much easier just to draw the pose, rather than opening Maya and pushing around the rig. It also shows how every Animsquad tutor has his/her own way of teaching animation. Some tutors focus more on the acting and clarity of the performance. Other tutors are more about the appeal and flow of the poses.
Besides critiquing shots, the tutor might take the time to demo a certain workflow -- the lecture topic is usually driven by what the class wants to see. Sometimes the tutor decides a certain topic might be helpful to advance the curriculum. This clip shows how Michael Woodside opens the student's Maya file and demo's using the graph editor -- it's a very effective way of teaching what to do and more importantly: what not to do! Every meeting/lecture is HD recorded and is available for download / watching at a later time.