A cohort based course is an online course where a group (cohort) of students learn at the same time, usually over a fixed period, with a mix of online materials (watch videos, read text etc), live classes with an instructor and peer group collaboration and projects.
What have been the phases of online learning?
Why Cohort Based Courses
Cohort based courses mirrors traditional classes, with the added benefits of online learning.
A cohort provides a more interactive, immersive experience for students, with members of the course sharing their own understanding and application of the course material with each other as they go.
Cohort based courses have a much higher completion rates 80-90%) than self-paced courses (5-15%).
The benefits of cohort based learning include:
- Community. This enhances the learning experience.
- Support. Get help and accountability from peers and instructors.
- Structure: set live sessions and due dates for assignments ensures the work gets done.
- Networking: build relationships by meeting new people with similar interests, goals and experiences as some of your peers.
- Focus. Greater emphasis on learning the how, than the what and why.
What does this mean for TFI?
Intend moving to cohort based courses for the more extensive topics like preparing business cases.
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