Cohort-Based Learning: All You Need To Know

Cohort-based learning simply means a group of people enrolled in an educational program together. Think of it as learning together in a...

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cohort-based learning

Cohort-based learning simply means a group of people enrolled in an educational program together. Think of it as learning together in a class along with your classmates – and now it’s happening online.🙌🏽

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Cohort programs were specially created by psychologists and educators to promote group learning. They found in their research that people perform better when they study in groups as opposed to studying individually. Have a look at some of our specially mapped courses to get a better understanding and begin your online learning journey. 👨🏽‍🎓

💚 Tips for #students

Cohort style of learning fosters community building, helps develop and improve leadership skills, promotes team-work, and encourages creativity amongst students. This is how:

1. Learn dialectically

Unlike the traditional class-room education where there is a student-teacher power imbalance, these courses facilitate ‘dialectical’ form of skills training & education. It means that there is a two-way communication between instructors and students. ↔

2. Teamwork makes for efficient learning

It encourages discussions and builds critical thinking skills. You learn together with your peers and improve your understanding collectively. Also, in times of need your fellows can come to your rescue. They keep you on your toes when it comes to keeping up with your submissions. It makes you an efficient learner. 👍🏽

We think strong community is great support, which is why it is super important to us at Airschool and a standout feature of our cohort-based courses. Access here today!

3. Engage with a diverse environment

Expand your perspectives with an interactive experience. People from all over come together in this structured program and follow the same pace. You enrich yourself with their point of view and develop a cross-cultural understanding. This is especially important to prepare you for your future jobs where you will have to work with people from all walks of life.

4. Grow your network

As this style of learning facilitates social association, you end up making a lot of new friends. In times of isolation, this surely brings some excitement in our lonely quarantined lives.

Interact with your peers and expand your network. Networking is the key to advancing a career. People found through networking can help you find better jobs, give you well-rounded professional advice and just generally help you sort out your life. Isn’t that what connections are for anyway? 😉

💜 Cohort based learning also involves #teachers

Many people come to Airschool to launch their online course business SO we come bearing advice to help aid you in setting up your cohort-based courses online. These tips are tried and tested, so don’t hesitate to apply them. Head over to our page, build your course, sell it and make money – with the help of these tips today. 📚

1. Make sure that your courses tick the market-fit

Pinpoint what you are trying to sell and then analyze how it can satisfy the market demand. Doing a market analysis to get a proper idea about what people are looking for and then filling in the that gap can save you from disappointment or losses.

Gather evidence, talk to people and be aware of the market demographics. If you have you own community, be sure if you can rely on them – in the sense that they’ll definitely buy your course and bring you sales. 💰

2. Optimize class time

This is a crucial step. You need to have a specific time set for your classes. This maintains a structure and makes it easy for the students to follow. ⏱ Many people hastily commit to a time and then make a bad name for themselves by being consistently late or sometimes cancelling classes. These happenings should be a rarity.

3. Keep the student strength manageable

You don’t want to burden yourself with a big class. It will tire you out and your performance will get affected. Keep you class strength no more than thirty students. This will make the experience more engaging for your students as it will be easier for everyone to follow up with the discussion.

4. Design a modular curriculum

Develop an independent curriculum for every session. It will enable the students to keep up with the lessons even if they missed any particular class. Going step-by-step also gives you the chance to properly prepare prior to each lecture/session, which btw, is extremely important. Can’t go into a live cohort unprepared, nope!

5. Gamify your lessons

Make sure to include some exciting games to shake things up. Students don’t want to be bored. Especially with our short attention spans, we need something to keep up interested.

Keep a 2:3 ratio for your sessions. Less than 40% should focus on the content and more than 60% should focus on cultivating discussions and participation. This will increase the participation and interests and won’t bog down the students. 🎮

6. Record your lectures

If you want to create a lasting impact through your lectures then make sure to record them. Recordings will help you keep a better track of what you have taught. They will also help students follow up on their tasks in case they miss any lecture.🎥

No need to sleuth around on Google, now you know that cohort-based learning is all about, whether you want to teach or learn. Either way, you can find the answer to both at Airschool. ✨

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