What is a cohort-based course?
What are the learner benefits of cohort-based courses?
Cohort-based courses offer a range of benefits, including:
We are social creatures. We like to learn socially, learning with and from each other. Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but rather within an interconnected social network. One aspect of social learning, which is a strong focus in CBCs, is the development of a community to allow for the knowledge sharing to occur, as well as the opportunity for support from both the learning facilitator and peers. This community driven environment enhances the learning experience by driving higher accountability, interaction, and impact.
Many learners fail to complete a learning program because they are not help to account. Accountability in a CBC provides a support structure for the learners, assisting them through the difficult parts of the learning program, while simultaneously creating a culture of high expectations for all involved. This balance of encouragement and challenge leads to dramatically higher completion rates than we’ve come to expect in online education.
Self-paced courses are more focused on providing information, where the nature of the CBC is to provide transformation. Transformational learning goes beyond simply providing information but generates impactful change. The power of the community, where learners can learn in a safe environment and work through challenges together, enhances the ability to transform easier.
What are the benefits of cohort-based courses for course creators?
A cohort-based course doesn’t only provide benefits to the learners. It also provides the course creator and facilitator with a range of benefits, including:
The synchronous nature of the CBC, combined with the ongoing interaction as a community allows you to easily identify where knowledge and skill gaps are occurring and quickly develop new learning assets to fill those gaps. Receiving immediate feedback from the cohort also allows you to identify any technical issues or other problems that you need to address.
Delivering highly impactful training to a cohort of learners, with the larger majority of the cohort completing the program, is going to enhance your reputation as the go-to expert in your field. You will be developing a community of raving fans who will be telling their friends that you are the person to work with.
By it’s nature, a cohort-based course will be priced higher that a self-paced course because of the higher involvement from the facilitator. In addition, with the accountability and community helping to ensure that the majority of learners complete the program means that you can price the program as a premium product. With the reputation that you will develop, you will have a raving fan base wanting to join your program and generate higher profits than a typical self-paced course.
As a course creator and edupreneur, there are so many reasons to consider developing a cohort-based course. If you want to know more about getting started with your own cohort-based course, and creating an experience your learners will love and that will deliver the impact you want, get in touch with us.