Summary: After MOOCs, it's time for cohort-based learning. Organizations are constantly looking for novel ways to improve employee Learning and Development in today's dynamic corporate environment. It's time to democratize learning, and a cohort-based approach would be a good step in the right direction.
Cohort-based learning is not a new term. It has been quite popular in higher education setups where students complete their assigned tasks in groups within the given time.
In a professional setting, cohort-based learning involves classifying employees into groups based on shared learning goals or professional development requirements. As they advance through a structured program together, these cohorts set out on a shared learning journey. Workshops, discussions, and group projects are frequently included in the learning experience. Employees can share experiences, learn from one another, and collectively advance their skills and knowledge in a supportive, collaborative environment fostered by the cohorts.
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Humans, as we know, are social creatures and creatures of habit. Social learning or distributed learning systems, as propounded by theories of Vygotsky and others, always emphasized collaboration as an important aspect of learning. Vygotsky called this concept of learning a zone of proximal development. In this model, he emphasized the importance of learning through communication and interactions with others rather than just through independent work. This led to what we know today as group learning.
Reasons for adopting cohort-based learning are enumerated below.
The main advantage of cohort-based or collaborative learning is the peer-to-peer learning and collaboration that the learners undertake. Through collaboration, there is healthy discussion and also the development of critical thinking abilities. Learners who learn together tend to think deeply about the problems and come up with real-world solutions for them.
There is a development of learning communities and a greater emphasis on a continuous learning culture. Learning communities encourage the participants to learn together and learn continuously. Using platforms like KREDO, learners can learn concepts together, discuss through forums, and develop a healthy mindset towards learning in general.
Organizations looking to develop their teams by upskilling and reskilling them will need to look towards cohort-based learning as an excellent methodology to achieve their goals. Using cohort-based learning, learning can be accelerated, and the goal of upskilling and reskilling can be achieved. The reasons as aforementioned are related to the intrinsic nature of learning or, rather, the learning mindset. At the same time, we have many learners who do want to learn asynchronously at their own pace.
Cohort-based learning recognizes these paradigms and apparent contradictions. In cohort-based learning, the emphasis is to combine the best of classroom or face-to-face training and standardized digital learning alongside collaborative elements to make learning an organic and fun process.
Cohort-based learning is now picking up in the corporate environment as well.
Let's look at some steps to implement cohort-based learning:
Modern learning platforms such as KREDO incorporate all the collaborative elements for better learning outcomes. We believe that a mentor is required to drive cohort-based learning. It is not exactly an administrator-driven activity, but rather a mentor-driven activity.
Any business group can choose in-house experts as mentors, who can then drive cohort-based learning. Mentors can create cohorts among their teams and ask them to research a topic, upload materials, and go through bite-sized learning. KREDO has features that encourage people to explore cohort-based learning.
Cohort-based learning is a no-brainer today. Why?
As mentioned earlier, there are several benefits that can be derived from cohort-based learning:
To conclude, cohort-based learning helps derive better learning outcomes, better retention of concepts, and better completion rates of the courses. It also helps develop critical thinking and apply learning to the job. Cohort-based learning promotes collaboration, a sense of community, and significant professional growth by grouping employees into small groups, or cohorts.
At Tesseract Learning, our learning and visual architects are constantly innovating and reinventing their approaches to design, develop, and deliver better learning experiences. We are leveraging our powerful learning platform, KREDO, to create efficiencies across the training life cycle and to deliver optimal learning experiences. We provide end-to-end execution of the complete Learning and Development cycle and learning consultation.