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The Value of Cohort Learning

One of the best ways to obtain an online learning degree is through a cohort program. Challenges that online learning students often face are isolation and a lack of motivation. A cohort program can mitigate these challenges by helping students feel part of a team.

Cohort programs increase motivation

Cohort programs take students through degree completion as a group. The students take the same courses and go through the same learning process simultaneously. They begin their degree program together, study the same curriculum under the same professors and graduate together. This allows cohort members to build friendships and support systems they can rely on for questions or brainstorming. As they progress through their coursework, students no longer have to get to know their classmates in each new course. Instead, they can immediately engage and discuss coursework. These relationships create intrinsic motivation and sustain the drive to complete the program.

Cohort programs help students build a professional network

Cohort programs build long-term professional networks that can open doors for students in the future. The cohort program vitalizes online learning and encourages participation by fostering familiarity, which gives students time to learn with whom they work best as wells and allows them to find study groups or partners that benefit their education.

Cohort programs serve as support groups

Members of a cohort program share similar career goals and aspirations; for that reason, they may share many of the same concerns and challenges. Cohort programs helps ensure that online learning does not become isolating. By signing up to complete your studies with a cohort, you will be a part of an interactive, engaging community that could remain a part of your network for the rest of your career and beyond.

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Sources:

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/pros-and-cons-of-cohort-groups/

http://www.examiner.com/article/education-101-what-is-a-cohort-program


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