A month ago, I read Thiago Forte’s breakdown of how cohort-based courses are taking over the online education space.
This is a recap of Thiago’s article, plus some of my observations on a trend that will change how you and your kids learn.
To understand what the future holds, let’s first look at the past.
In Thiago’s post, he shared how online education has gone through four stages:
2008: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
Taking offline courses, recording them, and putting them online
Examples: Edx, Udacity, Coursera
Online first courses built on top of marketplaces.
Examples: Udemy and Skillshare
Online first courses built on independent platforms so creators can own their audiences
Examples: Teachable, Thinkific, Kajabi
2016: Cohort Based Courses
A group of students who go through an online course simultaneously and reap the benefits of community and accountability.
Examples: AltMBA, Reforge, B School
I’m going through my own cohort-based course right now with #brand30. And I’m loving it! This format blends the freedom of online learning with the powerful social forces of offline learning.
I suspect that this shift will lead to a massive increase in online course enrollment. Because if self-learning isn’t your strong suit, the peers in your cohort will help you and keep you accountable.
As someone who loves learning and hated school, this innovation gives me hope for a better education future.
If you’ve written off online courses in the past, I encourage you to try out this new model to learn something new! 🤙