The Power of Online Group Learning

By Alex Hoffmann on June, 8 2020


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Benefits of online cohort learning

The goal of a cohort/group is to build an environment that emphasizes collaboration and team building over competition; a valuable asset in today’s workplace.

The International Sports Sciences Association learning model through group learning fosters student participation,  creativity, builds leadership skills, generates a sense of community  at a predetermined 10-week pace.

The model offers many benefits including:
  • A shared learning experience that features enriching discussions of real-world health, fitness, nutrition and business issues among a diverse group of students and currently practicing fitness professionals.
  • Collaboration, leadership and teamwork skills, necessary for success in today’s workplace and or independently run businesses.
  • Interactive learning that enables students to think independently and develop their own conclusions and ideas.
  • Cultivation of professional and personal networks that may continue long after the certification has been awarded.
  • A clearly-defined timeline and format allowing working professionals to pursue the certification without giving up their day job.
The cohort model provides a community experience with a much greater focus on a shared learning experience throughout the entire program. Students motivated by a group setting and a collaborative learning environment are likely to be drawn to the cohort model for their graduate education. 
The cohort model shows great promise for highly-organized and motivated students actively seeking to be invested in their education and to take charge of their learning. It works well when all members are doing their equal share of work and contributing to the discussion. 
The cohort model helps students to develop their own voice, think critically, and move beyond passive learning to produce engaged professionals armed with innovative approaches to problem-solving. 
The cohort model is particularly beneficial for students re-entering education setting after some time in the professional world. The ability to build relationships in cohort courses makes re-entering academia less stressful and provides the support many feel they need. 
The cohort model is particularly beneficial for students balancing workload with life responsibilities as there are unrivaled levels of academic advisement and support from peers and instructors. The members of your cohort will likely share similar work-life challenges and will benefit from working through them together in order to successfully complete your programs and more importantly take and implement all you have learned into the field. 
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