In his detailed essay on the topic, Tiago Forte breaks down the evolution of online learning and what a CBC is and what it isn’t. In a nutshell, he defines a CBC as having the following for elements....
Cohort Based Courses are very trendy right now, and for good reasons. Some of the big name providers, such as On Deck and Maven, recently raised hefty Series A rounds. A range of companies, such as Virtually (backed by YC) and Coleap (by On Deck Fellows) have launched aimed at providing software and infrastructure to help instructors launch courses. Awareness of the value of CBC’s is growing due to a rare confluence of factors that have combined to create a very fertile environment for CBC’s to thrive. These are the following:
How do I know if a Cohort Based Course is “worth it”?
Cohort Based Courses (CBC’s) (link) are growing (link) in popularity. A plethora of platforms have sprung up, all with the aim of democratising learning. With an easy-to-use platform and engaging technology, any domain expert or experienced operator can leverage their insights and turn them into a course – one that produces recurring revenue as well as the satisfaction of imparting knowledge.
The real story behind the cohort based courses hype
Are you sick of reading or hearing about CBC’s? Have the self styled Twitter thought leaders (guilty!) over bombarded your feed with that accursed acronym? You’re not alone. But contrary to what may have been your first impression, CBC’s are not just a marketing term, boring old school snappily reinvented, a way for plebians to come across as visionaries. They have a short, but sensible, history.