From MOOCs to CBCs

This is a very useful discussion about the shift from MOOCs (with a priority on content) to CBCs (with a priority on engagement). Worth taking a few minutes over a cup of tea.

This gap between the grand promise of online education and its results has led to the rise of cohort-based courses (CBCs), interactive online courses where a group of students advances through the material together — in “cohorts” — with hands-on, feedback-based learning at the core. The key difference between this phase of online ed and the MOOCs in the past decade? They are engaging and real-time, not just self-paced, and involve community-driven, active learning, as opposed to solo, passive content consumption.