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Are Cohort-Based Courses the Future of E-learning?



E-learning was supposed to be a revolution. However, completion rates have been dismal. Between 2013 and 2018 completion rates for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have declined to reach a concerning 3% to 6% in 2018.


Let’s investigate how we ended up in this situation and what lies ahead.


Learning has always been connected with teachers, the classic one-to-one interaction. A teacher would pass on his/her knowledge to an apprentice. Teaching was first class but did not scale well.


So we invented schools and universities, where a teacher could gather a large group of individuals and create a generic program to teach at scale.


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