Programs and Cohorts

Collaborative learning provides a collaborative, classroom-like, online learning experience where learners can collaborate with each other and communicate with an instructor.

Collaborative learning utilizes program and cohort learning objects (LOs). A cohort LO is a combination of a Connect community and a curriculum, where users can complete training within a curriculum structure and collaborate with other learners who are in the same cohort. A program LO is essentially a template for cohort LOs so that new cohort instances can be quickly created with a consistent structure.

Administrators can create community templates for use with programs and cohorts. A community template contains default content, including a banner, an HTML widget, topics, and postings. A community template is created in order to be used with a cohort LO, and when a cohort LO is created using a community template, a cohort community is created with all of the default content from the community template. This enables administrators to quickly create new cohort communities for each new cohort, allowing each cohort to have their own unique experience.

A cohort community contains all of the traditional community functionality, but also contains a Learning tab where users can view and complete training and an Instructor tab where instructors can engage with learners.


For help with other aspects of program and cohort management, click one of the relevant topics below: