Learners aren’t lacking content. What they are lacking, and what many are hungry for, is connection, especially remote and hybrid workers. Instead of one-off trainings and standalone e-learning courses, companies must extend training to a learning series format that also builds company culture. Team-based learning fosters the social benefits of in-person learning – collaboration, innovation, and encouragement – and creates high-value environments for people to practice new skills, get immediate feedback, and share authentic perspectives. Tractus partnered with Degreed offers a Learning Experience Platform (LXP) to optimize this experience. HR and learning professionals can incorporate cohorts into learning initiatives in a few simple ways:
Onboarding New Hires: The first response that likely comes to mind is onboarding new hires. Cohorts provide a sense of community: Onboarding can be an isolating experience for new hires, cohorts provide a sense of community and support by bringing new hires together. They can share experiences, ask questions, and learn from each other. This sense of community can help new hires feel more comfortable and confident in their new role.
Skill Development Programs: Another beneficial use of cohorts is in skill development programs intuitive to your business. Whether this entails software engineering, accounting, or leadership development, cohorts foster a sense of community and similar to the experience of onboarding, allows employees to share and grow together on their learning journey.
Benefits of Cohorts
- Cohorts emphasize connection: Onboarding or learning a new skill can be a tedious process, and employees may struggle to stay engaged. Cohorts can help improve engagement and promote teamwork by emphasizing connection and accountability. Degreed offers many beneficial tools in the process. Cohorts can start together in a group where they can share and comment on content they find useful. They also offer templates for quizzes within their pathways to keep new hires engaged and motivated.
- Cohorts create consistency: When new hires or employees undertaking skill development begin at different times, it can be challenging to ensure that everyone receives the same level of training and information. By using Groups and Pathways in Degreed to outline the learning process, a level of consistency is established. Pathways can be assigned to Groups and offer guided learning paths of content. They also offer a quizzing feature to track progress.
- Cohorts reduce costs: Onboarding and skill development programs can be a costly endeavor, especially while running a companywide program. Cohorts can help reduce costs by streamlining the process. Utilizing Degreed can help organizations deliver training and information more efficiently, reducing the time and resources required for training.
In conclusion, cohorts are the best resort because they provide a sense of community, create consistency, promote teamwork, and reduce costs. By implementing a cohort-based onboarding process or skill development program, organizations can ensure that employees have a positive experience and are set up for success in their role.