As I approach my graduation in May in which I will earn my second Masters Degree a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Northern Arizona University. I have the time and inclination to reflect on what went right with this degree, and what could have been better. As my father used to say, “Stephanie, hindsight is 20/20.”
The Cohort Experience: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
First of all, what is cohort learning, exactly? Simply speaking, cohort learning is when a relatively small group of students – usually between 12 and 25 start and finish their degree together. The learning may take place in a traditional format, online format, or a hybrid of the two. Even though students benefit from the cohort benefit in any one of these scenarios, this program structure may hold the most benefits in the online platform as that is where students typically hunger for the camaraderie that a cohort situation offers.
Some of the major benefits of cohort programs include:
The possible positives of cohort programs may also be possible negatives, depending on how you view the situation, and your specific academic and lifestyle needs. These include:
A cohort program of study can be the best way to roll if you are someone who needs to have definite parameters, and if you can work within these parameters. This quickest, most organized way to a degree is usually the best option for most people. To quote one of my college students who is in her 70s, Just get her done!
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