A cohort-based course is one organized into sections and taken by a group of students at the same time. It can take place online, in a virtual space, or in a physical classroom. It's familiar to many people as it's often the way traditional education is structured: a group of students enters a class or course together, and over a specific period of time they go through the syllabus, together. Benefits: A cohort provides a more engaging learning experience for students. Students can learn from each other as they go, share their own understanding, and have more opportunities to apply the material. Cohort based learning can also improve students' chances of completing courses successfully.