A KCD Cohort is a group of 5-12 people who are going through my coursework (or anything else) together. Research suggests that we learn better when we learn together, so that's the goal of a KCD Cohort: it's a place for a group of people who want to learn the same thing to do so together.
If you'd like to start a cohort, then you need:
If you don't already have a group of people who want to learn together, I'll help you find them.
Send Kent your cohort application (here's an example) as a Google Doc with the following information:
If your cohort application doesn't have enough members yet, send it along anyway and Kent will help you find more members.
One of the volunteers is responsible for putting together a schedule for when and how the cohort will interact and what activities they will participate in to learn together. They're responsible for leading the cohort meetings and ensuring the cohort is accomplishing its learning goals.
Here's an example meeting agenda:
Someone should make notes of any group questions to take to the next KCD Office Hours.
While meeting synchronously over video is preferred, it's not always possible for everyone to meet synchronously due to timezone differences. A cohort can agree to conduct all meetings asynchronously in the text chat if they must.
The learning activity can happen as an activity you do together during the meeting, or as something that everyone is expected to do before the meeting.
Examples of activities:
These should expose people to new ideas or think critically about concepts their already familiar with.
The core of the cohort meeting is discussion of the learning activity. This is the opportunity for everyone to ask questions and provide answers about the new ideas and concepts. It will allow people the opportunity to think critically about their understanding of the material.
The schedule is a simple list of the order of concepts you'll be learning. If you're planning to go through one of my courses, then it can simply be a list of the videos with a date associated. It could also be a series of blog posts you want to read and discuss together. In that case it would be a list of the posts you want to discuss.
The schedule doesn't have to be set in stone (it can be flexible) and the cohort leader doesn't have to decide everything on their own (this can be collaborative). It simply ensures that everyone in the cohort is on the same page.