202 4 Cornerstones of Effective Cohort-Based Learning

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Thursday, March 17

Many organizations have a lot of employees who need to be quickly upskilled, but the learners cannot follow traditional learning paths such as attending regular courses. You may also have a limited budget and tight deadlines, along with learning needs that depend on the context. The solution? A structured mentoring program where a cohort of learners follows an accelerated and tailored learning path that combines external learning sources with mentor-created content.

Successful cohort-based learning requires four cornerstones: mentor(s), motivation, ongoing commitment, and a clear goal. Cohort participants must become a cohesive group that encourages and learns from one another.

  • A competent and motivational mentor defines the learning path, selects content, creates the program, and leads the cohort
  • Motivation takes several forms to augment the motivation coming from the mentor(s)
  • Ongoing commitment requires clear goals, schedules, and continuity
  • A clear goal is the key that drives cohort members to finish their mentored program successfully

In this session, we will study two successful examples of cohort-based learning programs that demonstrate the importance of the four cornerstones.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How mentors become the foundational element of a successful cohort-based program
  • To identify and apply key learning motivators in a cohort
  • How to increase the impact of cohort-based learning by focusing on the program goal and final assignments

Marjan Bradesko

Director, Conscia Center of Excellence


Marjan Bradesko, MSc, has spent his career helping people to learn, grow, and share their knowledge. His background in software engineering and networking has enabled him to connect technology with business. Marjan graduated from University of Ljubljana, and is employed by NIL Ltd, part of Conscia. He leads the Conscia Center of Excellence and uses his broad experience (training delivery, content creation, instructor development, sales) in talent and leadership development. Marjan is a proficient learning expert and an enthusiastic speaker. He writes about learning, personal development, technology, and travel, and has authored four books.

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