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Virtual Cohorts

Creation of small, focused peer groups for learning.

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  • Parent/Caregiver

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I would like to see the schools establish small virtual cohorts of students, 6 to 8, of like minded learners, who can navigate distance learning together.  A single teacher or potentially an older student (maybe even a college student) would be responsible for facilitating the self management of the cohort.  The cohort would be directed to set up a system of working together, including how they can hold each other accountable to achieving academic goals.  Ideally they would move through all of their subjects together.  

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Rigidity in the topics that are covered. COV-19 has brought an opportunity to dive into a current situation and learn about it from a number of angles.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

The excitement and eagerness that my daughter has sought out and embraced what is available to her to learn more about COV-19 and epidemiology.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

We live outside of San Francisco.

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I like the idea of small peer groups. Social Interaction in learning has a big impact. Our research during Covid has shown, that pupils / students would like to learn together with others in a group in a meaningful way. It's not about chatting or playing with best friends. It's about organizing learning sessions with peers, not always the same "friends" but with peers who are trusted (allow to select people who to work with but also allow serenpidity). We can take up the chance to create guidance and tech support along this process. Learning-by-Doing TOGETHER 

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