Class Central Starts Developing a Social Learning Platform for Open Courses

IBL News | New York announced it’s developing a social learning platform for open courses.

Class Central Cohorts are our attempt to add a social layer to free online courses,” said Dhawal Shah, CEO and Founder of Class Central.

Currently, two courses are open to experimentation: Wharton Marketing and Dino 101.

A Class Central Cohort features three main components: an online course, discussion forum, weekly Zoom sessions, or live streams.

Class Central built a website where learners access the study schedule, upcoming streams and recordings, and Discourse forums.

Coordinators accept enrollments, create a study schedule, post announcements, and weekly updates, and create events (for Zoom sessions) that are sent to learners automatically.

The legendary Barbara Oakley, who has 4 million learners on Coursera, participated in the study groups as a student.