How Cohort-Based Programs Scale With Peer-Led Programming

February 3, 2021

As course creators, you are focused on creating evergreen programs that allow you to grow your income and scale your business. While you might be curious to learn more about launching a cohort-based program, the time commitment involved may be holding you back from giving it a try. One way to effectively scale cohort-based online programs is by leveraging peer-led programming. Mission Collaborative and altMBA are examples of cohort-based online learning programs powered by peer-to-peer learning. These programs offer instructors and learners the best of both worlds. 

Learners benefit from a hands-on curriculum, live interaction through group work, and deeper community engagement. On the other hand, course creators can spend less time teaching by delegating tasks to coaches, alumni, and peer leaders.

Leveraging technology, set regular deadlines, plan group discussions and video calls. You can also price your program higher than pre-recorded, self-paced online courses.

Read Next: How much to price cohort-based courses?  

Have we piqued your interest yet? If so, here’s what you need to know about peer-led learning, how it can help you scale your course creation business, and why your students will love it. 

What is peer-led learning? 

Unlike traditional learning programs where instructors lead the charge, learning is a community effort in peer-led learning programs. Facilitators offer a framework for learning; however, they do not have to participate in every call. Learners move through project prompts together thereby learning together. 

Why does peer-to-peer learning scale?

One challenge course creators face when considering launching a cohort-based program is the time commitment. Between live online classes, office hours, and coaching calls, fostering an interactive learning environment can be challenging to scale, especially if you’re a mighty team of one. As an alternative, create an educational program where students exclusively learn from each other under your guidance. Or delegate by assigning a peer leader (knowledgeable alumni) or coach to help your students navigate the curriculum at critical intervals. 

Overall by developing a cohort-based peer-led program, you get paid for your knowledge and the tight-knit structure your program provides, not your time. 

Benefits of peer-led learning programs for instructors:

  • You do not have to lead every call. 
  • Delegate tasks to coaches, peer-leaders, or alumni. 
  • Have more time to focus on other areas of your business and life. 
  • Work efficiently while increasing your income.
  • Leverage technology to create connection and urgency. 

Benefits of peer-led learning programs for students:

  • Casual learning environment. 
  • High interaction and engagement. 
  • Build leadership skills. 
  • Retain more information by teaching others. 
  • Develop communication skills and other soft skills. 

Are you thinking about developing a peer-led cohort-based program? Host live sessions with Zoom, accept payments through Stripe, and manage all of your students in one place with our course platform. Get started for free, or schedule a 15-minute demo call where we’ll walk you through our key features.

Danielle Desir

Danielle Desir is an author and the host of The Thought Card, an affordable-travel and personal finance podcast. (