What is Maven?

By Rob Lennon
Course Marketing Lead
What do an education platform, a NASA mission, a women’s health clinic, and an open-source build automation tool have in common? They’re all called Maven.

What is Maven?

Maven is where top creators teach cohort-based courses.

What types of courses can you find on Maven.com?

Maven doesn’t accept every single instructor that applies. Creators must go through a vetting process and course development bootcamp to be featured on the maven site. So, while Maven has fewer courses than some other platforms, all are very high quality.
Here are some examples of popular courses on Maven:

Why are cohort-based courses better than other forms of online learning?

Have you ever purchased an online video course, only to not finish watching it? Or started a YouTube video series, but never finished? What about left an webinar early?
If so, you’re perfectly normal. Many types of online learning have very low completion rates, often in the single digits, because they’re not engaging, results-focused, or designed to hold both teachers and students accountable.
Cohort-based courses are the opposite. CBCs have much higher completion rates because they focus on active learning, not passive watching. Each course contains live workshops and hands-on projects designed to keep students engaged and interested.

How does Maven work?

Maven is an education platform that combines course marketing, community, syllabus, and video conferencing so that instructors and students can have a more cohesive experience.
Instructors use Maven to manage their cohort-based courses, including publishing a landing page, handling purchasing, sending out automated email sequences, publishing a syllabus publishing, and creating a community for students.
Students view this content through the student portal, which shows a calendar of all of the sessions, and provides and clear way to find content about each session and project, as well as access any other features or benefits of the course.

Why should I use Maven?

Other popular ways of teaching online include creating one-sided video content such as YouTube videos and massive open online courses (MOOCs). While one-sided instruction can be effective for some people, these types of courses have a 3.13% completion rate, suggesting that community and engagement are critical factors in engaging students.
Maven’s cohort-based approach to learning pairs students and instructors in an online experience that involves interaction, community, projects, and breakout sessions. This simulates many of the best aspects of in-person learning while still allowing students to attend courses taught by world-class instructors without spending time and money on travel and lodging.

Other Popular Mavens

About Apache Maven
Apache Maven is a popular, open-source build automation tool used primarily for Java projects. It is built using a plugin-based architecture that allows it to make use of any application controllable through standard input. Even though Maven was originally designed for Java projects, it has since been extended to support other programming languages and platforms such as Ruby and .NET.
About Maven Clinic
Maven Clinic is a women's health startup that allows users to book appointments with doctors, therapists, and nutritionists online. The company was founded in 2014 by Katherine “Kate” Ryder who identified a need to better support the health needs of those starting and raising a family.
What is MAVEN - Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (NASA)?
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA's Mars Scout program. The MAVEN spacecraft launched on November 18, 2013, and entered orbit around Mars on September 21, 2014. The primary goal of the mission is to understand the loss of atmospheric gases to space and how that has affected the climate and habitability of Mars over time.
What is MAVEN - Material Value Engineering?
Material value engineering is a process that assesses the cost, performance, and manufacturability of materials to optimize product design and improve manufacturing efficiency. The goal of material value engineering is to reduce the overall cost of manufacturing while maintaining or improving product quality.
Maven Binoculars
Maven Outdoor Equipment Company produces award-winning optics and sells them directly to consumers. The company strives to deliver quality, high-performance products without the big box store markup.
Maven Calore
Maven Merandus Calore was the former King of Norter in Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen book series, which follows Mare Barrow and her quest to overthrow the unjust Silver Elite. He was introduced at the Queenstrial and is betrothed to Mare by his father as part of a distraction from the Scarlet Guard insurrection.
Maven Black-Briar
In the video game Skyrim, Maven Black-Briar is an essential character that plays a role in several essential questlines, notably the Thieves-Guide and Dark Brotherhood lines. 

History of the word maven

Where does the word "maven" come from? 
The word "maven" is originally Yiddish, and comes from the Hebrew word "mevin," meaning one who understands. 
What does maven mean? 
A maven is an expert or connoisseur in a particular field.
Maven synonyms
ace, adept, champion, expert, genius, hotshot, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, whiz, wiz, wizard
Rhymes with Maven
craven, shaven, raven, graven, unshaven, sarajevan
Use maven in a sentence
Media maven Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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