A peer cohort for propelling ambitious self-directed learning projects. Join for motivation, accountability, feedback, structure, clarity, and creative momentum. [EXPERIMENTAL]
Do you have a personal learning project you'd love to complete this year?
Often the hardest part about learning outside of a full time institutional environment (read: school) isn't deciding what you want to learn — but the motivation to actually do it, and a support network to help keep you focused and accountable.
We're experimenting with Learning Adventures as a peer-driven learning club.
Independent learning — with a community of peers.
Your own project and goals — with social accountability.
We think this will be a lot of fun — a great way to take a project to the next level, give it more shape and momentum, and generate concrete, shareable artifacts based on what you learn.
Our first cohort starts Monday, Feb 1. To join, propose an adventure by Wednesday, Jan 27. Details below.
You might be working on an ambitious project — writing a book, doing a long-term research project, building experimental software. For example:
Nadia's research on open source communities, leading to her book Working in Public
Andy's work creating tools for thought and experimenting with long-form writing and spaced repetition
You might be taking a creative practice to the next level — your own version of something like NaNoWriMo or the 100 Day Project. For example:
Jinjin's 2+ year series of 100 self-portraits inserted into classic works from art history
Malavika's month-long project practicing animation techniques by emulating favorite artists
You might be doing focused reading or study — going deep on a challenging text, open source curriculum, or self-created reading list. For example:
Brendan wants to understand the foundations of library and information science, so he plans to go through an introductory textbook
Malavika wants to learn new 3D animation software by completing a series of online tutorials and exercises
One other category of adventure we're very interested in: projects that explore ideas you're interested in teaching.
Any of the above adventures could be done with an eye towards building a curriculum to teach others. We want to encourage this, and open the possibility of using Learning Adventures as a kind of pre-Meta Course process to seed ideas for future teaching. To encourage this:
If you turn your project into a Hyperlink course or club in the next six months, we'll refund the cost of this adventure cohort.
Here's what each participant will do in our month-long cohort:
Create a learning plan
Share our progress in group show and tells
Check in 1:1 with accountability partners
Join optional group co-working sessions
Create final artifacts to share what we learn
Brendan will facilitate this beta cohort, starting February 1
This cohort will meet on Mondays at noon EST — let us know when you apply if you'd like to join for February, or a future cohort
Beta pricing is $25 for the month (in the future it will likely be $50+)
Commit for one month at a time; join again in a future cohort to continue with a longer project
To get the most out of this, we suggest applying with a fairly well-defined project that you've already started to explore, taking it from initial "discovery phase" to a focused and structured "build phase"
Propose an adventure: https://hyperlink.academy/forms/propose-adventure
Please submit by Wednesday, Jan 27 (rolling deadline)
We'll get back to you by Friday Jan 29 and invite you to enroll before our kickoff call on Monday, Feb 1
Thanks to Malavika for feedback and help brainstorming adventure examples! Malavika will be joining us as both participant and Hyperlink-insider-meta-advisor to help workshop this first cohort.
Let us know if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
By application; propose an adventure! We'll review and invite you to join.
You should have a project that you've already started to explore — we think this will be most useful in moving from the initial discovery phase to a focused and structured build phase.
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