Hyperlink is a course platform and online school built for seriously effective learning.
This manual describes how it works, and how you can get involved.
Learning happens in all kinds of ways, and everyone has different preferences. Some people want intimate conversation and detailed feedback. Some want hands-on work, learning via trial and error. Some want to listen to lectures, or digest books and videos. And so on!
Many learning environments, both in schools and online, are rooted in lecture-based formats. This mode of learning isn't bad…but it's rarely the most effective. Chances are if you've tried an online course and failed to find it engaging, it's more an issue of video fatigue than a problem with you.
Hyperlink aims to correct this imbalance, with a strong focus on enabling active, participatory learning experiences.
Hyperlink's learning infrastructure — course details, easy enrollment and payments, and powerful community discussion space — makes up a simple yet flexible learning environment. We build on open source software as much as possible, and are constantly improving the platform.
Hyperlink hosts a collection of courses and clubs.
Each course is a template for a learning experience, describing a curriculum that will be followed in service of a learning goal. Clubs are similarly learning-focused, but more informal and peer-driven.
Each course can be run repeatedly, in independent cohorts — groups of people following the course's curriculum on a specific schedule, learning together.
We encourage courses on Hyperlink to run multiple times, so that with each cohort, the course as a whole becomes more and more effective.
Every course is unique. All courses aim to create meaningful learning experiences, but each follows a different structure and expects different levels of commitment from learners.
When choosing a course — or creating one — you're deciding what to learn, and how to learn it.
Elements of a course:
Elements of a cohort:
Note: right now, only a course's maintainers can facilitate new cohorts. Eventually it may be possible for anyone to apply to facilitate a course.
Clubs on Hyperlink are, like courses, intended for serious learning, convening small groups of peers to explore niche topics together. Both are led by a facilitator, and run for multiple sessions over a fixed duration.
They differ in goals, commitment level, and overall structure. Courses are driven by a structured curriculum, with well-defined learning outcomes. Clubs are more experimental, driven by a peer group exploring together.
Clubs are also more lightweight — a good way to test out an idea for a learning group without necessarily maintaining it over time. Most of what we describe in the Manual for "courses" applies to "clubs" as well, though we note differences where relevant.
For examples of both courses and clubs, view the list of Hyperlink Courses!
These are the things that make Hyperlink Hyperlink — guiding ideas and principles for how we think meaningful learning should happen.
…is what you're reading now — Hyperlink's documentation, including all kinds of detail on how the site works, as well as the principles that guide us.
As noted above, you'll find additional resources in the Hyperlink Library.
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