hyperlink.academy, an internet native school

2019-09-24
an experimental online school created with some links

Another day (week? month?) another new fathom endeavor. hyperlink.academy is an experiment in creating an online school, that's simple yet pretty radical.

the homepage

The core structure is this: There is a homepage (click the link above to get to it) that has a list of learners and courses. Every 6 weeks a semester starts, where people can participate in whatever courses they choose. At the end of the six weeks if you participated in at least one course you get a sticker!

The first semester is kicking off on October 14th, we'd love for you to join us!

Why?

This is an experiment! The internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning, and hyperlink.academy is a simple structure to explore how we can use it.

It's also a challenge to the current ideas of schools on the internet. This isn't an app where you have to login, or a platform, it's just a webpage. Anyone could copy hyperlink.academy, or fork it, and use it for their own community, or field. And any learner could just as well use the very same webpage they use for hyperlink.academy to participate in the copies.

Inspiration

hyperlink.academy was inspired by the domain of one's own project from the University of Mary Washington. They support and encourage students in getting their own domain, and hence indentity on the internet. It's an incredibly powerful tool for learning, and incredibly empowering for learners.

Next steps

We're going to run the first semester and see how people interact. From there we can tweak the system, build new features (only if we must) and continue experimenting.