I’ve been pondering a little lately on the evolution of hyperlink.academy.
The homepage right now is pretty sparse. It’s serving two different purposes: collecting links to people’s learning pages and collecting links to different “courses” on the internet.
The first purpose isn’t too clearly communicated, people aren’t really given any concrete reason why they should have a learning page, and it’s wrapped up in this language of enrollment, which I think is pretty confusing.
The second purpose I think is clearer, and the three courses run right now are each going pretty well. There’s sorta two ways I can see hyperlink.academy being useful for these:
- Providing a place for people to discover the courses and participate
- Help course runners facillitate their courses
1 isn’t really that helpful in it’s current incarnation. For people to discover courses they have to discover hyperlink.academy and then come back to it.
2, I think is being more served by this forum than anything actually on the website. There’s also a lack of writing or frameworks for running a course, which could definitely be spelled out more.
A way to actually meet the needs of course facillitators trying to get people to participate, and learners looking for opportunities, would be to run a newsletter (weekly? Biweekly?) that collects all the goings on, both new learning opportunities and highlights from ongoing ones. This could actually add a cadence to it like originally envisioned with the semesters.
This would maybe be going overkill but it’s not hard to imagine a little more interactive form of hyperlink.academy, with ways of signing up to be notified about specific courses, or courses in specific fields.
Resources for facilitators
I think that facilitation is the main bottleneck here, it’s just hard to envision and run a learning scenario. Perhaps we could put together a guide, or a framework, to reduce the barrier of entry for people who want to experiment with courses.
What do you guys here think? How could hyperlink.academy evolve to help you as learners and learning facilitators online? Especially interested in your thoughts as someone running a course @cjeller1592 ! I’m going to write up a bit more about this in the coming weeks, so any input is highly appreciated.