Hyper Island’s digital media school —with no teachers, no essays, and no grades—will be opening in Manchester to offer students a novel approach to new media pedagogy.
"We actively encourage failure in our students" says Hyper Island director David McCall.
Failure is indeed an important part of learning, though most institutional practices tend to ignore this fact. However, rather than the standard institutional course structure, the Hyper Island curriculum focuses largely on leadership training and team-building exercises before plunging students directly into building digital projects. In fact, the methodology that underlies the school’s pedagogical practices originated with the US military to train soldiers in leadership and decision-making in a fast-moving and changing environment.