I'm Chris. I created this site while finishing my own learning sabbatical in the Fall of 2020.
Self-led learning can be fantastically fun and fulfilling, but it can also be lonely at times. LearningSabbatical.org is envisioned as a place to find inspiration while planning a learning sabbatical and community during one.
I have a few goals for the site:
- Help normalize the idea of a learning sabbatical. Grad school is socially acceptable to parents, friends, and employers. Self-study less so. Because of this, many people go to grad school as a way to transition from job to job even though it's expensive and may not actually teach them what they want to learn.
- Elevate meta-learning resources. Getting better at learning how to learn added huge leverage to my learning journey.
- Elevate good process. Learning Sabbaticals work best when they have clear goals, feedback loops, and accountability. Without these, it's easy to waste time or get trapped by confirmation bias.
- Create community. While high quality educational material is now easy to find, mentors and peers are not. Peers help with accountability, motivation, and social isolation. Mentors suggest resources and critique deliverables.
This site is very much a work in progress. If you have suggestions or want to chat about self-directed learning, I'd love to speak with you. Feel free to reach out to me via Chris (at) learningsabbatical.org or schedule a 30min call here.