Hazelnuts and Bolts

Our goal is to make Hazelnut easy and fun. And if it's not easy the first time, we hope this page will help. If not, ask for help at Contact Us.

Get acquainted with the site

Look around, especially the Public Square.

Look at the resources in the Chatroom and figure out how it works, maybe add some of your own. This will help everyone get more ideas, especially you. Maybe start a chat of your own.

Maybe take the Survey or at least look at the most recent results.

Do the same with the forums on Speakers Corner.



Conversations are about lifelong learning, not expertise. The moderator's goal is to create something interesting and to help all the group members learn something and get a share of the action.

Conversations let you play with anything that interests you and a few others. If you wonder about something and want to talk about it with kindred minds, this is the place.

If you want to organize your own, here's how.   You may already have a concern or special project you would like to pursue. Excellent. If not, get ideas from Survey Results and the various media that you can access on the site. No need to be grand and glorious.

When you have a clear idea, Guidelines will set you on the path. And we'll coach you if you need it.


Courses are conventional distance learning classrooms. The instructor organizes the material, directs the classes (lecture, discussion, whatever), and evaluates the work of the students. Quizzes, exams, and essays are possible, as are shared projects and activities. Instructors are expected to be experts in the field they teach. Most courses are likely to be offered by affiliates, but this format is is open to anyone. Instructors may also charge a fee which goes directly to them. Hazelnut Connection facilitates direct payments which do not go through its own books. If an instructor just wants a good time, the conversation format might work better.


Webinars, presentations by a single speaker to a large number of people, are available as one of the resources of Conversations.