Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 EDU: TKR: Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity

Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | 
Sure you know how to learn.  That's how you got through school.  Was it hard?  Did you notice the "brains" who seemed to learn everything easily?  Did you wonder how they did that?  Do you still have to learn things?  Do you wish you knew the secret that would make your learning easy?   The secret lies in a collection of skills and habits that fit what you have to learn to the way your brain works. Here are a few for you to try out. They may fit you.

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley is co-teaching one of the world's largest online classes, "Learning How to Learn".
She knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. Dr. Oakley flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the U.S. Army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a new found determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.
Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her research focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior, and has been described as “revolutionary” by the Wall Street Journal...
...Oakley was designated as an NSF New Century Scholar—she is also a recipient of the Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Learning How to Learn is a free and open course offered by Coursera.  It is available online and can be taken at your own speed.  "Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for free."

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