In this two-part discussion, we welcome special guest Dr. Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, to adapt some key topics from her record-setting Learning How to Learn and Mindshift Coursera courses, as well as from her new book, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, to self-taught web development students.
What you'll learn
- The value and power of career changers and self-taught coders
- The concept of “second skilling“, or building on our marketable skills with equally useful skills that satisfy our passions
- Why it's important for anybody to learn programming principles
- That even college professors could stand to learn a thing or two about learning
- The necessity to simplify versus complicate already complex topics
2:53 Barb explains why she admires career changers (of which she is one!).
5:18 Find out how coding is like knowing how to manage a horse (??? I admittedly did not know horses could be milked).
9:05 We talk about a concept Barb introduced in Mindshift called “second skilling”—building on our marketable skills with equally useful skills that satisfy our passions—and what kind of “second skills” a coder might consider learning.
11:17 What are the benefits of a rational, logical mind? Barb shares her thoughts.
13:36 If you have difficulty learning spoken languages, you may have the incorrect approach. Barb explains why approach is important.
15:04 What are the benefits of a rational, logical mind? Barb shares her thoughts on the subject.
16:39 Barb and I discuss the bad teaching habits plaguing traditional academic environments.
19:12 Hear about why it's imperative to simplify, versus complicate
22:27 Learning to code is like learning to play an instrument. Be sure to practice your scales, however boring they may be!
24:06 Barb and I “play around” with the topic of gamification, or making learning more like play, and why it works so well
29:47 Barb plugs her awesome new book companion course on Coursera, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Unlock Your Hidden Potential
30:32 Barb totally makes me blush. :3 I'm so lucky to be working with such incredible people!
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Barb's Courses & Books
Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects [course] on Coursera
Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential [course] on Coursera
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