La Vie en Code Podcast

005: The Science of Learning with Dr. Barbara Oakley (Part 1)

005: The Science of Learning with Dr. Barbara Oakley (Part 1)

In this two-part discussion, we welcome special guest Dr. Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, to discuss her new book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, and adapt some key topics from her record-setting Learning How to Learn and Mindshift Coursera courses for self-taught web development students.

Barbara Oakley's Coursera course, Learning How to Learn, is currently the world's largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

It is here that students may have their very first exposure to the inner workings of the brain. And, if you're a new coder, you know that our brains are very good at pushing back against our attempts to teach it complex new information.

When you learn how to learn this information, your coding experience will change completely. Things will become easier. You'll be able to move along faster, and with less frustration. I think that's everyone's ultimate goal!

This episode is packed with so much information, you're going to want to start from the beginning. Please be sure to check out Part 1 of the two-part interview, if you haven't heard it yet.

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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

Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Unlock Your Hidden Potential [book] on Amazon

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What are the main LEARNING-based challenges you've encountered learning to code?

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