006: The Science of Learning with Dr. Barbara Oakley (Part 2)

Summary

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

Key moments

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!

31:11  Nicole plugs a special offer for new Treehouse students: a 7-day free trial, and 50% off your first month

Show notes

Nicole's Plugs

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Barb's Plugs

BrainHQ: Barb's recommended brain exercise platform

ClassCentral: Find top online courses

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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