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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Barb Oakley. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Barb Oakley, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Barb Oakley. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Barb Oakley, often where they are interviewed.

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Interview with Barb Oakley

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In this wide ranging interview, we talk with author and professor Barbara Oakley.  We talk about 

  • Her journey from mathphobe to a professor of engineering
  • Her book "A Mind for Numbers"
  • Her Coursera course, "Learning to Learn" which is the new most popular massive open online course of all time   
Aug 28 2018 · 42mins
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#47 Learning How to Learn with Dr. Barb Oakley

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Dr. Barbara Oakley is an educator, writer, and engineer with one of the coolest backstories I’ve ever heard.  She has become an expert on learning and her most recent book Learning How to Learn: A Guide for Kids and Teens is spectacular - so spectacular that my 16-year-old daughter was impressed.  Barb and I have a wide-ranging conversation about her background, learning in general, a little bit about math instruction specifically, and her thoughts on how we can improve teaching and learning in our schools.  I was really impressed with Barb, and I made her promise to do a part two. I hope you enjoy her story and insights as much as I did.

Learning How to Learn: A Guide for Kids and Teens is available everywhere, and you can learn more about Barb and her work at www.barbaraoakley.com.

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Aug 06 2018 · 32mins
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Bruce McLane Show On Goff Rugby Report - Barb Oakley

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Barb Oakley is an expert in neuroscience, learning, and social behavior.

She has become very involved in teaching math and science, and is also a longtime rugby fan. Barb is a professor at Oakland University.

Feb 08 2018 · 1hr 30mins
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Interview with Barb Oakley

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In this wide ranging interview, we talk with author and professor Barbara Oakley.  We talk about 

  • Her journey from mathphobe to a professor of engineering
  • Her book "A Mind for Numbers"
  • Her Coursera course, "Learning to Learn" which is the new most popular massive open online course of all tim   
Sep 04 2017 · 42mins
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Learning How We Learn: An Interview with MOOC Pioneer Barb Oakley

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Since the early days of the university in the 11th century, professors have lectured increasingly large numbers of passive and often bored students. With the advent of educational technology (EdTech) and massive open online courses (MOOCs), the possibility for scaling both the benefits and difficulties of higher education has been received by traditional higher educators as something of a mixed blessing.

In this episode, Big Beacon Radio host Dave Goldberg interviews Barbara Oakley, bestselling author, researcher, professor, adventurer, and teacher of one of the most popular MOOCs on the planet, “Learning How to Learn.” In addition to drawing over a million students to her course (co-taught with Terry Sejnowski of the Salk Institute), Barb is author of the provocative and riveting book on how we learn, A Mind for Numbers.

Join Barb and Dave for this important conversation on the future of MOOCs, the future of learning, and the transformation of higher education.
Sep 21 2015 · 57mins
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Ep158 - Barb Oakley

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Barb Oakley may be a Professor of Engineering now but all through high school she was a self-professed math hater. She got a D in geometry…twice. She far preferred to follow her passions for literature and languages than waste her time doing something that seemed worthless. After joining the army, learning fluent Russian and getting a degree in it, she was assigned to work as a communications officer and found herself suddenly surrounded by engineers. She realized that unless she made a serious course correction her opportunities in life were going to be severely limited. So, she decided to follow her non-passion and master mathematics. In her latest book, A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Mathematics (even if you flunked Algebra), Barb (as she insists we all call her) lays out the simple techniques that she, top teachers and students have used and that you can use too to master mathematics…or anything. What makes Barb’s latest book so interesting is how it fits in with her previous books. While this book heavily explores the individual’s power to determine what their brains become, previous books like Evil Genes and Pathological Altruism explore the parts of human nature that are hard-wired within us. In this interview, we further explore the relation of Nature + Nurture and how ideological agendas can distort the fearless investigation of the science. All of Barb’s books are available on Amazon. We’ll be reading them all and bringing her back on the show. (Huge thanks to David Sloan Wilson for recommending her.) In other news, Barb is starting a Learning How to Learn MOOC this Friday (aka tomorrow) on Coursera. You can find it here: https://www.coursera.org/course/learning. It looks awesome. Just like Barb. Here are the links to the studies Barb mentioned in the show: McCord, Joan. "A Thirty-Year Follow-up of Treatment Effects." American Psychologist 33, no. 3 (1978): 284. And here’s the link to the study on the virtually non-existent replication of research in education: Matthew Makel, Jonathan Plucker, “Facts Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences,” Educational Researcher, August 14, 2014. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X14545513 There’s also a very nice popular article discussion of Makel and Plucker’s study from Inside Higher Ed: “Failure to Replicate,” by Charlie Tyson
Oct 02 2014 · 1hr 1min
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45 Barb Oakley - The Science of Learning

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Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian novelists, was a man of strict routine. Every day, notes his biographer Claire Tomalin, Dickens would write from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After that, he would put his work away and go out for a long walk. Sometimes he walked as far as 30 miles; sometimes, he walked into the night. "If I couldn't walk fast and far, I should just explode and perish," Dickens wrote.
According to engineering professor Barbara Oakley, author of the new book A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), Dickens wasn't just a guy who knew how to keep himself healthy. Rather, his habits are indicative of someone who has figured out how to make his brain function at a very high level. And for this, Dickens' walks were just as important as his writing sessions. "That sort of downtime, when you're not thinking directly about what you're trying to learn, or figure out, or write about—that downtime is a time of subconscious processing that allows you [learn] better," explains Oakley on this week’s episode. We learn about her new book—and how you can train your brain to learn more efficiently.
This episode also features a short conversation with neuroscientist Lucina Uddin, author of a recent paper finding that autistic kids have less brain flexibility, as well as a discussion of recent research suggesting that musical ability is innate and that fist-bumps are far superior to handshakes as a greeting, assuming you don't want to spread germs.
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Jul 31 2014 · 54mins