Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Barb in Brazil!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week: Great Ideas for Pursuing a Masters Degree Online! When some of the most prestigious business schools in the world began providing free versions of their courses online, Laurie Pickard (whose terrific ideas Barb featured in her latest book, Mindshift) saw an opportunity to ge …

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Red Notice

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month It can sometimes be important to step back and look at society’s impact on how we learn and grow.  Bill Browder’s magnificent best-seller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice tells the story of the impact of highest level corrupti …

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The Ostrich and the Trend

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Extraordinary Book Deal BookBub is running a fantastic deal on the electronic version of A Mind for Numbers (the supplemental course book)  This is a one-time-only offer for $1.99 running only through November 4th.  If you’ve been planning to get an electronic copy of A Mind for Numbers, now …

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Random thoughts on history, feeling stuck, and creativity

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we’re into history and biography.  We’ve been reading (click here for more–including a picture of Barb with Santiago Ramony y Cajal’s death mask….) Finding Truth in History In keeping with this week’s historical motif, here’s a posting from the ever-thoughtful Far …

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Breaking News on Barb & Terry’s Next Project

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! The Times of London breaks the story of Barb & Terry’s next project Journalist Eleanor Busby of the Times Educational Supplement has presciently captured the learning surprise coming out from Barb, Terry, and their co-author Al McConville next August. If you are a parent, teacher, or scho …

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Thomas Frank’s videos on learning

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! How to Do Homework Fast We’re fans of Thomas Frank’s videos—and not just because he occasionally mentions Barb’s book A Mind for Numbers.  Here’s a smart, fast-moving, video from Thomas that gives a lot of great tips on getting homework done smartly.  [Hat tip, LHTLer Kristófer.] How to Effic …

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Great new blog on how to succeed at online courses

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Great New Blog on How to Succeed at Online Courses Pat Bowden is a “super-MOOCer” who has completed over 80 MOOCs.  We highly recommend her blog Online Learning Success: How to succeed at online courses for interest or to benefit your career. Pat recently completed a nice review of Learning H …

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Deep Thinking

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This past week, we read two contrasting books on the impact of artificial intelligence and the digital world. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, by Franklin Foer. The central idea of this book is that Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple have become perni …

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Surprise viral video inspired by Learning How to Learn!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we recommend Robert Sutton’s new book The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.  (Sutton did his own Audible version.) Everyone will encounter, or even occasionally themselves become, a toxic person sooner or later. Sutton provide …

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The Soul of an Octopus

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week Maybe it’s just the excitement of fall that has our literary enthusiasm going, but this week we bounced back and forth between two dramatically different books just for the fun of it. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Mo …

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