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!

Launch of Mindshift, the MOOC!

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! MOOC of the Month! At long last, our new MOOC Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential opens on Monday, April 10th! Barb & Terry are back as instructors to show you how to leverage the results of science to learn, grow, and change. We sometimes put …

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Seeing through photographs

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Our emphasis this week is on photographs, so along those lines, we recommend Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera.  Veteran photographer Bryan Peterson “explains the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact wit …

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Eyes Wide Open

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Eyes Wide Open We had the good fortune to read Isaac Lidsky’s Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly. Isaac was a child star, “Weasel,” on the television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class. He went on to graduate from Harvard …

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Three books about break-through entrepreneurs

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the week This week, we’d like to contrast three books about break-through entrepreneurs.  Reading these books can help you think more boldly about your own life and what you would like to accomplish, whether you want to start a global business or simply have a happy family life. Here …

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What Barb Wishes All Employers (and Employees) Knew About Online Learning

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! What Barb Wishes All Employers (and Employees) Knew About Online Learning Here’s a brilliant article—a featured article on Coursera’s blog—titled “What One of Coursera’s Most Popular Instructors Wishes All Employers Knew About Online Learning.” Writer Lee Price managed to synthesize Barb’s ra …

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A terrific new math program for kids—Smartick

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week As you know, we’re big fans of biographies. And we’ve got an exceptional one to tout: Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff. Great biographies give a sense of what might have been happening behind the scenes in important times in history. While giving a sense of the person, the …

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Big Magic/MOOC Job/LHTL in French/Procrastination

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We’ve already got the month’s best book lined up for you: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. This is a #1 New York Times best seller by Elizabeth Gilbert—yes, that Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and In …

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Book of the month—the extraordinary When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Our book of the month this month is the extraordinary When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures, by Richard D. Lewis.  Lewis is a polymath who speaks 10 European and 2 Asiatic languages. He has worked with many of the world’s leading industrial and financial companies t …

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Important New MOOC on Hong Kong Cinema Jan 20, 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s book recommendation is The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time, by Maria Konnikova. No matter how tough and smart you think you are, there are ways that grifters and swindlers can slip past your defenses and hurt you. This book provides insight by …

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Worst traits as best traits… Barb in Dearborn, Michigan! Jan 6, 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!  Book of the Week Italian Lead Cristian Artoni is back with a strong book suggestion for Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein’s book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness. We like this book because it acknowledges that those doing the nudging can be imperfect—meaning …

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