Past Events

MOOCs Are Like Dating—Classes Are Like Marriage: Lessons from Teaching the World’s Largest MOOC, Graduate School of Informatics and the International Research Unit of Advanced Future Studies, Kyoto University

On 14th June 2017 at Kyoto, Japan

Visiting Scholar, June 1-30, 2017.

On 1st June 2017 at International Research Unit of Advanced Future Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Opening Keynote, Florida Literacy Conference

On 10th May 2017 at South Seas Island Resort, Captiva, Fl

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Santa Fe Institute Colloquia Series

On 2nd May 2017 at Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

McGill University

On 24th March 2017 at Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Keynote presentation for “Activate Learning: New Strategies for Chemistry Education Today,” Cengage Learning

On 25th February 2017 at Austin, TX at the Sheraton Austin Capital,

Barbara Oakley: “A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science – and Anything Else You Study,” University of Michigan – Dearborn, January 25, 2017.

On 25th January 2017 at Dearborn, Michigan, USA

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“Revolutionizing Corporate Learning,” Association for Talent Development-Coursera webinar, January 4th, 2017

On 4th January 2017 at Register Online

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Improving your “in-person” teaching in a competitive online world

On 24th December 2016 at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City, Guatemala

MOOCs Are Like Dating—Classes Are Like Marriage. Lessons from Teaching the World’s Largest MOOC

On 5th December 2016 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Speaking on teaching and learning

On 25th November 2016 at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Learning for rural teachers

On 22nd November 2016 at Starfish School for Girls, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Antigua 10X Festival

On 18th November 2016 at Antigua, Guatemala

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DevLearn

On 16th November 2016 at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Opening keynote, University of Nebraska Extension Conference

On 8th November 2016 at Kearney, Nebraska USA

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Learning, and using active learning in the classroom

On 7th November 2016 at University of Nebraska East Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska USA

Morning talks on teaching and learning

On 4th November 2016 at Pikes Peak Community College

US Air Force Academy

On 3rd November 2016 at Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Day long series of workshops on learning and teaching

On 19th October 2016 at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Speaker, Learning Technologies Symposium, 2016

On 18th October 2016 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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The Michigan chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers (MIAAPT)

On 15th October 2016 at Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, USA

Chief Judge and Guest speaker/Keynote Speaker Premium Teaching Award Ceremony and Workshop

On 6th October 2016 at University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica

Keynote, Improvement through Self-Reflection and other talks, Ivy Tech Bloomington Faculty Professional Development Conference

On 12th August 2016 at Ivy Tech Bloomington, Indiana USA

Opening keynote speaker, EMBS ISC 2016

On 29th May 2016 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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Keynote, Liberating Leaders Conference

On 25th May 2016 at Bedales School, Petersfield, Hampshire UK

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Keynote presentation for the Association of Chief Executive Officers

On 14th May 2016 at Athens, Greece

Opening keynote speaker, Maryland Association for Adult, Community and Continuing Education,

On 12th May 2016 at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA

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Talks on learning and online learning, May 5, 6, 7 and 10, 2016, commemorating the 25th anniversary of COLFUTURO

On 5th May 2016 at Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia

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Opening keynote speaker, Enriching Scholarship Conference

On 2nd May 2016 at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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Opening keynote speaker, International Conference on MOOCs

On 22nd April 2016 at Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan

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Talks about learning, University of Connecticut

On 17th April 2016 at Hartford, Connecticut

Opening keynote speaker, On Course National Conference

On 8th April 2016 at Orange County, CA

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“Lessons from a Basement Studio: How to Make Riveting Online Courses”

On 8th March 2016 at Neumann University Faculty Showcase, online webinar

Closing keynote: “Why Teaching Online Matters,” Coursera Annual Conference

On 5th March 2016 at The Hague, Netherlands

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Keynote speaker, 2016 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference

On 5th March 2016 at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

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Webinar, American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)

On 18th February 2016 at Online

Keynote speaker, Learning Technologies Conference

On 4th February 2016 at Olympia, London, United Kingdom

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Opening keynote speaker, Courage to Risk Conference

On 22nd January 2016 at Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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Various talks, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, January 18-19

On 18th January 2016 at Guatemala City, Guatemala

Keynote speaker on learning and online learning for the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME)

On 26th November 2015 at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Keynote Speaker at the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) conference

On 20th November 2015 at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

“Shaping Careers and Learning – 21st Century Skills – how to stay resilient in the face of a changing economy,” Singapore Workforce Development Agency Professionals, Managers, and Executives Event

On 3rd November 2015 at Singapore

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“Shaping Careers and Learning – Trends in learning & development and insights on productivity,” Singapore Workforce Development Agency Human Resources Event

On 3rd November 2015 at Singapore

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“Unlocking the 21st Century Learning Code,” Learning Event for Parents

On 1st November 2015 at Singapore

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Keynote, 21st Century Learning – Education Breakthrough Conference 2015

On 31st October 2015 at Jakarta, Indonesia

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“Learning How to Learn,” Baidu Headquarters

On 23rd October 2015 at Beijing, China

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Center for Education & Innovation (CEI) Inaugural Keynote

On 20th October 2015 at Hong Kong

Keynote speaker, “An Extraordinary Opportunity,” Coursera Asia Regional Workshop

On 17th October 2015 at Hong Kong

“Learning How to Learn,” IEEE Conference

On 28th August 2015 at Milan, Italy

Talks on learning and teaching, Student/Academic Affairs vision-planning retreat, Eastern Michigan University

On 4th August 2015 at Ypsilanti, Michigan

U. S. News & World Report national leadership summit for STEM education and workforce development

On 1st July 2015 at Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

“Lessons from a basement studio,” University of California, Los Angeles

On 25th June 2015 at Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Keynote speaker, INNOVATE 2015, “Innovation in Learning: An Animal Sciences Curriculum for the 21st Century”

On 31st May 2015 at Braselton, Georgia

“Human Nature and Philanthropy,” Spark Forum, The Philanthropic Enterprise

On 21st May 2015 at Charlotte, North Carolina

“Learning in STEM,” Charlotte Area Science Network

On 21st May 2015 at Charlotte, North Carolina

Keynote speaker, Western Region Education Service Alliance

On 19th May 2015 at Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Workshop with Barbara Oakley—How to Make a Riveting Online Class, Harvard University

On 6th May 2015 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Special presentation for Hitchwood Capital Management LP

On 5th May 2015 at New York, New York, USA

Naval Postgraduate School

On 1st May 2015 at Monterey, California

Defense Language Institute

On 1st May 2015 at Monterey, California

“Overcoming the Pain in Your Brain,” UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative Symposium, University of California, Los Angeles

On 30th April 2015 at Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Keynote Speaker, Center for Distance Learning Conference, Empire State College, SUNY

On 15th April 2015 at Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

Ruth S. Ammon Endowed Lecture in Education, Adelphi University

On 31st March 2015 at Long Island, New York

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Keynote and workshops, Hope College

On 30th March 2015 at Hope, Michigan

Closing speaker for the “All in the Mind” Teaching and Learning Conference, Berkhamsted School

On 21st March 2015 at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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Talk on learning, University of Warwick

On 13th March 2015 at Coventry, United Kingdom

Coursera Partners Conference 2015

On 2nd March 2015 at Newport Beach, California

–  Quantifying a ‘Sticky’ MOOC with High Retention and Activity Levels
–  Promoting Your MOOC: Going Beyond the ‘If You Build It, They Will Come’ Mentality

“Making Lasting Memories and Life-Long Learning,” Co-sponsored by the Stanford School of Education, UC Berkeley and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

On 13th February 2015 at San Francisco, California, USA

–  “A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science – and Anything Else You Study” Friday, February 13, 2015 4:15–5:30 PM
“Lessons From a Basement Studio on How to Make—and Use—a ‘Sticky’ Online Course to Enhance Student Learning” Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:30–9:45 AM

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“The Making of a Sticky MOOC,” Coursera

On 11th February 2015 at Mountain View, California, USA

Authors at Google

On 10th February 2015 at Mountain View, California, USA

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Keynote to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Academic Achievement Center, University of Connecticut

On 5th February 2015 at Hartford, CT

Remote Keynote for the conference “Mathematics education in high school: challenges and progress,” National Autonomous University of Mexico through the Ministry of Institutional Development, the SUMEM (University Seminar for the Improvement of Mathematics Education)

On 5th November 2014 at Mexico City, Mexico (Remote link)

Keynote, IEEE EMBS International Student Conference

On 3rd November 2014 at Concepcion, Chile

“Learning How to Learn” Online Learning Consortium International Conference

On 31st October 2014 at Orlando, Florida

“The Future of Education and the Role of MOOCs,” Presentation for Leadership Macomb

On 15th October 2014 at Clinton Township, Michigan

Keynote Speaker, Teaching and Learning Collective’s Speaker Series and Conference, Oct 1-3, Central Michigan University

On 1st October 2014 at Mt Pleasant, Michigan

  –  Mind for Numbers Student Workshop. UC Auditorium 12:30-1:45 pm.
–  STEM and Women: What Does it Take to Succeed in College and Careers? UC Auditorium 12:30-2:00 pm.
–  Learning How to Learn: Insights From Neuroscience (and Zombies!) Plachta Auditorium 7:30-8:30 pm.
–  Teaching Quantitative Reasoning: A Conversation With Faculty UC Terrace Rooms 9:00 -10:30 am.

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Women’s City Club

On 25th September 2014 at Grand Rapids, Michigan

Finlandia University

On 11th September 2014 at Hancock, Michigan

Keynote for 1,100 incoming freshman class on learning, Michigan Technological University

On 10th September 2014 at Houghton, Michigan

Half day workshop on learning, IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference

On 26th August 2014 at Chicago, Illinois, USA

2 hour workshop for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) K-12 Workshop Series “Getting into Engineering Habits of Mind,” ASEE Annual Conference

On 14th June 2014 at Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

TED Talk

On 15th March 2014 at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA

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Talk on Learning about Learning for the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project

On 1st March 2014 at Santa Cruz, California, USA

San Jose State University

On 28th February 2014 at San Jose, California

“High Impact Practices: Creating a Culture of Success Student Success Conference”

On 5th February 2014 at Troy, Michigan

Talk on learning for eBay Headquarters

On 13th July 2013 at Silicon Valley, California, USA

Temporal Dynamics Learning Center, University of California, San Diego

On 12th March 2013 at San Diego, California

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Salk Institute for Biological Studies

On 11th March 2013 at San Diego, California

National Academy of Sciences Colloquium, Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences

On 12th January 2013 at Irvine, California

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Keynote speaker, Utah Children’s Justice Symposium

On 14th May 2012 at Midway, UT

Evolution in Biology, the Human Sciences, and the Humanities Conference, University of Missouri

On 23rd January 2012 at St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Invited talk at The University of Michigan for the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program (EHAP) and the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD)at the Institute for Social Research

On 23rd January 2012 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Invited talk, Yale University, Institute for Social and Policy Studies

On 12th October 2011 at New Haven, CT

Convocation speech for Stephens College

On 1st September 2011 at Columbia, Missouri

Secular Humanist Association of New York, at the Community Church of New York

On 11th August 2011 at New York, New York, USA

Grand Valley State University, Evolution for Everyone Series

On 25th March 2011 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Lawrence Technological University, Life Sciences Seminar Series

On 1st February 2011 at Southfield, Michigan, USA

University of Nevada

On 22nd October 2010 at Las Vegas, Nevada

Bowling Green State University

On 8th April 2010 at Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

On 10th February 2010 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hamilton Medical-Legal Society

On 8th October 2009 at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The San Francisco Writer’s Grotto

On 22nd May 2009 at San Francisco, California, USA

Emeritus College (a program of Diablo Valley College)

On 21st May 2009 at Walnut Creek, California, USA

California Institute of Technology

On 17th May 2009 at Pasedena, California, USA

Faulkner Gallery, Central Public Library

On 16th May 2009 at Santa Barbara, California, USA

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

On 6th April 2009 at Butte, Montana, USA

Contact: Cultures of the Imagination Conference, NASA Ames Research Center

On 4th April 2009 at Moffett Field, California, USA

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Four Points by Sheraton

On 28th March 2009 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Michigan State University

On 26th March 2009 at Lansing, Michigan, USA

Reedley Peace Center Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church

On 20th March 2009 at Reedley, California, USA

Reedley College

On 19th March 2009 at Reedley, California, USA

Center for Inquiry

On 26th February 2009 at Washington, DC

Church of the Heavenly Rest

On 25th February 2009 at New York, New York, USA

Marymount Manhattan College

On 24th February 2009 at New York, New York, USA

Cobleskill University, SUNY

On 23rd February 2009 at Cobleskill, New York

Case Western Reserve University

On 12th November 2008 at Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Binghamton University, kick off lecture for the EvoS seminar serie

On 5th September 2008 at Binghamton, New York

Steve Allen Theater, Center for Inquiry

On 29th June 2008 at Los Angeles, California, USA

World Affairs Council Auditorium

On 27th June 2008 at San Francisco, California, USA

Barnes & Noble, (Filmed by Book TV)

On 24th June 2008 at Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA

The Half King Pub in Chelsea

On 2nd June 2008 at New York, New York, USA

Duke University

On 5th April 2008 at Durham, North Carolina, USA

Arkansas Literary Festival

On 5th April 2008 at Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

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As the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning, McMaster University, Dr. Oakley speaks around the world. She has given invited talks and keynotes at venues as varied as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Post Graduate Institute, Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley, Baidu Headquarters in Beijing, and for Hitchwood Capital Management LP in Manhattan. She has appeared on shows ranging from Ira Flatow’s NPR Science Friday to Bloomberg News. Her op-eds have appeared in such publications as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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