Barb in Brazil!

10th November 2017

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 get the business education she had long desired, at a fraction of the typical MBA price tag.  Laurie launched a blog site to document her MOOC MBA journey. quickly attracted attention from prospective business students and the media alike. Laurie’s terrific new book Don’t Pay For Your MBA, teaches readers how to put together a career-launching business education using massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other free and low-cost resources. Don’t miss this one! Even if you are interested in something other than an MBA, Laurie’s book will give you great ideas for putting together a program that’s right for you.

Barb in São Paulo, Brazil!

  • Barb will be doing a live interview on Facebook today at 4:00 pm Brazilian (1:00 pm Eastern)  time.  
  • Next Monday, November 13, at 2 pm Brazilian (11:00 am Eastern) time, she will be giving a lecture that is open to the public, at Rua da Reitoria, 374. Sala do Conselho Universitário – USP. São Paulo-SP. (See here for more information.  The video feed is here.) Barb will try to be there early and stay late in order to meet and mingle with you!
  • Next Tuesday, November 14, Barb will give a MOOC building workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Rua da Reitoria, 374. Sala do Conselho Universitário – USP. São Paulo-SP. (The video feed is here.) All are welcome!

How to Memorize Script Lines Instantly

Here’s another great video from 4 time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis–this one is how to memorize scripts instantly. (If you would like to join Nelson in helping to support research on memory, please take the Extreme Memory Challenge.)

Barb doesn’t have that good a memory–if asked to remember a list of ten contributing factors of the American Revolution or certain precise steps which a professor demanded be used to solve a problem, she just couldn’t do it. She used a variation of this technique to help, and it worked wonders!

A Salty Taste from Kissing a Baby Changes an Entire Career–and Perhaps a Discipline

Here’s an extraordinary story of career change that has deep personal meaning for us–Terry knows all the key players.  So if you are thinking about a career change, remember that with the right preparation, it is doable, no matter that it may look difficult at first.  (And check out our MOOC Mindshift.)

Change Your Desk, Change Your Life?

This article by Valerie Bishara on Evernote explores what we know from research about the effects of a clean or messy desk on creativity and other life issues, such as healthy eating. It seems to us that we go through cycles.  When we’re on deadline, wrapping up a project, things can fall into disarray for months at a time.  But once the project is wrapped, we sometimes get into a bit of a cleaning tizzy, a la Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s amazing how nice things can look after a few weeks of one Pomodoro a day of tidying!

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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