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!

In the Garden of Beasts

Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Year In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson. We have read many books over the years about the rise and fall of the Third Reich (including Shirer’s definitive classic by that name).  But In the Garden of the Beasts is one of the be …

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The Great Upheaval

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Great Upheaval: Higher Education’s Past, Present, and Uncertain Future, by Arthur Levine and Scott J. Van Pelt. If you’re looking to understand the future of higher education, you couldn’t do better than to look at The Great Upheaval.  What makes this book so interesting …

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The Fire and the Darkness

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden 1945, by Sinclair McKay.  This riveting book held us spell-bound each evening over the past week—only when sleep called with urgency was Barb able to draw herself away.  It is hard to do justice to Dresden’s horrific bombing, …

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The End of Trauma

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Greetings from beautiful Dresden, Germany! Next, Barb heads to Poland to speak for the University of Zielona Góra on October 4th, and to the Bauhaus University Weimar to keynote for the Annual Meeting of the eTeach Network 2021 on October 8th. It’s exciting to see the latest trends in learnin …

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Seven Essentials for Business Success

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Seven Essentials for Business Success, by George Seidel. Since we aren’t in the world of business, we found Dr. Seidel’s description of the world of business education, and the philosophy of great professor-teachers in business, to be intriguing.  The discussion is filled wit …

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Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization, by Edward Slingerland.  We were a little taken aback at the title and topic of this book.  After all, drunkenness is not a state most of us aspire to—at least not most of the time—and alcoholism is a tremendo …

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Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World, by Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell. In keeping with our enthusiasm for alcoholic beverages and our own previous personal experiences with Marxism, we couldn’t help but be tickled by Lawson and Powell’ …

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Clean: The New Science of Skin

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Clean: The New Science of Skin, by James Hamblin.  Clean begins with a startling claim: author James Hamblin, a medical doctor, had stopped showering for five years and had given up as well on shampoo, conditioner, or soap, except on his hands.  With this unusual introduction …

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Uncommon Sense Teaching: The MOOC!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Today is a very special announcement—we have just launched the new Coursera MOOC Uncommon Sense Teaching!  This MOOC is ideal for instructors of all kinds: K12 teachers, professors, parents, business trainers, and instructional designers, as well as those who are simply interested in how we l …

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What will remain in teaching post-pandemic?

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! What will remain in teaching post-pandemic? Barb’s distinguished friend, MOOC maven Shigeru Miyagawa, Professor of Linguistics at MIT has given a fascinating and thought-provoking brief talk for Kent University’s lightning talk series on what influences the pandemic will leave in its wake whe …

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