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 the Uncommon Sense Teaching Specialization!

Special Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! If you’ve been wondering why our Cheery Friday emails have been a bit sparse lately, you need wonder no further!  This is a very special greetings. Today, we announce the launch of our final MOOC Teaching Online, which completes the full Uncommon Sense Teaching Specialization. Hurray! We s …

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In Love with the World

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Hello from Abu Dhabi! Barb will be spending the week here keynoting and sharing during the professional development week at visionary—and swiftly climbing in the international rankings!—Khalifa University. Book of the Month In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living …

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Waking Up

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, by Sam Harris.  This book is meant to be a common sense guide to finding spirituality without necessarily springboarding from a religious tradition. In Harris’s hands, we gain a clearer understanding of mindfulness. “It is …

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Flicker: Your Brain on Movies

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Month Flicker: Your Brain on Movies, by Jeffrey Zacks.  We have no idea how this magnificent book slipped under our radar when it was first published in 2014, but it’s a doozy!  Zacks is a renowned neuroscientist, but he also loves movies. The result let’s us peer into Zack’s lif …

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Ten Fallacies that Make Founders Fail

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Month The San Francisco Fallacy: The Ten Fallacies That Make Founders Fail, Jonathan Siegel. Many books on entrepreneurship tell you what to look for, and what to look out for.  But they don’t focus on the failures—and how those failures can eventually lead to success.  Siegel’s …

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Distributed Classroom

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week The Distributed Classroom, by David Joyner and Charles Isbell. Online teaching has a sometimes confusing welter of terminology. Common buzz words include synchronous, asynchronous, remote, flipped, hybrid (blended), and hyflex. (This article provides a quick overview of what …

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iDoRecall

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! A new video on Learning How to Learn! Barb has just made a new video for Learning How to Learners on how to easily create flashcards for retrieval practice while you are in Learning How to Learn—or in any Coursera course.  Check the video out here. (You may need to reset the deadlines for Lea …

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After the Romanovs – Red Notice

Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week, we will digress to discuss how important learning is when it comes to international politics and war.  Let us begin with the book After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War by Helen Rappaport. As Barb was learning Russian back in the 1970s …

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The Brain in Search of Itself

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month The Brain in Search of Itself: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Story of the Neuron, by Benjamin Ehrlich.  What a magnificent book!  Longtime fans of Learning How to Learn know that we’re in turn longtime fans of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience.  As a …

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Journey of the Mind

Cheery Friday Greetings (from Bucharest!) to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Journey of the Mind: How Thinking Emerged from Chaos, by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam. This engrossing book provides a step-by-step understanding of how consciousness, language, self-awareness, and civilization itself arose. What’s unique about this book is its …

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