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!

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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The Swerve

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt. One of the things we love about reading is that it allows us to discover how much we don’t know.  We had no clue, for example, about how the works of ancient Roman writers were able to make their way through two …

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A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins. Hawkins is a neuroscientist as well as one of the most successful and highly regarded computer architects in Silicon Valley. Some of his scientific papers have become the most downloaded and cited papers in th …

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Course Hero’s Education Summit

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Course Hero’s Education Summit As you may know, we’re huge fans of Course Hero and its ability to help level the playing field for students.  (Barb still remembers flunking a test during her undergraduate engineering studies because she wasn’t in the elite clique with access to old tests that …

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Churchill & Son

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Churchill & Son, by Josh Ireland. Reaching the end of a fantastic book like Churchill & Son is bittersweet. There’s a feeling of satisfaction with the closure, but that satisfaction is mixed with the sad knowledge that you will not be able to return and spend more ti …

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Teach for Attention!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Teach for Attention! A Tool Belt of Strategies for Engaging Students with Attention Challenges, by Ezra Werb. This brief, easy-to-read book provides “from the trenches” teaching strategies for students with ADHD, low self-confidence, distraction, and other attention challenge …

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