Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Aug 12, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Month

We’re going to switch things up today and start our email with a fantastic book we’ve just finished: The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance, by Josh Waitzkin. Waitzkin is a world champion chess and martial arts expert–his book provides a fantastic description of the commonalities of many seemingly different types of learning. Josh is a wonderful writer with a wealth of telling stories–his book is hard to put down. Good writing seems to run in the family: Josh’s father wrote Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess, which we greatly enjoyed when it first came out. Josh’s experiences reinforce the importance of chunking, which is also emphasized by “expert on expertise” Anders Ericsson–see Ericsson’s excellent book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, which was another recent top pick for us on Learning How to Learn. (And yes, in case you’re counting, we’ve got two books of the month this month, what with last week’s terrific Soft-Wired.)

Class Central, Learning Languages, and Moving to the Top!

We’re happy to report that Class Central, that terrific MOOC analysis and search site, has become the #1 site for discovering online learning resources according to Alexa. This is good news because it means that MOOCs are of increasing importance. Check out Class Central’s listings–they’re particularly valuable when you want to know what other people think is the best class on any particular subject. You might be especially interested to see Class Central’s extensive listings of MOOCs to learn different languages. And speaking of language…

Learning How to Learn Is Growing Worldwide!

We hope you’ll forgive us this week–there is a LOT of activity in bringing Learning How to Learn to many new languages. Below are calls for speakers of Greek, Turkish, Igbo, Hungarian, and Tamil (a bad link there last week, sorry!). It’s really getting exciting in Learning How to Learn!

Learning How to Learn in Greek – Πρόσκληση για μετάφραση του μαθήματος στα Ελληνικά.

Markos Dallas recently joined the Global Translator Community (GTC), which is the community of Coursera learners and translators. Markos is the Greek Lead of Learning How to Learn–he is a school teacher with a MSc in Mathematics Education and he is extraordinarily interested in spreading knowledge and spearheading innovative projects. If you would like to join in the Greek translation team, please post in the discussion forum. Markos says “Η γνώση πρέπει να διαδίδεται. Όμως, ο τρόπος κατανόησης και αξιοποίησης της γνώσης είναι προσωπική υπόθεση. Όποιος-α επιθυμεί να βοηθήσει στη μετάφραση του μαθήματος στην ελληνική γλώσσα, μπορεί να γίνει μέλος της ελληνικής μεταφραστικής ομάδας”.

Learning How to Learn in Turkish: Öğrenmeyi Öğrenmek Türkçe’de

Yağmur is the Turkish Lead of Learning How to Learn. She is research assistant in Counseling Psychology in Yildiz Technical University and PhD student. She loves sharing knowledge, being member of global projects and working in various cultural communities. If you want to be a part of Turkish translation team, please post in the discussion forum here. Yağmur says: “Herkese merhaba, Öğrenmeyi Öğrenmek çevrimiçi kursunu Türkçe’ye çevirme amacıyla oluşturulan bu grupta dersi Türkçe’ye çevirerek katkı yapmak isterseniz grubumuza katılabilirsiniz. Bu dersi Türkçe’ye çevirerek, öğrenme stratejilerini öğrenmek isteyen kişilere yardımcı olabiliriz.”

Learning How to Learn in the Igbo Language–Ịmụta Otú Mụta

Benjaminbenedict is the Igbo Language lead of learning how to learn. He is the Chief Knowledge Worker of Knowledge Centre Africa and at present is rounding off yet another graduate programme at the University of Skovde, Sweden. He is a happy person who loves to share and manage knowledge. All Igbo language lovers can join him here to translate LHTL into Igbo Language. He has also created an Igbo Learning How to Learn Facebook page.

Benjaminbenedict bu onye isi ndi n` edeghari usoro nmuta ihe omumu otu esi amuta ihe. Obu ichie oru amamihe nke ulo oru amamihe obodo Afrika nurukwa na agu akwukwo ozo nke ukwuu na mahadum Skovde nke di na obodo Sweden. Obu onye na enwe obi anuri, nwe kwaa ihunanya n´ihe gbasara amamihe. Ndi nile huru asusu Igbo n´anya nwere ike soro ya na ndi otu ya mee ka ihe ndeghari a nwee isi na ebe a.

Learning How to Learn in Hungarian – Segíts, hogy a “Tanulj meg tanulni!” kurzus magyarul is elérhető legyen

Hungarian speaking volunteers are welcome to join Orsi Meleg’s efforts to launch the Hungarian version of the course. If you are up for the challenge, please read the details in this thread to apply. Orsi has just joined the translation team as Hungarian Lead. She is an economist and has a great passion for social innovation, particularly in the field of education. Currently she is travelling in Asia and volunteering as an English teacher in rural areas.

Learning How To Learn In Tamil – கற்பது எவ்வாறு என கற்போம் – தமிழாக்கம் செய்யும் வாய்ப்பு

Our apologies–last week’s link to the Tamil forum being led by Mahendran Raiyah, was incorrect. Here’s the correct link to the forum–please join in if you’d like to volunteer to help translate Learning How to Learn into Tamil!

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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