Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Aug 26, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Week

This week, we’ve been having a blast reading about our body’s other “brain”—which, you might be surprised to learn, is in our gut. Over the years, we ourselves have learned to tune in to our gut when we’re making decisions—if there’s a little bit of an “off” feeling down below, we tend to rethink our plans.

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, by Giulia Enders, is a fun and insightful book—and worldwide bestseller—with all sorts of information about why we really do, in some cases, think with our gut. The sketches by Giulia’s sister Jill Enders give nice “diffuse” breaks while you’re reading. (Okay, and we also enjoyed the potty humor. 🙂 ) Giulia is studying medicine at the Institute for Microbiology in Frankfurt—we think she’s a regular up-and-coming Oliver Sachs and Michael Crichton, some of our other favorite doctor-writers. (Hat tip, Arnim Rodeck.)

MOOC of the week

We’ve heard great things about the the Coursera MOOC Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop, taught by Douglas Kearney of the California Institute of the Arts. It is, by all accounts, not only insightful, but one of the funniest MOOCs around.

Hindi Translation of LHTL: लर्निंग हाउ तो लर्न इन हिंदी

Hindi speaking volunteers are welcome to join Ashok’s efforts to launch the Hindi version of LHTL course. If you are passionate about helping others please find the details on this thread to get in touch with Ashok. (Make sure you are logged into before clicking on the forum thread.) Ashok says “the people who will benefit from your efforts will forever be thankful for bringing some really good information from research into their language.” Ashok is co-founder of QOS Technology, a cyber security firm based out in Bangalore, India. He strongly believes that knowledge should be available to everyone and language should not be a barrier in pursuing world-class courses.

Learning How to Learn – in Amharic (Amarinya) – “የመማርን መንገዶች ወይም ዘዴዎች ማወቅ” በአማርኛ

Our new Amharic Language Lead, Marta Pulley is inviting Amharic speaking volunteers to help translate Learning How to Learn into Amharic. This is an exciting, challenging, and a rewarding opportunity. If interested, please read the details here. Marta is passionate about education; which has been her primary reason for immigrating to the United States. She is currently the Online Learning Specialist at Essex County College in New Jersey. Marta has long served as a Mentor for Learning How to Learn—Barb was lucky enough to have dinner with her during her travels. Marta’s quite amazing!

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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