Great new blog on how to succeed at online courses

28th September 2017

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Great New Blog on How to Succeed at Online Courses

Pat Bowden is a “super-MOOCer” who has completed over 80 MOOCs.  We highly recommend her blog Online Learning Success: How to succeed at online courses for interest or to benefit your career. Pat recently completed a nice review of Learning How to Learn—but we would have wanted to feature her blog in any case! Incidentally, we featured Pat’s insights in our MOOC Mindshift.

Tips on How to Create a Memory Palace

Four Time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis Back with another strikingly useful video—this one’s on how to create memory palaces.  Even we learned some good ideas by watching this short, fun, idea-packed video.   (If you would like to join Nelson in helping to support research on memory, please take the Extreme Memory Challenge.)

A Kickstarter Campaign to Design a Language Learning App to Replace Anki

Gabriel Wyner is the author of one of our favorite books on language learning, Fluent Forever. He has a begun a kickstarter campaign for a learning app designed to replace Anki.  It is the most successful launch of an app in Kickstarter history.  Truth be told, it looks spectacular!  Check it out—your support will mean that Gabriel can add additional languages.  

Learn a Language While You Exercise?

Here’s an intriguing article by Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times. Research hints that physical exercise while you are learning a second language may help ease the process.

How to: The Art of Memorisation and the Power of Spaced Repetition

Arthur Worsley is back with an in-depth article on the benefits of taking time each day to memorize something new and the power of mnemonics and spaced repetition. He also shares some practical tips on when to use these techniques and how to effectively apply them to everything from languages to philosophy.

How Neuroscience Beats Powerpoint Coma

Here’s a wonderful article we stumbled across that gives insight from neuroscience into how to create Powerpoint presentations.  The “Jared Cooney Horvat” referred to in the article is the same one who led the editing of the terrific book From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Translating Science of Learning for Teachers. We’ve mentioned this book before as providing a first-rate overview of what we know from research about how to teach so that university, as well as K-12 level students, really learn.

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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