Surprise viral video inspired by Learning How to Learn!

11th September 2017

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Week

This week, we recommend Robert Sutton’s new book The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.  (Sutton did his own Audible version.) Everyone will encounter, or even occasionally themselves become, a toxic person sooner or later. Sutton provides excellent guidance about how to get past it: there is hope.  This book is a good follow-up to Sutton’s The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, which we read and admired when first came out a decade ago.

Barb’s first neuro-based book, incidentally, was the critically-acclaimed, tongue-in-cheek titled Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend.  She’s done her homework on nasty people!

This leads us to:

The Dark Side of Empathy

In this Inc. interview, Barb discusses how empathy can be a double-edged sword.  It’s certainly not the uniformly benign emotion we often imagine it to be.  Also, see Barb’s books Pathological Altruism (a heavy academic tome from Oxford University Press that earned a great write-up in the New York Times), and Cold-Blooded Kindness (a popular “killer thriller”).

Barb in Madrid speaking at the IE University with legendary neuroscientist Prof. Javier de Felipe

If you are going to be anywhere near Madrid near the end of this month, don’t miss Barb’s open-to-the-public event in Madrid on the 27th of September at 18:30 pm at IE University.  You can register here. This event will be extraordinary because Barb will also be handing the stage over to legendary Spanish neuroscientist Javier de Felipe, who is also one of the world’s greatest experts on Santiago Ramón y Cajal.  Come early—Barb would love to meet you!

The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

You will enjoy this outstanding article by Amy Wang and Allison Schrager in Quartz about the latest trends in MOOCs and how they are shifting the academic paradigm.  It’s a statistical truism to say that half of all professors are below average, and sometimes even average isn’t that good.  As the article describes, a well-designed MOOC with a great instructor gives students a personalized learning experience that is in many ways far better than they would receive in a typical overcrowded college setting. As this article reveals, there are a lot of positives ahead for students due to online advancements!

For Online College Programs, Google Is Kingmaker

This well-researched article by Jeffrey Young in EdSurge provides insight into a little-known aspect of the online world: advertising costs.  Southern New Hampshire University, for example, spent nearly $40 million in 2015 to promote their programs.  Google is a big beneficiary of monies spent to advertise online programs; prestigious universities have a natural leg up on the search rankings. (Now this is great ed-tech journalism!)

Turning Student Groups into Effective Teams

This paper on turning student groups into effective teams is one of Barb’s most popular.  Part of the reason, as explained in this article by Anne Jolly about effective team building in middle school, is that the ideas are useful in a K-12 setting as well as at a university.  Incidentally, Barb’s co-authors on the paper, Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent, wrote the outstanding book: Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide.  Richard and Rebecca have had more influence than any other educators on Barb’s ability to teach.  If you want to learn more about teaching effectively and efficiently in STEM, you couldn’t do better than to buy this great book.

A Surprise Viral VideoBecause of Learning How to Learn!

Here is a terrific article by journalist Martha Perkins of the Vancouver Courier. Martha started her career on a manual typewriter.  But inspired by Learning How to Learn, at age 54, she decided to learn how to produce videoher resulting “Blob of Lost Lagoon” went viral. 

Unconventional Thinkers

Kulwant Saluja runs an interesting podcast with unconventional thinkers. Once Kulwant and Barb got to talking, they quickly veered off in unconventional directions.  Enjoy!

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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