Tiger Woods

12th January 2023

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Month

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict  and Armen Keteyian

We are major fans of biographiesthis is our favorite genre, so when we say that Tiger Woods is one of the best biographies we’ve ever read, it also means it’s one of the best books we’ve ever read.  (That’s really saying something, since we knew nothing about golf going into the book.)  From its opening pages at the scene of Tigers’ very public car wreck, and working backwards through his implosive career arc, Tiger Woods is a book that’s virtually impossible to put down. It’s hard to believe the authors could bring such great insight when they weren’t even able to interview their subject, but if anything, the book is probably even better for its dispassionate ability to delve into the thick of Woods’ increasingly aberrant life.  For parents, Tiger Woods provides a wonderful instructional manual on how not to raise your kids.  A must-read.

Live Panel Discussion with BarbWhat Did the World Learn on Coursera in 2022?  

Join all-star instructors and industry experts Andrew Ng (Machine Learning), Barb Oakley (Learning How to Learn), and Charles Severance (Programming for Everybody) for a live panel discussion moderated by Shravan Goli, Coursera’s Chief Operating Officer. Tue, Jan 17, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM US Eastern time!

Medical and nursing school studentsand their teaching institutionsfocus on improved learning

Lecturio provides courses for medical and nursing schools and their students around the world.  Barb worked with cardio-thoracic surgeon Peter Horneffer at Lecturio’s home studios in Leipzig to create the Durable Learning Course for medical and nursing school students to help them learn how to learn in the intense field of medicine.  Check it out!  And if you are with a medical school and are interested in tapping into Lecturio’s awesome body of health science courses, reach out to durable.learning@lecturio.com.  

Podcast with Paul Fenner, President & Founder of TAMMA Capital (and father of triplets plus one!)

TAMMA Capital founder and president Paul Fenner, CFP®, EA, ChFC, CRPS®, has the privilege of being the father of triplets and another daughter and having a beautiful and supportive wife. TAMMA was founded when Paul’s triplets were born.  Paul saw firsthand how his own family struggled with financial anxiety, and the challenges and pressures it caused. This is one of the reasons why he chose to become an investment advisor and build his firm to help bring peace of mind to TAMMA families. (The first letter of each of their first names results in TAMMA.) Paul and Barb’s podcast about encouraging your kids to learn is “must listen” for parents.

Learning Ideas Conference

Barb will be keynoting at the Learning Ideas Conference, an online event which focuses on “Creativity in Learning Design.” The conference brings researchers, practitioners, and others together to create new learning experiences, leveraging research from a variety of disciplines along with imagination and creativity. February 16, 2023, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern timesee you there!

Retrieval Practice involves the Diffuse Mode (Default Mode Network)

We often tend to think that studying involves focusing actively on the materials being learned.  In other words, that studying is “focused mode.”  So it may come as a surprise to learn that retrieval practiceperhaps the most important study technique of all, moves the brain temporarily into diffuse mode as thinking shifts from external to internal focus during the retrieval process.  That’s yet another reason that the default mode network is so important!

That’s all for now. Have a happy month in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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