Barb Oakley here, I’ll be your instructor for this Cohort. I’m so excited to be going on this journey with you!
Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct for this program. It’s expected that you abide by these rules.
Next, please take the time to get to know your Cohort portal where, amongst other things, you’ll find the streaming schedule.
Finally, I’d love to get to know you! Please drop a reply down below telling us a little about yourself, as well as what you’re hoping to take away from this Cohort!
I’ll go first:
I’m Barb Oakley, I’m currently living in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I originally trained as a linguist at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, because I couldn’t learn math. But at age 26, when I got out of the military, I decided to try to change my brain and learn math and science. To my surprise, I’m now a distinguished professor of engineering at Oakland University in Michigan! Many of the techniques I used to help me learn effectively have been shown by neuroscience to be powerful learning tools for all kinds of subjects.
Along with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, I teach Learning How to Learn, one of the world’s most popular MOOCs. In Uncommon Sense Teaching, we take a fresh, science-based approach to teaching–which also means we add in plenty of humor! In this Cohort, I plan to help guide you through the key ideas of the Uncommon Sense Teaching course–and also give you a sense of the behind-the-scenes thinking that went into creating the course.
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