113 Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help Master Tough Content

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, November 16

Instructional Design


Learners, particularly online learners, often suffer from illusions of competence in learning, procrastinate, and fail at breaking down content into smaller chunks to build solid expertise. Each can lead to higher rates of frustration and, ultimately, reduce success.

In this session, you will learn about neuroscientific processes that kick off procrastination, and how to tackle it. You’ll also learn about the default mode network and its role in helping prevent frustration. Strategies for the effective chunking of content, improving recall, and the challenge of developing passion for hard-to-master subjects will all be part of the discussion. Finally, you will explore ways to combat frustration when learning challenging content, and ways that metaphor and analogy can increase the speed of learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to tackle procrastination
  • How to develop expertise in topics ranging from programming to language study to dance
  • How to handle frustration when learning a difficult topic
  • How to use metaphor and analogy to speed your learning

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
PowerPoint with many embedded videos and animations.

Click here for the session trailer

Barbara Oakley

Professor of Engineering, Oakland University; Visiting Scholar, University of California, San Diego

Oakland University

Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE, is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a visiting scholar at UC San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural “innovation instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Barbara’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal; she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education.

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