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September 21st 2015:Learning How We Learn: An Interview with MOOC Pioneer Barb Oakley

Since the early days of the university in the 11th century, professors have lectured increasingly large numbers of passive and often bored students. With the advent of educational technology (EdTech) and massive open online courses (MOOCs), the possibility for scaling both the benefits and difficulties of higher education has been received by traditional higher educators as something of a mixed blessing. In this episode, Big Beacon Radio host Dave Goldberg interviews Barbara Oakley, bestselling author, researcher, professor, adventurer, and teacher of one of the most popular MOOCs on th

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Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley is Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Her research on altruism bias and pathologies of altruism has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal. Winner of numerous teaching awards, together with Terrence Sejnowski of the Salk Institute, she co-teaches “Learning How to Learn,” one of the world’s most popular MOOCs (massive open online courses), with over one million students to date. Her book A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), (Penguin, 2014) is a New York Times best-selling science book. An avid adventurer, Dr. Oakley rose from
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