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LEARN HOW TO LEARN with Barbara Oakley

Start Time: October 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am
End Time: October 18, 2016 @ 11:30 am

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LEARN HOW TO LEARN with Barbara Oakley - creator of the world’s most highly subscribed MOOC!


MacPherson Institute is happy to announce Dr.Barbara Oakley as the Keynote Speaker at the Learning Technologies Symposium 2016 on October 18th, 2016. Dr. Oakley will present Learning How to Learn—based on her New York Times best selling novel and the world’s most highly subscribed massive open online course! This event will take place in Council Chambers at 9:30 AM. Later in the day, she will be presenting a talk titled, ‘Broaden Your Passion! Encouraging Women in STEM’ at the School of Engineering’s Café X session; this is scheduled for 3:30-4:30 (location TBA).

Dr. Barbara Oakley is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’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. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” the world’s most popular massive open online course.  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.

Dr. Oakley has adventured widely through her lifetime. She rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. She also worked as a communications expert at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, and has served as a Russian translator on board Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.



October 18th, 2016, Council Chambers Gilmore Hall, McMaster University

For more information visit: http://miietl.mcmaster.ca/site/events/2016-learning-technologies-symposium/


Café X session on October 18, 2016 3:30-4:30, Location TBD

For more information visit: http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/cafex/

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