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The latest episode of our podcast, Inside Learning, features Barbara Oakley author of Uncommon Sense Teaching – Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn.
This episode explores how we have made huge strides in the neuroscience of learning and how, often, these breakthroughs do not filter down to the way teachers teach. Other topics include diverse-friendly learning environments, keeping students engaged in a virtual learning environment, and a small lesson on the neuroscience of learning. Aidan is also joined on this episode by Innovation Services Team Lead Peter Gillis from The Learnovate Centre.
Inside Learning explores the power of learning to unlock human potential and is hosted by author, speaker, coach and broadcaster Aidan McCullen.
Aidan interviews global experts in the science of learning and the future of work to educate, entertain and inform us all on the power of learning.
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Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. 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 national 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,” one of the world’s most popular massive open online course. Her books include Uncommon Sense Teaching (Penguin Random House 2021), A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), (Penguin, 2014); Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (Penguin, 2017); and Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens (Penguin, 2018). Dr. Oakley has adventured widely through her lifetime. She rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the US Army, during which time she was recognised 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 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
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