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ML115: Barbara Oakley on Becoming a Thought Leader without Selling Out and Teaching Kids How To Learn

Discover the challenges of becoming a thought leader without selling out from one of the world's leading online educators and the process behind teaching children to learn effectively.
Nasos Papadopoulos

Barbara Oakley is an educator and writer who’s empowering people all over the world to learn more effectively.

For those of who you who are long time listeners you’ll remember Barb from Episode 46 of the show, where we discussed Barb’s insights from learning skills in the US military and retraining herself as an engineer at the age of 26.

She’s best known for her role as the lead instructor on Coursera’s Learning How To Learn, one of the world’s most popular online courses and her bestselling book A Mind for Numbers, which the course was based on.

It’s been a year and a half since we last spoke and in that time Barb has released her second MOOC Mindshift and launched a new book, Learning How To Learn, which is a guide at effective learning aimed at kids and teens.

In this episode we discuss:

• Barb’s journey as a thought leader in the learning space
• Teaching children how to learn effectively
• Whether the future of online educational content is free

This conversation is great as a standalone piece and I’m sure you’ll get a lot from it, whether you’re a parent who wants to be more proactive in your child’s education or an aspiring thought leader who wants to reach a big audience without compromising on your principles.

Selected Resources

📖 A Mind for Numbers - Barbara Oakley

📖 Learning How To Learn - Barbara Oakley

▶️ Learning How to Learn - Coursera Online Course

🖥 BarbaraOakley.com

🎙ML46: Barbara Oakley on Learning How To Learn, Retraining Your Brain and The Secrets Behind Great Online Education


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