In April 2015, Empire State College hosted the 8th Annual CDL Conference in Saratoga Springs. Below is a video of our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Barbara Oakley and her presentation on "Learning to Learn."
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About Barbara Oakley
Many learners – whether high school, undergraduate or graduate students – or even teachers and professors, are
unaware of best practices in learning. Instead, they suffer under illusions of competence, continuing with learning practices that research has shown to be ineffective. This talk provides activities and insight into best practices in
learning as revealed by insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Building on cutting-edge research involving the “default mode network,” we’ll explore how and when students should access the brain’s different learning modes to creatively tackle problem solving while reducing frustration. We’ll also cover common illusions of competence in learning, such as rereading and using highlighting, and learn how to avoid these challenges by applying more powerful techniques such as recall and “chunking.” Simple techniques described here can allow
students and instructors to tackle procrastination more easily, which can be one of the most deeply harmful impediments to learning. This talk is meant to provide practical, immediately useful tools to help improve students’ ability to stay on top of tough course material of any type, and to help instructors toreach and teach their students better.
Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., PE is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a Visiting
Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. 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 and co-teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” one of the world’s most popular, massive, open online courses, with well over half a million students in its first six months. 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 ventured 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 onboard Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.