Helping You—and the Children in Your Life—Learn STEM Subjects More Effectively

August 7, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM

Barbara Oakley 
IEEE Fellow

Cadence / Bldg 10,
2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA (map)

(Register here)

IEEE Computer Society of Silicon Valley

6:30 – 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 – 8:15 PM Talk
8:15 – 8:30 PM Q&A/Adjourn

Presentations about learning are generally taught by psychologists and educators with little insight into or personal experience with mastering difficult STEM subjects. Not this presentation. Professor of Engineering and IEEE Fellow Barbara Oakley, a New York Times best-selling author and instructor of Learning How to Learn (University of California-San Diego – Coursera), one of the world’s largest massive open online course, delves deep into the brain to give you practically useful information about how you—and your children—can become experts in your chosen subjects.

  • Learn from a neuroscientific perspective why it’s perfectly normal to not understand something difficult the first time you encounter it.  You’ll see how to leverage your knowledge of how your brain works to do better on tests and to inoculate yourself (and the children in your life) against feelings of frustration and failure when something seems difficult to learn.
  • See what the patterns of expertise look like in the brain, and learn how to build those patterns more quickly and with less frustration.
  • Discover simple tools to tackle procrastination. (You might be surprised to learn that even just thinking about something you don’t like causes your brain to experience pain.)
  • Learn the surprising advantages of having a bad memory and sometimes being a slower learner.

Dr. Oakley’s previous book, A Mind for Numbers, is a New York Times and international best-seller translated into over a dozen languages. We are very lucky to have her presentation at IEEE in conjunction with the launch of her new book Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens (Penguin – Random House, August 7, 2018).

Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley author photo (c) Rachel Oakley

Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University. Her research involves bioengineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Dr. Oakley teaches the massive open online courses (MOOCs) “Learning How to Learn” and “Mindshift,” alongside legendary neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski. Dr. Oakley has received many awards for her teaching, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in education and the National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award.

Open to all to attend

(Online registration is needed. If you did not register, seating is not guaranteed.)

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