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Presented at Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium, University of Nebraska, May 8, 2018.


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Barbara Oakley didn’t begin learning remedial high school algebra until age 26. Now she’s a professor of engineering, a New York Times best-selling author, and instructor of the world’s largest massive open online course, with nearly two million registered students. How did this happen? She learned how to learn, and she now teaches others these practical insights. In this fun-filled keynote, you’ll hear true stories of remarkable transformation and discover intriguing insights from science about how you can change and grow, no matter your age or stage of life.

Using metaphor and analogy, which primes neural circuits for difficult topics, Oakley explains how to learn effectively, drawing on her extensive experience as both an engineering professor and a linguist, as well as from key research insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Learn about which techniques help and those that do not, how to use the brain’s different learning modes to their best effect, and about methods like recall, “chunking” and the Pomodoro technique’s approach to beating procrastination. You’ll walk away with practical learning tools based on solid research—and you’ll have fun along the way!