Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Learning How to Learn (Grand Rapids)

September 25, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Get Directions

Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Note: This lecture is on Thursday this week due to ArtPrize!

Many students are unaware of best practices in learning, instead, they suffer under illusions of competence, continuing with learning practices that research have shown to be ineffective.

This talk provides activities and insight into best practices in learning for math, science, and engineering, as revealed by insights from engineering, bioengineering, 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.”

Finally, we’ll cover simple techniques to allow students (and professors!) to more easily tackle procrastination, 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 such as that in engineering, math, and the sciences.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

Learn about Parking, Accessibility, and more.

About Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor of Engineering, Oakland University

Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is the author of “A Mind for Numbers,” (Penguin, 2014), and a co-instructor (with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor of the Salk Institute) of the massive open online course “Learning How to Learn,” from Coursera, which, with nearly 200,000 students, is the largest course ever taught on how to learn. Dr. Oakley’s research focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior, and has been described as “revolutionary” by the Wall Street Journal. Oakley’s books have been praised by many leading researchers and writers, including Harvard’s Steven Pinker and E. O. Wilson, and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates. Dr. Oakley was designated as an NSF New Century Scholar; she is also a recipient of the Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.