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Flexible deadlines

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Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

Change IS possible

In today's world, change is the only constant. This means that whatever stage you are in life, you need to keep yourself open and able to change. How can you do this? In three ways: Learn more about your hidden capabilities and assets. Learn more about learning effectively. Learn about matching your assets with the opportunities that face you. In this week, we'll dive into these three important areas!

13 videos (Total 71 min), 2 quizzes
13 videos
1-4 The Value of Your Past6m
1-5 Mastery Learning6m
1-6 Focused Versus Diffuse – Furthering Your Understanding6m
1-7 Should You Listen to Music When You're Studying?1m
1-8 Learning Something Hard? The Coffee Shop Trick5m
1-9 Your environment affects who you are6m
1-10 The Changing World – Matching Aspirations with Opportunity6m
1-11 Natural Passions, Career Choice, and Gender4m
1-12 Week 1 Wrap Up2m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #16m
1 practice exercise
Week 130m
2 hours to complete

Getting Deeper into Happy Learning

Key to your ability to mindshift is being able to learn effectively. This week, we’ll dive deeper into this vital area. Getting yourself motivated to tackle procrastination can sometimes be a challenge in learning, so we’ll give you some important tips here. But we’ll also give insights into mental tricks to help you focus, relax, and reframe if stress intrudes. We’ll also show you how to avoid common learning pitfalls. Welcome and enjoy!

14 videos (Total 86 min), 1 quiz
14 videos
2-4 The Pomodoro Technique as Working Meditation7m
2-5 Getting Past Procrastination7m
2-6 The Value of Procedural Fluency and Deliberate Practice6m
2-7 Bad Grades and Barb's Hands – The Value of Mental Tricks3m
2-8 Learning to Reframe – Put a Label on It!8m
2-9 Integrate All Your Senses Into Learning – The Pitfalls of "Learning Styles"3m
2-10 Can You Try to Learn Too Much?3m
2-11 Your Social Brain5m
2-12 Week 2 Wrap Up4m
Optional Bonus Video: Interview with Singapore Entrepreneur Adam Khoo20m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #24m
1 practice exercise
Week 230m
3 hours to complete

Learning and Careers

This week, we’ll be talking about how your own career can develop and change through your life. Your own internal feelings about what you want to do can play a critical role in your long-term happiness. But society and culture can also have a dramatic effect on your career choices and decisions—as can your parents, family, and friends. We’ll talk about second-skilling yourself, and developing a talent stack of average talents that can combine into a formidable asset. We’ll also talk about various tactics and techniques to help you survive career changes and upheavals. Welcome and enjoy!

13 videos (Total 65 min), 2 quizzes
13 videos
3-4 Passion and Work Part 36m
3-5 Mindshifting – What to Do in the Face of Opposition6m
3-6 General Competence versus Selective Ignorance2m
3-7 The Value of Feeling Like an Imposter2m
3-8 Avoiding Career Ruts and Surviving Career Catastrophes4m
3-9 Bad Traits as Best Traits3m
3-10 The Intelligence of Emotions6m
3-11 Week 3 Wrap Up3m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #39m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #4 Remembering Names & Faces9m
1 practice exercise
Week 330m
2 hours to complete

Adopting a Learning Lifestyle

In this final week of the course, we'll be exploring how and why to keep yourself in "mindshift" mode. We'll give you all sorts of insider tips on how to pick out the best online learning with materials that are right for you. And we'll also talk about other ways of learning—ways that can make you "the smartest person in the room." Disruption lies ahead in the world—this week, we'll help you seize the advantage. Off we go for our final week of Mindshift!

13 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
4-4 Dirty Little Secrets of Traditional vs Massive Online Teaching4m
4-5 A Visit to Barb's Basement: The Secret Sauce of Learning How to Learn5m
4-6 MOOC Tips Part 2 – Looking More Deeply Into Quality Learning4m
4-7 Mentors in Your Life5m
4-8 Read, Read, Read3m
4-9 Surviving in the New Information Economy5m
4-10 Week 4 Wrap Up3m
4-11 Finale: Discovering Your Hidden Potential4m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #5 Language Learning11m
Memory Tips: Nelson Dellis on How to Memorize a Speech or a Script13m
1 reading
Please Rate this Course on Class Central5m
1 practice exercise
Final Examination50m
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Top reviews from Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

By TMFeb 12th 2018

I really enjoyed the first course, Learn 2Learn. The female professor is great but the boring old guy should have been kicked out of the course, as he do not provide anything of value for the course.

By SNJan 18th 2018

Thank you Barbara. It was really enjoyable trip with you in this course. I have found many new learning techniques. Your positive behavior was very encouraging for me to begin a new list of my life!



Dr. Barbara Oakley

Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning, McMaster University
Professor of Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Oakland University

Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Computational Neurobiology Laboratory

M.S. Orlando Trejo

Assistant Professor
Department of Electronics and Circuits, Universidad Simón Bolívar

About McMaster University

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence by inspiring critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. Ranked amongst the Top 100 universities in the world, McMaster pioneered a learner-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that is now known worldwide as the “McMaster Model”. ...

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