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Julia Saxena PS 11/05

What will they get?
  • Live sessions with breakouts
  • Office hours to ask about tools and methods
  • Community to support each other when learning
    • slack?
  • Need technical support for Traverse and other tools as well
Tour of curriculum
  • teaser: memory palace
  • mindset
    • growth mindset rather than fixed mindset
    • intentional about learning
  • toolkit
    • atomic units of knowledge
      • how they are connected and form a tree
      • identifying the 20% of building blocks that yield 80% of results
    • understanding
      • elaborative interrogation
      • feynman technique
    • memorizing
      • active recall
      • spaced repetition
        • how to write questions that are not too easy and not too hard → flow state
        • identifying the 20% of building blocks. This is a loop: you'll discover you're not curious anymore about some of the questions, that'ok, remove them
    • apply in the real world
      • deliberate practice
      • interleaving
  • making it a habit

Main session 11/05

  • identify your next skill to acquire
  • find the 80/20 building blocks in this skill
  • arrange the building blocks in a tree
  • ask questions about each building block to gain understanding
  • review those questions to memorize
  • make it into a habit
Ideas from breakout:
  • students interviewing each other
  • email prompts
  • shadowing people doing active learning (ie dom and ryan)
  • at start: visualize yourself as a superlearner, what are you able to do now?
Ideas from main session:
  • have students do self assessment

ODCC07 - Content Development

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5 weeks
2 sessions per week
1 guest session
Julia's session:
What? Things that we are offering:
Secrets of master learners
more of an intro to the course - weave in some story telling & inspiration from great learners and how they went about their life - Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Richard Feynman, Josh Waitzkin etc
Collaborative learning v peer learning
(sessions will have time for individual learning + collaborative learning) - benefits of each)
Templates & trackers
A lot of learning is about habit building. Trackers and templates will help people hold themselves accountable
Sessions with mentors and super learners
(we can definitely get experts in different areas who have reached mastery and get them to talk about their process). I have a few contacts who I think would love to spend an hour talking to our students - kind of like the fireside chats that we have at ODCC
Learning can only happen with a quiet mind. Give students tools and ideas for focused work and study
How are we offering this?
Immersive experiences and exercises which give students an opportunity to apply a technique or tool live
Example: A case study that we create on a situation that doesn't have an easy solution. This would be after we talk about mental models. The situation would draw on various fields of study and require a detailed understanding and application of mental models to reach a decision or outcome
Other immersive experiences could be to do with mastering certain specific skills - will have to think up activities which stretch students and are those they would not ordinarily come across in daily life eg. origami - how does one go from absolute beginner to skilled in the shortest amount of time possible? Follow a process like this:
  • Make sure it has multisensory input
  • Deeper looking - looking for things you didn't before
  • Making it fun - takes the pressure off
  • Getting into flow - once fun is achieved, flow becomes a state of mind
  • Escape 'over-complicated' (breaking it down into simple micro-skills)
My Snapshot style visual which shows people's 'mindset snapshot' at start and end of course
Need to think of metrics on which to measure students. What do we measure?
Plenty of opportunity for reflection
breakout room activities set up specifically to think about thinking and learn about learning
Toolkits & Techniques
  • Memory encoding (detailed, multi faceted and imbued with emotion)
  • creating handles (the more access points you create for an experience, the better it is stored in memory)
  • working memory v long term memory (and how to ensure you shift information between the two effortlessly)
  • Repetition, spacing, interleaving etc
  • We learn better from animation (visual) + narration (auditory) than from animation (visual) + on-screen text (visual)
  • Why is text less efficient than pictures as a learning tool? Because the brain sees text as lots of tiny pictures - so it has to piece together lots of these tiny pictures to make up a word, where as a picture is just stored and processed as one picture (a friend of mine is a visual note-taker - will be super cool to have her do a session during the course to validate why visual note-taking is so much more powerful)
  • Burn your powerpoint presentations (unless they're full of images and videos!)
  • vision is our dominant sense, taking up half of our brain's resources. But also, it is not 100 per cent accurate
  • we learn and remember best through pictures, not through spoken or written words
  • Music training improves math scores, reading ability, IQ and even spatiotemporal training. Can we incorporate a quick music training session as part of the course?
  • Exploration & curiosity are inbuilt - how can you leverage that to become a superlearner? (Using some of the techniques you learn on this course?)
  • Curiosity + Joy = Mastery
  • Skin in the game - how can you increase skin in the game when learning a new skill? Tactics to help you increase skin in the game
Environment Design
  • our brains love motion. Learning is stronger when we incorporate movement and motion - oxygen builds roads for the brain (how can students make use of this biology to supercharge learning?)
  • The brain doesn't sleep to rest, it sleeps to assimilate (then go on to show students the most up-to-date sleeping habits and research)
  • Stress is good and bad for learning (stressful situations aren't going to lead to good learning. So if going through a divorce for example, best not to schedule an exam while that's happening)
  • Subject yourself to experiences (brains of wild animals are 15% - 30% larger than their domesticated counterparts - experiences literally wire your brain differently. It is simple - the more activity you do, the larger and more complex it can become)
  • Sensory integration - multi-sensory learning (at the same time) means better remembering. What do you remember more? A time you had a great time at a nightclub (taste, sound, visual and even touch), or when you were sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher? Learning is less effective in a unisensory situation.
  • Why is reading a relatively slow way to put information into the brain?
  • Smell boosts memory all by itself! (can we design an experience around this?)
  • Music & dopamine, cortisol and Oxytocin (how can you incorporate this into optimal learning habits)
Mental Models
20% of models which work for 80% of situations
Farnam Street is good, but also https://mmpractices.com
help in making sense of a crazy world
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