FAST SUMMARY - Mindshift_ Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential - Barbara Oakley



Unfortunately, I do not have access to the full chapter text to provide an in-depth summary. Based on the available excerpt, it seems that this chapter provides the author's perspective on creating MOOCs (massive open online courses).

Some key points:

  • The author was surprised when their MOOC "Learning How to Learn" became very popular at Harvard and MIT, despite having a small budget. It attracted as many students as all of Harvard's MOOCs combined.

  • One motivation for creating the MOOC was a bad experience the author had with a professor who disparaged watching TV. This made the author start watching some TV and gain an appreciation for the power of video to convey information.

  • The author struggled with imposter syndrome at first when invited to speak about their popular MOOC. But they realized the topic resonated because the insights came from fields beyond just education.

  • There is discussion of some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating a MOOC, such as planning, organizing teams, managing massive numbers of students, etc.

Unfortunately without the full text I cannot provide more specifics, but it seems the chapter overall gives some insight into the unexpected popularity and work involved in creating a successful MOOC from an instructor's point of view.

Here is a brief summary of the key ideas from the book Mindshift by Barbara Oakley:

  1. Mindshift involves making major changes and breaking through obstacles by discovering your hidden potential through learning. This can happen at any age or stage of life.

  2. Learning is not just studying - it involves broadening your passions, rewiring your brain, and changing your outlook and attitudes. Physical exercise, healthy living, and overcoming negative thinking patterns are key.

  3. We live in a rapidly changing world and shifting cultures. This requires being open to reinventing ourselves and acquiring new skills through retraining and online learning.

  4. Past knowledge and experience that seems irrelevant can provide valuable context and skills to help you succeed in a new field or career.

  5. Conventional education doesn't work for everyone. Seeking alternative pathways and rewriting the rules can help unlock potential.

  6. Places like Singapore show the power of promoting lifelong learning at a national level to stay competitive.

  7. Online learning and MOOCs are leveling the playing field and making high-quality education accessible to all.

  8. Avoiding career ruts takes continually learning new things, embracing novelty, and recognizing when it's time to make a change.

  9. Setbacks and derailed dreams can become opportunities to pursue new passions and directions in life.

  10. It's never too late to reinvent yourself, turn crisis into opportunity, and discover talents you didn't know you had.

The key message is that through ongoing learning and self-discovery, we can break through obstacles and achieve far more than we ever imagined.

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