Here are some interesting ideas on how we learn, what keeps us from learning and progressing in a field of study, what kinds of tools we can incorporate in our learning to get beyond the frustration and resistance so many of us experience while learning.
Dr. Barbara Oakley wrote a great article for LinkedIn about her experiences of moving from one field of study, where she used different techniques to learn a foreign language, to a move later in a direction she had never considered – mathematics and engineering. Great article on how she found her way and pushed through, used her “beginner’s mind” to stay open to the possibilities.
Dr. Oakley describes her experiences and teaches an online course through Coursera, Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects. I’m going to commit to setting aside time to take this online course. I don’t quite know the costs yet, but there is a certificate of completion that can be posted to LinkedIn profile.
I’ve recently attended the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 15x) conference in early March 2017, paid with professional development funds by the community college where I work in the IT department at a local campus. I had an amazing time learning about some recent technologies within the Linux and open-source software communities. I heard some amazing speakers who inspired me and helped to renew my evangelistic enthusiasm for Linux, open-source software. Many of the conference presentation sessions are available in the SCaLE-15x YouTube channel. Some outstanding presentations, especially the keynote speaker, Dr. Christine Corbett Moran on Saturday morning!
I felt compelled to do a bit of “pay-back” and share some of the information and enthusiasm I have regarding the:
Linux operating system
courses available within the College (and beyond) to help kick-start technology careers for students
and to help promote the need for more Women in Technology.
To facilitate this desire to give something back, I developed a presentation for students, faculty, staff, and community members. The presentation slide-deck is available on GitHub and the links to that and a list of resources mentioned in the presentation and more are hosted at a quick site I put up via Blogger: https://beelybox.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html. Check it out! I do plan on cleaning the presentation up substantially and modifying the presentation of the resources – kind of cobbled together.