Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

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Mindshift is designed to help boost your career and life in today’s fast-paced learning environment. Whatever your age or stage, Mindshift teaches you essentials such as how to get the most out of online learning and MOOCs, how to seek out and work with mentors, the secrets to avoiding career ruts (and catastrophes) and general ruts in life, and insights such as the value of selective ignorance over general competence. We’ll provide practical insights from science about how to learn and change effectively even in maturity, and we’ll build on what you already know to take your life’s learning in fantastic new directions. This course is designed to show you how to look at what you’re learning, and your place in what’s unfolding in the society around you, so you can be what you want to be, given the real world constraints that life puts on us all. You’ll see that by using certain mental tools and insights, you can learn and do more—far more—than you might have ever dreamed!

This course can be taken independent of, concurrent with, or subsequent to, its companion course, Learning How to Learn. (Mindshift is more career focused, and Learning How to Learn is more learning focused.)

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What Will You Learn?

  • Learning To Learn
  • Category: Lifelong Learning
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Category: Pomodoro Technique
  • Pomodoro Technique
  • Category: Meta Learning
  • Meta Learning

Course Content

Week 1: 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!Learning ObjectivesExplain how some drawbacks, such as poor memory or a seemingly irrelevant past, can actually be valuable in learning. Discover the value and importance of active and mastery learning in their own learning, and apply these approaches. Evaluate the various types of material they are studying in light of the different neural modes that might be needed. Explain the difference between focused and diffuse modes. Explain the effect of testosterone on preferences and interests in a subject. Match aspirations with opportunity in relation to career development. Synthesize and reflect on how the information on change and learning relates to your current situation and future plans.

  • 1.1 Introduction – About Mindshift(video)
  • 1.2 Guidance in Applying for Continuing Education or Professional Development Credit
  • 1.3 The Value of Being a Slow Learner(video)
  • 1.4 From Passive to Active(video)
  • 1.5 The Value of Your Past(video)
  • 1.6 The unexpected assets from your past–and breaking through initial feelings of incompetence
  • 1.7 Mastery Learning(video)
  • 1.8 Focused Versus Diffuse – Furthering Your Understanding(video)
  • 1.9 Should You Listen to Music When You’re Studying?(video)
  • 1.10 Learning Something Hard? The Coffee Shop Trick(video)
  • 1.11 Favorite places to study, and helpful study apps
  • 1.12 Your environment affects who you are(video)
  • 1.13 The Changing World – Matching Aspirations with Opportunity(video)
  • 1.14 Natural Passions, Career Choice, and Gender(video)
  • 1.15 Your challenge
  • 1.15 Your challenge
  • 1.16 Week 1 Wrap Up(video)
  • 1.17 Graded Quiz
  • 1.18 Optional Video: How to Integrate a Flashcard Retrieval Practice System into This Course(video)
  • 1.19 Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #1(video)
  • 1.20 Honors Peer-graded Assignment: A first look in the mirror

Week 2: 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!Learning ObjectivesDiscover the unexpected VALUE of a poor memory. Explain the two different types of meditation, and their relation to the focused and diffuse modes, and creativity. Explain and use tools and techniques that can help decrease procrastination, including the Pomodoro technique, increasing expectancy and value, and decreasing impulsiveness. Apply procedural fluency and deliberate practice to help the “hard stuff” become easier. Apply “mental tricks” to reframe and alleviate anxiety & worry. Explain the problems that research has found with “learning styles.” Assess one’s learning to avoid imbalance by trying to learn too much (or too little). Explain how friends and colleagues can influence your own behavior.

Weeks 3: 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!Learning ObjectivesExplain why it is important to broaden as well as follow your passions. Describe career resiliency in the context of obtaining a second skill, or developing a broad talent stack of many mediocre skills. Explain how reading, taking MOOCs, and taking courses and seminars can help keep you prepared and help you avoid becoming obsolete with your career skills. Explain how hobbies can help keep your brain fresh and agile, and can sometimes even be useful for your career. Describe strategies that can be used to implement your mindshift when faced with individuals who may oppose your attempts to change. Provide an analytic comparison of why both general competence and selective ignorance can each be important in career-building. Discuss the advantages of feeling like an imposter. Describe “The golden rule of career catastrophes” . Analyze and take advantage of some of your seemingly “worst” traits. Describe how both rational cognition and emotion can combine to make you intelligent. Synthesize the key ideas of this course and create a game plan for your future.

Week 4: 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!Learning ObjectivesDescribe how exercise, learning, exposure to new environments, and even video games can help create and nurture new neurons and synapses that help create a “cognitive reserve” that keeps you healthy as you age. Explain how and why good online teaching can sometimes be even better than face-to-face teaching. Describe why MOOCs can be a good way for adults to keep up with a learning lifestyle. Explain how to select the best online learning experience. Explain the different types of mentors and describe their effects on your career. Relate what research has shown about the value of reading in promoting good health, and describe the benefits of reading when interacting with others. Integrate learning into your lifestyle.

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