EETN Insights - Barbara Oakley Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and author of the most-popular Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) in the world – “Learning how to learn”, talks about the importance of data and scientific evidence to improve research in education, highlighting the fundamental educational changes that need to be implemented for future-ready students. 
07 May 2020

“Learning how to learn” is the world’s most popular Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), created by Professor of Engineering Barbara Oakley from Oakland University, alongside neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski,. In this interview, Professor Oakley defends the importance of data and evidence-based studies when it comes to research evolving around education.

Professor Oakley debunks the idea that facts can simply be “looked up”, highlighting that many students lack the retrieval practice in building sound networks and understanding of information. She advises professors in academia to teach at a level, based on solid research in hope of bringing students back to the fundamentals and helping them move forward in the future.

“Learning how to learn” is the world’s most popular Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), created by Professor of Engineering Barbara Oakley from Oakland University, alongside neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski,. In this interview, Professor Oakley defends the importance of data and evidence-based studies when it comes to research evolving around education.

Professor Oakley debunks the idea that facts can simply be “looked up”, highlighting that many students lack the retrieval practice in building sound networks and understanding of information. She advises professors in academia to teach at a level, based on solid research in hope of bringing students back to the fundamentals and helping them move forward in the future.

I absolutely am convinced that learning and technology and that combination is one of the hottest areas of the next decade. So if that’s something that you’re working in, you’ve got a really good future ahead of you. Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and author of "Learning How To Learn"