Barbara Oakley

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Barbara Ann Oakley (née Grim, November 24, 1955) is an American professor of engineering at Oakland University and McMaster University whose online courses on learning are some of the most popular MOOC classes in the world.[1][2] She is involved in multiple areas of research, ranging from STEM education, to learning practices.

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Barbara Oakley
Barbara Ann Grim

(1955-11-24) November 24, 1955 (age 67)
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Oakland University
Philip Oakley
(m. 1984)
Scientific career
FieldsEngineering, learning, altruism bias
InstitutionsOakland University
McMaster University
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Barbara Oakley
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States of America
Service/branchFlag_of_the_United_States_Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1974–1981
RankUS-O3_insignia.svg Captain

Oakley co-created and taught Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, the world's most popular online course.[3] It is available on Coursera.[4] She also wrote a book, A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra).[5] This is a standalone book, though it companions the ideas presented in the MOOC.

Oakley has authored op-ed articles about learning in The Wall Street Journal[6][7] and The New York Times.[8]