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Jul 27, 2017

One of the challenges of learning a new skill is that very often, you don’t know what you don’t know – and if you can't structure your learning or keep making the same mistakes without correcting them your progress will suffer and you may eventually give up.

This where experts come in – because they can help you plan your practice, focus on the right sub skills and accelerate your learning through regular corrective feedback.

But whether you’re looking for an expert online or in person, it can sometimes be a challenge to separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s why you need to know what to look for in an expert and have a good understanding of their teaching and learning process before committing.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- The different types of expert and how to choose the right one for you
- How to get objective feedback so that you can improve
- How to balance your needs for self direction and guidance to accelerate your learning

So whether you're looking to hire coach to help you learn a new skill, or just want to improve how you learn from an existing teacher, this episode will give you all that and more.

Jul 26, 2017

Julian Baggini is a philosopher and author who has written and co-authored almost twenty philosophical books written for a general audience. He is also co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine and the blog Microphilosophy.

We’re living in an age where we seem to be losing our capacity to reason - to think rationally and make good decisions, whether it’s in education, politics or the discussion of important social issues.

In his recent work on rationality, Julian argues that many of these problems come from our inability to define reason and understand it properly.

Most notably he argues that reason is not a pure thoroughbred as the Greek philosopher Plato described it – but more of a hard working mule that’s independent from emotions and other drives.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How to become more aware of your own thinking in the different areas of life
- Julian’s discussion of educational philosophy and his answer to the question “What’s the point of school?”
- How to develop reasoning and critical thinking skills to make better decisions

So whether you’re looking to make more rational decisions in your life, become more aware of your own thinking or just want to gain a better understanding of the world we’re living in at the moment, this episode will give you all that and more.

Jul 21, 2017

We’ve all probably had glimpses of great teamwork in our own lives, where every one’s strengths complement each other and compensate for individual weaknesses, but these are often fleeting and temporary.

But examples of these learning experiences are few and far between in most schools and universities and in the organisations that many work in after finishing their education.

Collaborative learning skills must be continuously refined and practiced, not just things that people write about on their CVs and talk about in job interviews – because they can have a massive impact.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- The benefits of collaboration in learning and how to use it effectively
- The difference between dialogue and discussion and how to use both
- How to find a balance between competition and effective teamwork within groups

So whether you're looking to use collaborative learning to pick up a new skill or just want to work better in teams, this episode will give you everything you need and more.

Jul 18, 2017

Ulrich Boser is a bestselling author and senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress. Ulrich recently released Learn Better, a book on the science of learning designed to help you master the skills for success in life, business, and school - and become an expert in anything. 

Ulrich has interviewed some of the greatest minds in the field of learning science, including many of the guests on the MetaLearn Podcast and has thought deeply about the fundamental principles of learning how to learn, giving him a unique take on the field. In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- The most important MetaLearning principles Ulrich discovered in his research for the book
- How Ulrich has applied learning science to upgrade his basketball skills
- The importance of trust in learning and education and how to develop it 

So whether you’re looking to upgrade your learning skills, gain insights from one of the thought leaders in the field of learning to learn or understand how to leverage trust in your learning, this episode will give you all that and more.

Jul 18, 2017

Ulrich Boser is a bestselling author and senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress. Ulrich recently released Learn Better, a book on the science of learning designed to help you master the skills for success in life, business, and school - and become an expert in anything. 

Ulrich has interviewed some of the greatest minds in the field of learning science, including many of the guests on the MetaLearn Podcast and has thought deeply about the fundamental principles of learning how to learn, giving him a unique take on the field. In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- The most important MetaLearning principles Ulrich discovered in his research for the book
- How Ulrich has applied learning science to upgrade his basketball skills
- The importance of trust in learning and education and how to develop it 

So whether you’re looking to upgrade your learning skills, gain insights from one of the thought leaders in the field of learning to learn or understand how to leverage trust in your learning, this episode will give you all that and more.

Jul 13, 2017

Our natural instinct to compete with others can be a powerful motivator for learning. As someone who's naturally competitive, using competition has definitely worked well for me in the early stages of learning a new skill and if you're wired in a similar way I'll be surprised if it hasn’t worked for you too.

But anything in excess is its opposite and being overly competitive can also harm your ability to learn if you don’t manage it properly. It’s easy to focus too much on the competition and not enough on yourself.

The truth is there will always be people who are better than us and we need to accept that. If we can, then we can allow ourselves to celebrate others’ achievements and use them as inspiration for pursuing our own.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- The benefits of competition in learning and how to use it constructively
- How competition can harm learning if it’s not kept in check
- How to compete with yourself over an extended period of time

So whether you're looking to use competition to start learning a new skill or just want to try competing with yourself for a while, this episode will give you everything you need and more.

Jul 11, 2017

Mads Holmen is the CEO of Bibblio, an API platform helping knowledge publishers and learning platforms deliver smarter content recommendation.  Bibblio’s clients include the likes of the University of Cambridge and Oxford University Press as well as the BBC and YouTube.

As Herbert Simon said, an information-rich leads to “a scarcity of what information consumes - attention.” We’re currently living in a world where there is a continuous battle for our attention online and this manifests itself in everything from addictive games to fake news, which fundamentally affects our learning and lives.

Mads is someone who has thought very deeply about the ideas behind online media and has a great understanding of the algorithms and business models driving the attention economy, which makes him the perfect guest to discuss these issues with, both from an theoretical and practical perspective. In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- The systems driving the attention economy and how to live and learn in a world full of distractions
- The structural problems that drive fake news and how to spot and deal with this online
- The fundamentals of AI and Machine Learning, explained in a way that a 5 year old could understand

This episode is like a crash course in digital literacy - so whether you’re looking to understand the structure of the attention economy, manage your time better online or get a deeper understanding of AI and Machine Learning, this episode will give you all that and more.

Jul 6, 2017

We all want to be perfect at anything we learn but these expectations of excellence are often unhelpful and more often than not they leave us in a state of paralysis. 

Very often, the reason we don’t act on our desire to build that business, learn that language or master that new sport is because when we get started, we’re not going to be very good and this will quickly shatter that illusion of perfection that we’ve fantasised about so vividly.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- Why perfectionism hurts learning, and the rare exception where it helps
- The difference between having high general expectations and low specific expectations
- Simple strategies to overcome perfectionism and keep making progress

So whether you're looking to overcome perfectionism and start learning that new skill or fine tune your balance between over ambition and slacking, this episode will give you everything you need and more.

Jul 4, 2017

Kevin Kelly is the co-founder and executive editor at Wired magazine, and one of the world’s leading technologists. He’s the author of several bestselling books on technology, including his most recent work, The Inevitable, which outlines the 12 technological forces shaping the future.

As the writer William Gibson once said, “the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet” and in the coming decades, technological progress will transform all aspects of our society, including the way we learn. 

So it’s in our interests to understand the dominant trends and prepare ourselves for what’s to come so that we can ride the wave rather than be crushed by it.

As a leading technologist and the co-founder of the world’s leading technology publication, Kevin is right at the cutting edge of progress, and is perfectly placed to shed light on the core issues driving the global learning revolution.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How to build the learning superpowers needed to thrive in the 21st century
- The technological forces shaping the future of learning and education, including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Kevin’s insights on skill acquisition developed over a lifetime learning

You’ll also hear about Kevin’s formative experiences from dropping out of college to backpacking around Asia, as well as his current learning projects and a series of unconventional beliefs that most people would disagree with him on. 

So whether you’re a tech enthusiast looking to broaden their thinking in the space or a technophobe who wants to familiarise themselves with the forces that will transform all aspects of learning and education, this episode has you covered.

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