The journey of lifelong learning must start somewhere. And it is quite easily done during a weekend using Whatsapp on a mobile phone.
Every month, I offer 4 courses, one during each weekend. They are listed below:
1st weekend of the month: FAST: First Principles and Scientific Temper
2nd weekend of the month: TLCM: The language called Mathematics
3rd weekend of the month: EOCF: Enhancing Own Cognitive Fitness
4th weekend of the month: Learning Prescriptions
Here is their brief description :
1st weekend of the month:
FAST: First Principles and Scientific Temper
First Principles is a framework for deconstructing complex problems, applied by Elon Musk for his enterprises, and inculcating a Scientific Temper is a Constitutional duty cast upon all of us under Article 51A(h).
In the NEP2020, the phrase ‘ Scientific Temper’ is mentioned at 4 places: on pages 5 and 6, on pages 16,34 and 38.
Elon Musk has said that if he hadn’t used first principles thinking to advance Tesla technology, he would have been stuck in the horse-and-carriage stage of the transportation revolution. The real power of first-principles thinking is moving away from incremental improvement and into possibility.
The two together help in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and are essential to flourish, thrive and prosper in an unknown and uncertain future. This weekend course is perhaps a rare effort to make these concepts accessible to a large number of interested learners, simply through WhatsApp on a mobile device. We elucidate what are and more importantly what are not ‘first principles’. We also share strategies to enhance our scientific temper.
In this era of availability of large number of digital learning resources, it is even more important to become aware of the importance of first principles and training the youth in it.
The next edition of this weekend course is on offer on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th. Thereafter it will be offered on the first weekend of every month.
The structure of this weekend course is as follows:
Day 1 ( Saturday): What are first principles?
1.1: Philosophical Origins
1.2: Elon Musk on the importance of first principles and its applications
1.3: The step-wise approach to first principles thinking
1.4: What is not a first principle? Barriers to First principles thinking
1.5: First principles in marketing strategy, in law and in daily life
Day 2( Sunday): Developing a Scientific Temper
2.1: Origins of the phrase: mentions in the NEP
2.2: Directive principles of the Indian Constitution
2.3: The Scientific approach : Science and pseudoscience
2.4: Asking Questions : the basis of Science
2.5: Science as public knowledge
2nd weekend of the month::
TLCM: The language called Mathematics:
Mathematics or Maths often becomes the most dreaded subject at School. The purpose of this weekend course is to develop an interest in the subject and kindle the desire to know more about Mathematics.
The phrase “ Mathematics is a language” was used by John Willard Gibbs, a very distinguished American Scientist. He was of course echoing what Galileo had said hundreds of years earlier “ Nature is written in mathematical language”.
The next edition of this weekend course is on offer on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th. Thereafter it will be offered on the second weekend of every month.
Day 1: ( Saturday): What is Mathematics?
1.1: The myths and misconceptions regarding Maths
1.2: The Beauty of Mathematics
1.3: Recognition for Maths achievement
1.4: Mathematical Thinking
1.5: The Map of Mathematics
Day 2: (Sunday): Knowing Mathematics
2.1: Overcoming Maths Phobia
2.2: Inspiring Mathematicians
2.3: The skill of Mathematical Problem Solving
2.4: Learning Maths: School Level
2.5: Learning Maths: College/ University Level
3rd weekend of the month:
EOCF: Enhancing Own Cognitive Fitness:
In the 21st century, learning faster and using your brain more effectively may be the most important advantage for success and prosperity.
We all take our brains for granted and don’t really take time to nourish and exercise it. What would your life be like if your brain did not work or slowed down? We all know that when we do physical exercise and eat a balanced and nutritious diet, we feel better and are healthier. How many people (including yourself) ever say…..I’m off to exercise my brain? Well, you should be doing it daily. Most of us just feel like our brains are just another organ and do not really need our attention until you felt that your brain is not working properly. We need to keep our brains fit and healthy in order for it to function as it’s supposed to If you don’t, then the rest of your body is going to feel it. Remember our brains are the master control center of bodies and sends and receives messages allowing us to function.
Cognitive fitness goes far beyond memory. It embraces thinking, learning, recognition, communication, and sound decision-making. This course will show you how to sidestep threats to your brain’s wellness. Cognitive flexibility refers to the brain’s ability to transition from thinking about one concept to another. The quicker you are able to switch or “shift” your thinking from one dimension (e.g. color of an object) to another (e.g. shape of an object), the greater your level of cognitive flexibility. You’ll learn how to build a “cognitive reserve” to address your brain’s changes. You will be informed of the steps that spur and protect cognitive fitness. It includes and integrates proven approaches like optimal nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, social interaction, sleep, and stimulating activities.
The next edition of this weekend course is on offer on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd.
. Thereafter it will be offered on the third weekend of every month.
Day 1: ( Saturday) What is Cognition?
1.1: What is cognitive science?
1.3: Cognitive load, cognitive reserve and cognitive dissonance
1.4: Cognitive flexibility
1.5: Perspectives on Intelligence
Day 2: ( Sunday) Enhancing cognitive fitness
2.4: Introduction to NeuroScience
2.5: The nuts and bolts of better brains
4th weekend of the month: Learning Prescriptions
During the last year, it has become clear that we need new innovations in education. One such innovation is the “ Learning Prescription”. I had been earlier espousing the idea of a “ to learn” list in analogy to the “ to do “ list that is now well known in project implementation.
The five-hour rule was coined by Michael Simmons, founder of Empact, who has written about it widely. The concept is wonderfully simple: No matter how busy successful people are, they always spend at least an hour a day — or five hours a work week — learning or practicing. And they do this across their entire career. For more read here : ……https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/317602
When you make learning a habit, you’ll very likely be more successful and productive across different areas of your life. By investing in a reading habit, you can ensure you’re growing yourself — and your company — every day.
Prescriptions have a better possibility of being acted upon and followed, than mere advice or exhortations. I am developing this concept, as learning is eventually personalised.
The next edition of this weekend course is on Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th 2022. Thereafter it will be on offer every fourth weekend of the month.
Day 1: The Concept
1.1: What is ‘prescribed’ in education?
1.2: The elements of a medical prescription
1.3: The components of a ‘learning prescription’?
1.4: Types of ‘learning prescriptions’
1.5: Who should be giving ‘ learning prescriptions’?
Day 2: Examples of Learning Prescriptions
2.1: Anticipating the future
2.2: Building Learning Power
2.3: Clear Thinking
2.4: The Metaverse
2.5: Opportunity Cost
Enrolment and fee payment:
- As the courses are being delivered through WhatsApp the enrolment process is simply that of sending a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724.
- The fee for each of the above course is Rs 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
- For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is :
- Madan Mohan Pant
- HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon
- (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)
To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724