Protecting Sight #272: Why MOOCs matter. Phaco polishing & nystagmus. Morning Pages, Showtime’s Billions, and What Really Matters.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter. “2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter — as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.” (

This is a remarkable & prescient Ted talk. Online courses have transformed opportunities for lifelong learning.

2. Cataract Surgery – Dr. Neto Rosatelli – Phaco Clip #128​ – Soft Cortical and Cortex Phacoaspiration

Nice case.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Nystagmus.

Dr. Lee’s neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes and filled with high-yield pearls.

4. The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish – #83 Brian Koppelman: What Really Matters. “Writer and director Brian Koppelman discusses his career ups and downs, dealing with fear, and learning to live a meaningful life.”

Excellent podcast episode from the creator of Billions (Showtime). I love the writing process he describes, Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages, which I need to try!

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