Leigh Faulkner

Building a better world, one learner at a time…

Blended Learning

I had the pleasure of leading a roundtable discussion of blended learning at the annual general meeting of the Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia (AWENS).

Attached is the handout I used to initiate discussion of the possible application of blended learning to workplace education programs. It was an interesting discussion, with some very useful ideas being put forward.

Academic Rigour


A Few Notes on Time Management



  • Plan two study hours for every hour you spend in class.
  • Study difficult (or boring) subjects first.
  • Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.
  • Be aware of your best time of day.
  • Use waiting time.
  • Use a regular study area.

And . . .
  • Choose a place that minimizes visual and auditory distractions.
  • Use the library or empty classrooms. Get out of a noisy dorm.
  • Don’t get too comfortable. Sit (or even stand) so that you can remain awake and attentive.
  • Find a better place when productivity falls off.

And also . . .
You and the outside world...
  • Pay attention to your attention.
  • Agree with roommates about study time.
  • Avoid noise distractions.
  • Notice how others misuse your time.
  • Get off the phone.
  • Learn to say “No .”
  • Hang a “Do Not Disturb!” sign on your door.

Hints from Pauk & Owens (
How to Study in College, 10th Edition, 2010, Boston: Wadsworth Cengage) for finding “hidden time”
  • Carry pocket work
  • Use your mind when it’s free
  • Record study information
  • Employ spare-time thinking
  • Use your subconscious

How can you change your time habits?
Pauk & Owens suggest
  • Defy Parkinson’s Law (Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.)
  • Obey your alarm clock
  • Limit E-mail & Internet time
  • Take “Time out”
  • Listen to your body
  • Keep a notepad handy

The Pareto Principle
Also called the 80/20 rule
– In any list, 80% of the value lies in only 20% of the items
The lesson?
– Prioritize your list and do the most important items first

Multi-Dimensional Learning

Frustrated by spending hours studying but not getting the results you want?

Familiar story. All too familiar. And some people never manage to get beyond. Never manage to take it to a higher level.


Because they’re using the wrong study techniques. Simple as that. They look at “studying” as a one-dimensional process.

Which it isn’t. Studying is multi-dimensional. That’s MULTI. And it’s situational––how you study depends on what you’re studying and what you want to get from it. It’s a conscious process––a decision-making process at every step. And it’s got structure.

One of the purposes of this blog is to help you with the skills you need for effective studying. The techniques and organizers I’ll be talking about work individually and in combination. Part of the effectiveness results from the structure imposed on your studies by using techniques and organizers that relate to the structure of the information you want to learn AND to the way your mind organizes information. By bringing these together, you can, quite simply, turn your studies into high performance learning.