Leigh Faulkner

Building a better world, one learner at a time…

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Courses I've created:
  • Get Your Point Across: Reacting Thoughtfully in Writing
  • Walk the Talk: Communicating for Success
  • Instructing Multilevel Adult Groups (Successful Facilitation of Adult Learning Groups)
  • Writing an Effective Desk Research Paper
  • The Outstanding Student's Skill Kit
  • iPad Video Production with Playback

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Get Your Point Across: Reacting Thoughtfully in Writing
(Available on Skillshare. Here's the link: http://skl.sh/2y6jNGQ)

Do you find communication challenging — especially ethical, thoughtful communication?

We’re inundated with people’s ideas and opinions every time we go on the Internet or read print media. It’s been found that reaction to these ideas and opinions is often either to simply agree or disagree, and, further, that the strength of disagreement or agreement may well depend on how firmly the reader already holds the ideas or opinions.

This is not very productive, since there is no real communication. Real communication — ethical, thoughtful communication — is dynamic and goes deeper.

Going deeper is what this course — “Get Your Point Across: Reacting Thoughtfully in Writing” — will help you accomplish.

Walk the Talk: Communicating for Success
(Available on Udemy)

New! This course is also available on Skillshare as Communicating for Success. Here's the link:

There are three main takeaways from Communicating for Success:
  1. A deep understanding of the oral communication process
  2. A deep understanding of how to interpret oral communication events
  3. A deep understanding of how to communicate for positive results

Communicating for Success achieves the course goals through an examination of a number of topics, specifically:
  • The Communication Process
  • Barriers to Communication
  • Empathic Listening
  • Body Language
  • Self-awareness
  • The Johari Window
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Formal Feedback
  • Informal Feedback
  • Checking the Message
  • Open-ended and Closed Questions
  • How Much Information is Enough?
  • Communication Styles
  • Personality Types
  • Intergenerational Communication

A very special part of the course is the extensive developmental activities designed to help you turn your new knowledge into useable skills. Also, you will be encouraged to keep a Communication Journal that will be, among other things, a record of your unique journey to your communication goals.

Writing an Effective Desk Research Paper
(Available on Udemy)

Desk research papers are widely assigned in college and university. This course gives you detailed guidance in creating a first quality desk research paper –– the kind of guidance that you may not get in any of your classes.

The course consists of 39 video lectures, starting with assignment analysis and ending with polishing the final paper. Crucial stages of the paper development process –– such as, for example, developing a narrow topic, writing an effective thesis statement or research question, identifying sources, carrying out targeted research, information analysis, proper citation, peer editing, revision, and rewriting –– are all explained and demonstrated in almost five hours of video. In addition, over 800 pages of supplementary materials are provided for download.

This course is designed for college and university students, but would be an excellent preparatory course for high school students going on to further study –– especially if undertaken with the support of a teacher.

Instructing Multilevel Adult Groups

(Available on Udemy)

Instructing groups of diverse adult learners is a special field –– different in significant ways from instruction in an institutional academic setting. The adult learner brings to the learning situation many strengths, as well as needs, that the instructor must understand and take into account.

A crucial consideration for the instructor is his or her own role, which is vastly different from that of the traditional teacher. This course provides the guidance for the instructor to adapt to the new role.

This course consists of 26 carefully focused video lectures.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Learner diversity
  • Characteristics and needs of adult learners
  • Collaborative learning
  • The instructor as facilitator
  • Problem-based learning
  • Effective group structure and dynamics
  • Effective collaborative tasks
  • The power of formative assessment

You'll also find this course as
Successful Facilitation of Adult Learning Groups on ChalkStreet.

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The Outstanding Student’s Skill Kit
(Available on Udemy)

A study skills course for the college or university student – and high school students planning further studies would certainly find this valuable!

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iPad Video Production with Playback
(Free on Udemy)

Have an iPad? You know, of course, that you can make videos with the built-in cameras. But did you know that you can do even more sophisticated videos? If you're an instructor, then you may want to explore the possibilities when you use the iPad and the video production app Playback (by Liion).

This eight-tutorial course takes you through all the stages to create videos you'll be proud to share.

And, it's free!

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