Leigh Faulkner

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Four of the courses I've created:

  • Successful Facilitation of Adult Learning Groups
  • Writing an Effective Desk Research Paper
  • Managing Metaphor: A Guide to Understanding English Like a Native Speaker
  • The Dynamic Learning Strategies Workshop

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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.

Successful Facilitation of Adult Learning 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

Managing Metaphor: A Guide to Understanding English Like a Native Speaker
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Available on Udemy)

This course is designed to give you a special window into the English language. I think you'll see English -- and be able to understand and use English -- in a new way.

The so-called "metaphor as conceptual mapping" explanation of the metaphor-making process is central to the examination of common metaphors throughout the course and will give you a method of interpreting new metaphors as you meet them.

The course begins with a series of videos about some of the "top-level metaphors" that provide the central relationships that control the formation of hundreds of the specific-level metaphors we use daily. The work of George Lakoff is featured in one video. It is a bit theoretical, but helpful in understanding "metaphor as concept-mapping."

To make the conceptual-mapping process clearer, several specific, commonplace metaphors are examined. This section could be almost endless, so the metaphors examined are only a small representation. In the future, additional videos may be added to this section.

The Internet has become a rich focus of metaphors. A section consisting of four videos provides a glimpse of this fertile field and, hopefully, will stimulate a deeper examination of the creative thinking that goes into Internet-related metaphor-making.

The final section examines so-called "orientational metaphors,” those with prepositions at their core. The common pairs "up & down" and "in & out" are used to show both process and variety of basic-level metaphors. This section could contain many, many more videos, and it's possible that more will be added in the future.

Throughout the course, project suggestions are given, with the invitation to share the results with others taking the course. These projects provide the opportunity to practice what has been learned, to extend the learning in a meaningful way, and to contribute to the learning of others.

The Dynamic Learning Strategies Workshop
(Available on Udemy)

As important as learning strategies are, they don’t always get as much attention as they should. Perhaps you are in an educational system where learning strategies aren’t receiving as much attention as you think they should. If that’s the case, then I invite you to examine the curriculum for this course and identify the topics and strategies where your enhanced knowledge and proficiency would boost your productivity.

There’s another side to this, too. If you have the skills to do the assignments, your confidence will naturally be higher. There will be less stress. Life will be a lot easier.
















Writing an Effective Desk Research Paper

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Successful Facilitation of Adult Learning Groups

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Managing Metaphor

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The Dynamic Learning Strategies Workshop

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