Students, Learning, and Teaching

by John Bandler

I do a lot of teaching, and then came to the realization that my "non teaching" work also involves trying to help people understand things better so they can make good decisions. So it made sense to create a page on this topic. I teach a number of courses in many places so it is helpful for me and my students to have content that relates to my teaching here. I speak a lot and it is helpful to have resources to supplement my talk.  And when I provide legal or consulting services it is important to properly inform clients so that they can make good decisions.

Here are links to articles relating to my teaching:

Teaching in academic institutions

I have taught, or currently teach, or have built courses on the following topics for higher educational institutions:

  • Law and Information Systems
  • Cyberlaw
  • Private Security and Law
  • Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigations
  • Cybercrime

Those courses cover a lot of areas of law, including:

  • Foundations of law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Privacy
  • Data breach reporting
  • Contract
  • Negligence
  • Intellectual property

As a teacher I need to teach the material, motivate students to put in effort, assign readings and weekly assignments and a final paper. Having spoken and taught I knew there was a need for certain written materials, and I have helped fill that need. I wrote a book on cybercrime investigation that covers all the legal basics and I have written many articles spanning a range of topics. After teaching at the law school, graduate, and undergraduate levels I see how important it is for students to improve their learning and writing skills, so I have written articles on that.

Speaking and training

I speak a lot, including at conferences, for organizations, or trainings. The topics include:

Every time I speak or train I am trying to convey information that will benefit the audience. Ahead of a speaking engagement, I know something about the audience, but you can never know everything, nor can one perfectly tailor the material to every person there, and every talk must fit the allotted time. Inevitably, some material will be covered too briefly or simply for some who desire more detail, and other material will be either too introductory or too complex for some audience members. My solution is that at the end of every presentation are links where they can find additional materials if they desire. Chances are I have written a short article on the topic, or even a book. I also sometimes create event pages on this site, so that all links are readily available.

Services (legal services and consulting services)

Every time I provide services to a client, part of my job is informing them and advising them and empowering them to make sound decisions. The decisions remain theirs to make -- I can only advise -- so that means I may need to convince and educate them as to what is the proper decision path to take. Here are some examples of how informing others is important to those services:

  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention. The first pillar of Bandler's Four Pillars of Cybersecurity is knowledge because end users and managers and executives make cybersecurity decisions all the time. Good knowledge and risk management leads to good decisions.
    • Almost every cybercrime and cybersecurity failure can be traced back to a bad decision.
    • Executives, managers, and end-users can make poor decisions if they do not properly understand threats and ways to counter them.
    • Every cybersecurity framework, and nearly every cybersecurity law and regulation requires organizations to have a cybersecurity program which includes training of employees.
  • Risk management. Making decisions to manage risk (including cybercrime, cybersecurity, and legal risk) requires solid understanding of what the risks are, and effective ways to manage them.
  • Legal decisions. Legal strategy and tactics also relate to risk management. Knowledge and understanding potential outcomes is the best way to make good decisions. This requires the attorney to properly inform the client, and then the client hopefully makes a good decision after weighing all factors.
  • People and organizations are busy and resources (time and funds) are limited. With knowledge of cybercrime, cybersecurity, and legal requirements, it becomes clearer that cybersecurity improvements are needed.

This website

This website is just a starting point for you.

For me, it has become a place for me to organize my thoughts and content and make it available for others, including students, attendees of my talks, clients, potential clients, or or anyone else in need of objective reasoned information about the topics covered here. This entire website is about learning and teaching, and it is all free.

Since my site is just a starting point, I provide links and citations for those inclined to do deeper research, and you have the Internet and libraries and other resources available to you for furthering your research and learning.

This article is hosted at https://johnbandler.com/students-teaching-learning. Copyright John Bandler all rights reserved.

Originally posted 1/2/2022. Updated 06/26/2022.