Author Archives: Wayland Chau

About Wayland Chau

Post-secondary educator involved in teaching and course design for face-to-face and online learning.

Interaction

What do students need and want? As educators, professors grapple with this question for much of our professional lives.  One way of answering the question is to focus on a list of core competencies such as Tony Wagner’s seven survival … Continue reading

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Parents Talking to Professors

Given the growing prevalence of so-called helicopter parents, the meeting of parents and professors has become more common.  Although I have never had the pleasure yet of speaking to a parent of one of my students, I have witnessed such … Continue reading

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The Less I Talk, The More Effective I Am

I have come to the realization: The less I talk, the more effective I am.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the sound of my voice just as much as any other professor.  I also have a vast store of … Continue reading

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Follow up: Research Wiki

In a previous post, I talked about trying “research wikis” for an assignment in one of my classes last semester.  I wanted to test the thinking that, since information is now a commodity, what matters is what you are able to do … Continue reading

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Reflective Prof YouTube Channel

I have created YouTube channel with a series of short videos on various legal and tax concepts. These videos are animated PowerPoints with narration (by me). Check it out. Here is one of the videos:    

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Research Wiki

Everyone says that information is now a commodity and that what matters is what you are able to do with information. Almost any information (but not all) is only a few Google searches away. With that thought in mind, I … Continue reading

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New Semester, New Challenges

This semester will present some new challenges for me.  These challenges will definitely be a lot of work, but, hopefully, will also be fun and interesting. I am doing three “firsts” this semester: For the first time, I am teaching … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution

I recently attended a faculty meeting at which a TED talk by education guru Tony Wagner was shown. Wagner spoke about 7 skills that students need to succeed in today’s society: 1. Problem-solving and critical thinking 2. Collaboration across networks and leading by … Continue reading

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Sharing

In this festive season, we freely share our good cheer and, not to mention, our wealth with others. Sharing is the one of the most valued of human qualities. Our ability to share and work cooperatively is what distinguishes us … Continue reading

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Excuses, Excuses: “I missed the exam because….”

We’ve all heard them: “My grandma died”, “I was vomiting all last night”, “My third cousin had a wedding”, “I had pink eye”, ….   If I was a grandparent of a college/university student, I would be afraid for my … Continue reading

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