Author: Paulette Stout

Making the Case for Creating Course Diagrams

Authors:

Kay E. Zekany, Ph.D., CMA, College of Business Administration, McNeese State University (Corresponding Author)
Mercy Palamuleni, Ph.D., College of Business Administration, McNeese State University

ABSTRACT

We have all heard the idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  And we frequently use a graphic in our research to illustrate the hypothesized relationships between the concepts we are studying.  But do we also use a picture or graphic to illustrate the flow of concepts in our courses?  We should.  This paper has several objectives: to explain what a course diagram is and why you should create one for each of Read More…


Big Data: Small Steps with Excel

Author:

Ting Jie (TJ) Wang, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Accounting, College of Busines, Governors State University Big data have attracted a lot of attention from both accounting profession and academics in the past several years. For instance, KPMG is partnering with Ohio State University and Villanova University in developing a master accounting degree program in data analytics (Lynch, 2017). Deloitte is in alliance with Intermountain Healthcare around big data and data analytics (McCann, 2013). Accounting literature shows that big data gain an important role in accounting since it has impacts on how data for financial and managerial accounting are measured and Read More…


A Proposal for Building Critical Thinking Skills for the New CPA Exam

Author:

Michael S. Wilson, PhD, CPA, CGMA, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) launched a new version of the Uniform CPA Exam on April 1, 2017.  Professional content knowledge will remain fundamental to protecting the public interest, but newly licensed CPA’s must also possess higher order cognitive skills (critical thinking, problem solving and analytical ability), professional skepticism, an understanding of ethical responsibilities, an understanding of the business environment, and effective communication skills, according to Tysiac 2016. Tysiac 2016, provides an example of changes to the exam by describing a document review simulation.  A Read More…


Required Knowledge and Skills of Business School Graduates: A New Concern

Author:

Suzanne N. Cory, Professor of Accounting, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas Skills that are essential for successful entry into the business world after college graduation have been discussed extensively in recent years. College administrators and faculty continuously strive to ensure their graduates have the skills and knowledge required in the business arena by updating and changing curricula. These update and changes are often the result of analyzing survey responses provided by employers of their graduates. Business school faculty then struggle to address concerns included in the survey responses about skills that are lacking in their graduates. As a Read More…


The Impact of Integrating a Publisher’s Digital Solution in Online and Offline Accounting Courses

Authors:

Consolacion L. Fajardo, DPA cfajardo@nu.edu
Sharon Lightner, PhD., slightner@nu.edu
National University
California, USA

Abstract:

This empirical research investigates the impact of integrating a publisher’s digital solution Connect into both online and onsite accounting courses. The objective is to enhance the students’
learning experience and performance by (1) assuring that students have all course resources prior to the start of class and (2) providing a mechanism for students to have immediate and more personalized feedback on work completed. Various tools in Connect available to faculty to facilitate learning include: LearnSmart (the adaptive learning component of Connect), homework assignments Read More…


Innovators Speak: Productive Struggle in QR

In the first of our Innovation Speaks series, Richard N. Aufmann, author and educator at Palomar College, sat down with us to discuss how the concept of Productive Struggle applies to Quantitative Reasoning in mathematics. How would you explain Productive Struggle? Productive Struggle is a commitment to a goal—to solve a problem (homelessness, for instance), or to learn a skill (play golf, play the piano or learn to code). There must be an acceptance that the goal will take time to reach and that small successes are motivating enough to continue. To commit to Productive Struggle, the end result must Read More…


The Journey to OER: A Panel Discussion

Affordability is an initiative higher education is confronting, spanning a host of areas including tuition and fees, and also, course materials. Supporting student retention, cost reduction and overall value is a strong focus at Cengage, says Cengage VP of Content Strategy, Cheryl Costantini, who hosted a panel discussion called “The Journey to OER.” It’s a strong focus for institutions, too. In our webinar, “The Journey to OER: A Panel Discussion,” learn what three experienced higher education professionals are saying about how schools can use resources effectively, one open textbook author’s insights on the OER market, and more.

How

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How to Achieve Better Learning with Technology

Technology is transforming learning, and institutions considering how to move forward have lots of compelling options. Just as instructors bring diverse experiences and expertise to class, so too do students vary in how they best absorb new knowledge. Smart use of technology can meet the needs of all—student, instructor, administrator—and still improve learning outcomes.

Better Learning Through Technology

Key benefits of a good digital choice will:
    Empower learners to be more engaged and confident in their course material
    Be flexible so instructors can personalize their lectures while also enabling customized student experiences
    Offer convenience and time savings, yet produce superior results

Success Story: Erie

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Study: Accounting Students Thrive with CengageNOWv2

There are myriad ways to study Accounting, but what’s the best way? A review of nearly 3,000 students using CengageNOWv2 from Cengage, found 82% said the online learning platform helped them better understand their Accounting course material.

Study Infographic

This infographic shares a good summary of the study findings, including key insights from students:
“Using CengageNOWv2 helped me understand how Accounting in business fit into the real world through the examples given.”
“I can understand the bigger picture with most concepts now, with the help of the amazing videos. That is hands down the best part of the CengageNOWv2 program.”

What is

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Calculus Student Upped Her Game with WebAssign

Alicia Colon, Sophomore at the University of Central Florida, loves the immediate feedback and personalized features in WebAssign for Calculus, as they’re perfectly tailored to her homework needs.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Alicia needed problem-specific help to improve understanding and complete homework assignments on time.

Solution: WebAssign for Calculus

Result: WebAssign enables multiple attempts on questions and gives instant feedback on wrong answers, reinforcing skills and helping Rebecca learn from her mistakes; she attributes her A to WebAssign

Read how Alicia elevated her performance with WebAssign for Calculus