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Podcast: How Instructors Can Help Students Bridge Skill Gaps

College instructors spend most of their classroom time on content and often feel as if there is not enough time to cover everything. So the idea of adding more subjects to the mix can be daunting. Yet that is what Dr. Tanya Martini of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario is suggesting. According to Dr. Martini, our graduates have a skills gap. They graduate without sufficient understanding of necessary career skills such as communication, collaboration, leadership, creativity and empathy. Along with the skills and knowledge of their profession, these are the transferable career skills that employers look for in Read More…


The Value of Open Educational Resources

Guest Contributor: Jonathan Mott, Chief Learning Officer
Learning Objects, A Cengage Company When we set about improving learning, we generally begin with some notion of what we want to be better or different for our students. If our focus is on student achievement, we might invest more in instruction, technology, or materials designed to yield better outcomes. Alternatively, if our primary objective is to lower cost, we might look at ways to reduce institutional investments in a program or we might directly reduce student expenditures by replacing current materials with lower-cost alternatives or OER (free and openly licensed educational Read More…


Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2016: Table of Contents

TRENDSThe Big Picture: Accounting Education In The 1980s And Its Relevance For Today
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA ARTICLES Teaching Intermediate Accounting: FASB’s Simplification Initiative
Dr. Thomas H. Oxner University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Karen M. Oxner University of Central Arkansas “The Effect Of Using Software To Teach The Accounting Cycle In An Introductory Accounting Course
Janean S. Kleist, Ph.D., CPA College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
Michelle Li-Kuehne College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University “Supplemental Instruction (Si): An Academic Support Program
Jim Goldstein, Canisius College
Paul Sauer, Canisius College “Read More…


Teaching Intermediate Accounting: FASB’S Simplification Initiative

In June 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced a Simplification Initiative with two related goals: reduce unnecessary complexity of financial reporting and improve (or at least maintain) its decision usefulness. Unlike many accounting pronouncements, most of these simplification projects are limited in scope and relatively short in duration (FASB 2014). Due to publishing cycles, Intermediate Accounting textbooks may not include these changes, although accounting professors should include them in their course materials. The purpose of this article is to highlight Simplification Initiative updates which are relevant to Intermediate Accounting I and/or II, as well as provide a Read More…


The Effect of Using Software to Teach the Accounting Cycle in an Introductory Accounting Course

Faculty are increasing their use of technology to deliver content inside and outside of the classroom. Millennial college students embrace technology and enjoy variety in their classroom experiences. As suggested by Jeff Nevid in his paper, Teaching the Millennials, “One way of adapting the classroom is to integrate technology as a learning tool, not as a replacement of effective teaching.” Our department implemented Solid Footing accounting software in our introductory accounting course to further students’ understanding of the accounting cycle. To investigate the effectiveness of Solid Footing, we examined 12 years of data to assess the accounting software’s impact Read More…


Supplemental Instruction (SI): An Academic Support Program

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets challenging courses through voluntary peer-led group sessions outside the classroom. Given the proven success of SI, it is important that instructors understand how to increase student participation in the program. This paper examines the results of Goldstein et al. (2014), which was the first study to analyze factors that lead to student participation in SI programs for introductory accounting courses. Our purpose in doing so is to provide accounting instructors practical strategies to increase SI participation. It also extends the work of Goldstein et al. (2014) by introducing Read More…


Advice for College Students and Faculty on the New CPA Exam

Beginning with the April 2017 testing window the CPA exam will undergo significant changes, predicted to make the exam more difficult and test higher levels of learning and application than the current CPA exam, but also provide a more accurate measure of whether CPA candidates are ready for a career in accounting. These changes will pose a challenge to students seeking to pass the exam, but provide accounting faculty and accounting programs an opportunity to adjust course delivery and learning objectives to effectively close gaps between education, the CPA These changes will pose a challenge to students seeking to Read More…


Accounting Instructors’ Reports: Winter 2017 Trends

Sometimes in teaching beginning accounting, we focus so much on the nuts and bolts of financial statements, recording transactions, and learning the accounting standards that we forget to put the topic in the context of students careers. Students in their twenties will likely spend 35 years or more in the workforce. If they are successful they will reach positions of substantial authority in industry or public accounting in 10 or 15 years. Their world will look very different than the one that most of we instructors faced when we were of similar age. In the recent years, I have Read More…


How to Build Decision-Making Skills with MindTap

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM
Criminal Justice Online Program Chair at Broadview University Developing tomorrow’s decision makers in criminal justice is certainly a tall order. But, this is one challenge I take very seriously, as do most instructors. One of my biggest challenges is finding effective ways to engage my students and build their decision-making skills because I know how critical this will be to their success as a criminal justice professional. As an online criminal justice program chair, I want to design a learning experience that helps empower my students to reach their potential and Read More…


3 Things Stats Instructors and Students Taught Cengage

Guest contributor: Michael Saver, Cengage Statistics Over the past few years, the Statistics team at Cengage has been involved in research with thousands of instructors and students, listening intently to the needs on both sides. We’ve learned a great deal about how students approach their Statistics courses and how instructors teach it. Coincidentally enough, we’ve found that both are looking for a lot of the same things. Here are three of our biggest takeaways from the research that helped shape our new Stats in Practice videos, one of the key features in WebAssign.

Students need to make the connection

“We Read More…