Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

Analyze This, Analyze That: A Reversing Entry Case

Analytical and problem solving skills are essential for not only forensic accountants but also traditional accountants (Davis, Farrel, and Ogilby 2014). The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) will in its tests increase focus on higher-order cognitive skills starting April 1, 2017. Those skills include, but are not limited to, analytical ability, critical thinking, problem solving, and professional skepticism, due to ongoing changes in the business world and impacts on the accounting profession from advancements in technology (AICPA, 2015). It is therefore important and imperative for accounting educators to cultivate an interest in learning among students, and grow Read More…


Lighting A Fire: Start Igniting College Student Motivation

This paper asserts that accounting students’ motivation is malleable and greatly influenced, both positively and negatively, by professor actions. It suggests professors make both intentional and inadvertent choices which influence behaviors and shape classroom motivation. Expectancy theory (Vroom, 1964) provides a framework and offers insight into specific actions professors can take (or halt) to increase student motivation and performance. This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses. Authors:
Janean S. Kleist, Ph.D., CPA, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
Deborah Read More…


Integrating Fraud in the Introductory Financial Accounting Course

Engaging the introductory financial accounting student remains an educational challenge, particularly given the importance of the course as a foundation for more advanced business studies. For the traditional accounting student, the lack of substantial employment experience can inhibit student learning. Students lose interest as they fail to see the relevance of a subject that appears to be unnecessary for all but future accounting professionals. The purpose of this paper is to present an instructional strategy that focuses on real issues in the workplace – where headlines reveal the increasing frequency of fraud. Using a fraud approach in introductory financial Read More…


AIR Fall 2016: Thirty-nine Years of Make-up Exams

“The makeup exam will live forever. During my 39 years of teaching Accounting, I have tried different methods for dealing with students missing and exam and wanting to take a makeup. I had an epiphany recently and thought I might share the idea with the rest of the academic accounting community. The idea is my new plan for dealing with makeup exams. Perhaps this method has been around for years and I am just way behind times. This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting Read More…


AIR Fall 2016 Needles Trends: Developing Highly Motivated Students

“The makeup exam will live forever. During my 39 years of teaching Accounting, I have tried different methods for dealing with students missing and exam and wanting to take a makeup. I had an epiphany recently and thought I might share the idea with the rest of the academic accounting community. The idea is my new plan for dealing with makeup exams. Perhaps this method has been around for years and I am just way behind times. This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting Read More…


MindTap® Renews English Instructor’s Trust in Digital Solutions at Liberty University

College instructors would rather focus on their teaching than have to deal with digital resource issues. Such was the case with English instructor Travis Holt, who found himself frustrated with his online English lab resource at Liberty University. Since switching to MindTap®, he no longer contends with such issues. “MindTap is much more user-friendly for instructors and for students, as shown by their higher engagement level,” he says. “I admit that my expectations were low given my previous experience, but MindTap exceeded them by far. The fact that everything in MindTap worked the way Cengage said it would work Read More…


Liberty University English Students Give MindTap a Special Shout-Out

It only took 20 minutes of hands-on experience for Virginia Dow to get hooked on MindTap. “It was so much easier to use than our existing digital product. I knew it would be much easier for my students,” says the Liberty University English instructor. She was right — her students reacted “extremely well” to the online resource, and for reasons that went beyond ease of use.

Students Credit MindTap for Course Success

“MindTap has been phenomenal for me and my students,” says Professor Dow. “One ESL student in developmental writing had missed a lot of answers on a test. She asked Read More…


What Research Reveals About Basic Human Needs and Interactions

The need to belong is one of humanity’s strongest driving forces. According to Roy F. Baumeister, Eppes Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, we are hardwired to desire acceptance. What happens when that need is blocked? In this month’s podcast, Dr. Baumeister recounted enlightening and surprising revelations from research into the effects of rejection on the human psyche. “Being rejected is like being bonked over the head with a two by four,” Dr. Baumeister said. He added that childhood rejection can make a person more susceptible to suffer from physical pain as an adult. Methods and results Read More…


Join Us! Cengage’s Election 2016 Virtual Symposium

Join us on Thursday November 10th, 2016 for some energetic and highly engaging discussions about this election season, hosted by expert Cengage American Government and History authors. Topics range from analyzing dynamics of the youth vote, investigating how Trump and Clinton got to the top, immigration and globalization, Texas politics, and more!

»To register, visit the Election 2016 Virtual Symposium page

Sessions will be happening throughout the day, beginning at 10am EST. You can come and go, attend when you are able from the comfort of your desk, come back to watch a recorded presentation–whatever suits your schedule. While you Read More…


MindTap for Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics

Confidence, momentum and audacity: these are three things that college students need to be successful learners. While math is often referred to as the universal language, it can present a barrier to students on their education and life journey. In fact, a recent survey found that 76 percent of students find math difficult. We’re here to help you create learning experiences that build confidence and elevate learning.

Focusing on the student

Three years ago, the Cengage Mathematics and Sciences team set out to find a way to make these subjects easier to learn. We believe that confidence comes from one success Read More…