Curriculum and Programs

Instructional Design 101 Part 6: Instructional Designer/Faculty Partnership

In previous posts in our Instructional Design 101 series, we’ve talked about what an instructional designer is and isn’t. An ID is not a subject matter expert or a faculty member. An ID is an expert in learning theory who can collaborate with your school’s faculty, consulting with subject matter experts along the way, to help ensure that students walk away from a course with a specific set of knowledge and skills. In this post, we’ll take a look at how the partnership between Cengage’s IDs and your school’s faculty works.

The ID’s role

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3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Data Analysis Tool for Your Intro Stats Class

By Christine Vasallo   There are a bevy of data analysis tool (DAT) options out there for Introductory Statistics instructors and their students—some are strictly online (Internet connection required), whereas others are desktop applications. Deciding which tool will enhance, not inhibit, a student’s comprehension of Intro Stats concepts takes some heavy analysis of its own.

Questions to Consider When Evaluating Data Analysis Tools

Here are a few questions to consider when you evaluate systems. They’re ones we’ve often heard instructors ask as they consider both their own teaching style and student population:

How much coding is required for my students to learn before they

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Webinar: How to Help College Students Relate to World Events

Helping students connect their personal lives to real world events is no easy feat, but it is especially important in international relations courses. As an international relations instructor, how do you engage your students and help them make a more personal connection between their own lives, significant historic events and their influence on and connection to current world events? College students may be aware of the current political climate driven by the United States’ election. They may have seen and read articles on Brexit and the Syrian refugee situations in Aleppo on Twitter or Facebook. But, world politics go beyond Read More…


Providing Constructive Feedback to Student Research Papers

As students turn in their first essays and research papers for the spring semester, it can be challenging to provide the type of feedback that will most help your students improve throughout the course. While college students are shown to value individualized comments on student essays, finding the balance of how to provide feedback without overwhelming or exasperating is difficult. Consider these tips for providing constructive feedback that will improve their writing over the course of the semester—making your job of evaluating their writing that much easier when it comes time for finals.

Goals for written feedback comments

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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…


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…