Curriculum and Programs

A Letter from the Author of Graphic Design Solutions, 6th edition

Robin Landa holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the Michael Graves College at Kean University. She’s written 23 books and received numerous awards and honors from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the National League of Pen Women, Creativity, the ADCNJ and more. In addition to winning a Human Rights Educator Award, she was lauded by the Carnegie Foundation as among the “Great Teachers of Our Time.” She is a presenter and keynote speaker at international design conferences and presents at universities, judges design competitions, and is a co-chairperson of Design Incubation, an advocacy organization dedicated Read More…


Fall 2017 Accounting Instructor’s Report Table of Contents

The following articles are featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Accounting Instructor’s Report. Enjoy! Trends

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Use the Percentage-of-Completion Method as a Teaching Aid

Author: Kennard S. Brackney, Ph.D., Appalachian State University and Philip R. Witmer, Ph.D., Appalachian State University The percentage-of-completion method of accounting for long-term construction projects represents an important exception to the principle that revenue is not recognized until the associated performance obligation has been fully satisfied. This method remains relevant, despite the recent Accounting Standards Update (ASU) from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) that rewrites much of the existing guidance on revenue recognition. Our paper reviews the application of the percentage-of completion method and presents an Excel spreadsheet that can be used by instructors to help teach the Read More…


Make an Impact in Web-Based Principles of Accounting Courses

Author: Dr. Maureen Flores, Troy University This study investigates university-level students enrolled in Web-based Principles of Accounting I classes, with a focus on student learning style as defined by Dunn and Dunn’s Learning Style Inventory. The results of this study may help administrators better understand the online learning experience by providing more insight into academic success in Web-based accounting classes according to student learning style preferences. Results will also offer professors insights into helping students attain their learning goals through appropriate course design. Finally, students will be able to assess their personal academic success capability in the online learning Read More…


The Story of Three CPA Clients

Author: Mitchell Franklin, Le Moyne College and Kenneth Ernst, Le Moyne College Case studies are a method of teaching that most heavily focus on graduate education. As effective as case studies can be as a teaching tool, many undergraduate faculty members avoid their use due to the cost and time commitment involved to administer. Additionally, most case studies available are written at a level that is beyond the expected skill sets of undergraduate students. This paper provides an example of a teaching note that can apply real life cases to students at the undergraduate level, and explain how the Read More…


Grab Student Attention with Headlines for Financial Reporting Fraud

Author: Douglas K. Barney, Indiana University SE Business and accounting students love to hear stories of business activities that make the headlines. To grab students’ attention, get them interested in accounting, and help them understand financial reporting, discuss the following fraudulent financial reporting cases in class; and if you really want to enliven the presentations, use some props, talk about how the fraudsters were caught, and provide results of criminal outcomes. Paraphrase the following narrative and you are well on your way to exciting classroom presentations about financial reporting fraud. If you more interactive learning in your classroom, assign Read More…


Assess Outcomes in Cost Accounting

Author: Ronald R. Rubenfield, Robert Morris University Assessing outcomes has always been an integral part of an instructor’s educational responsibilities. Historically, assessment was a confidential matter not externally reported even in the aggregate. Recently, however, there has been a push from constituents such as trustees, potential students, government entities and accrediting organizations to document educational outcomes. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has been particularly out front in requiring assessment of learning as a reportable standard necessary in achieving and maintaining accreditation. This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips Read More…


Accounting Instructor’s Report: Fall 2017 Trends

Author: Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, DePaul University In the Spring 2017 issue of Accounting Instructors’ Report (AIR), my Trends piece addressed a specific way, the teaching technique called the Nominal Group Technique, for engaging millennials (those students born between 1982 and 2000) in first-year accounting. In this Trends, I address this issue more broadly. In exploring the issue of “engagement” I found that there is more attention given to “engaged employees” or workers and to the common traits of highly “engaged workers” (Try Googling “traits of engaged workers” to see) than to “engaged students”. In exploring this Read More…


Holy High-Tech: One Instructor’s Journey Through Digital Evaluation

I’d love to sit here and tell you that getting here today was easy. That it all fell into place without much effort. That I was able to take a backseat and watch it all happen before my eyes. It wouldn’t be the truth, though. As is the case with most instances of success, achieving it takes time and work. You’ve seen some of the digital options available to educators. Today, there are too many to count and far too many to test, pilot, or sit through a demo of. Plus, there are many factors to consider when evaluating Read More…


Learn How to Break Down Digital Barriers in Art History Instruction

Teaching art history from slide carousels might be a thing of a past, but the transition into digital doesn’t have to be difficult for faculty or students. Modern-age students now expect learning to be easily accessible, interactive and align clearly with the reading materials. Introducing MindTap—where those expectations are met through an approachable learning experience in a clearly organized digital format. Art History faculty at Genesee Community College have found that MindTap helps develop a unified teaching approach between multiple faculty teaching different course sections—especially when bridging traditional and online courses. GCC has integrated MindTap into most of our Read More…