Efficacy and research

Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…

Summer 2018 AIR Newsletter

The following articles are featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Accounting Instructor’s Report. Enjoy!         TRENDS & TOPICS  The Relationship between Accounting Students’ Personality, Professional Skepticism and Anticipatory Socialization Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, CMA Editor, Accounting Instructors’ Report (AIR), DePaul University   Creating a Rubric with Specific Tasks: an Effective Strategy for Beginning Accounting Projects Michael J. Krause MS, CPA (NY & IN), Professor Emeritus, Le Moyne College   Balanced and Efficient Summative Peer Evaluation In Group Work in Accounting Education Tom Downen & Steven Leerberg, University of North Carolina Wilmington    A Common-Sense Approach to Teaching Cost Variances: No Cheat Sheets Required Margaret N. Read More…

Knocking Out Student Misunderstandings On Applying Manufacturing Overhead


James M Emig, PhD, CPA, Villanova University Robert P Derstine, PhD, CPA, West Chester University Thomas J Grant, Sr., M.B.A., CMA, Kutztown University Many schools schedule managerial accounting after students have completed the financial accounting course. For those students not exactly enamored with their experience in financial accounting, imagine their ‘delight’ in now being forced to take your managerial accounting course. It can be a struggle to get those students to do little more than ‘memorize’ and be satisfied with just surviving the course. Using our combined 125+ years of teaching experience, we have developed ‘tricks and techniques’ to make Read More…

A Common Sense Approach to Teaching Cost Variances: No Cheat Sheets Required


Margaret N. Boldt, Ph.D., CMA, College of Business, Southeastern Louisiana University This paper presents an alternative way of presenting cost variance calculations that helps students correctly solve typical cost variance problems and focus on the size of the variances rather than the labels of ‘favorable’ and ‘unfavorable’. This method uses three modifications to traditional methods of instruction to avoid some common pitfalls that may lead students to incorrectly perceive unfavorable variances as negative and needing attention while favorable variances are positive and do not need attention. The three suggested modifications to traditional instruction are easily implemented with any existing course Read More…

Creating a Rubric with Specific Tasks: an Effective Strategy for Beginning Accounting Projects


Michael J. Krause MS, CPA, (NY & IN), Professor Emeritus, Le Moyne College To accomplish a project’s desired learning outcomes, a well-designed rubric becomes the principal task organizer and the key student motivator. During project development or during a prototype test, the rubric could contain broad generally described tasks. However, once an author/instructor has obtained experience with a learning event, the rubric can best function with exact performance tasks especially when assignments target undergraduate beginning accounting students. With more advanced academic study and relevant work (intern) experience, undergraduate beginning accounting students are better able to benefit from the alternative of Read More…

The Relationship between Accounting Students’ Personality, Professional Skepticism and Anticipatory Socialization


Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, CMA, School of Accountancy, DePaul University   Professional skepticism is an essential component of every audit. It is the foundation for detecting fraud and maintaining an independent attitude (AICPA, 2002). There has been an increased emphasis on professional skepticism in the last decade due to the large-scale accounting fraud cases that were the catalyst for regulatory reforms such as Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) in the US, increasing complexities transactions and the expanded use of estimates and fair value which require more accounting judgement. The lack of professional skepticism has been the case of the majority of Read More…

Q&A: Better Grades and Improved Time Management with MindTap

Carly Stacey, a Texas Christian University freshman and future attorney, is learning what it’s like to be on her own for the first time. Adjusting to life as an independent person has been difficult, but MindTap has helped alleviate some of that pressure.


Carly has found she’s often required to use technology that isn’t helpful in comprehending classroom material.


MindTap for Criminal Justice


MindTap prompts deeper concept comprehension and resulted in improved academic performance for Carly.

Read more of the Q&A with Carly on how MindTap has helped her become more independent.


Q&A: Student Athlete Overcomes Time Management Challenges with MindTap

Bailey Sullivan, a freshman student athlete at Texas Christian University and physical therapy major, struggles to manage time as she balances completing assignments, going to track practice and getting enough sleep. We sat down together and discussed how MindTap for Criminal Justice improved that. Challenge As a freshman student athlete, Bailey struggles to manage time and feels pressure to excel on and off the field. Solution MindTap for Criminal Justice Result Bailey’s engagement and comprehension improved, and she considers herself a better student now thanks to MindTap. Find out more about how MindTap helped Bailey find balance with schoolwork and extracurricular Read More…

CengageNOWv2 Saves Trees, Makes Learning a Breeze and Delivers Results

Andrea N. Aviles Colton, a full-time student at University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon Bayamon, Puerto Rico, started using CengageNOWv2 when her Accounting professor assigned it to her class. Find out how it eventually became her best friend.


Andrea struggled to find time to go over course material while deepening her understanding of it.




Andrea dramatically improved her grades and reduced paper consumption with the user-friendly platform—plus it made studying fun!

Read Andrea’s full story on how CengageNOWv2 proved to be a successful product for her.


Students Make Their Voices Heard on CengageNOWv2 Experience

Nearly 3,000 students across the country use CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes. We asked them to tell us about their experience—let’s find out what they had to say.

Covering 668 schools—a mix of two-year and four-year institutions and face-to-face, online or blended formats—2,871 students shared what they think about CengageNOWv2. The results included favorable opinions to the questions they were asked about their experience.

Click over to the infographic for more detailed information on what students are saying about CengageNOWv2.