Engagement and Motivation

Winter 2018 AIR Newsletter

The following articles are featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Accounting Instructor’s Report. Enjoy!

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Making the Case for Creating Course Diagrams

Authors:

Kay E. Zekany, Ph.D., CMA, College of Business Administration, McNeese State University (Corresponding Author)
Mercy Palamuleni, Ph.D., College of Business Administration, McNeese State University

ABSTRACT

We have all heard the idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  And we frequently use a graphic in our research to illustrate the hypothesized relationships between the concepts we are studying.  But do we also use a picture or graphic to illustrate the flow of concepts in our courses?  We should.  This paper has several objectives: to explain what a course diagram is and why you should create one for each of Read More…


Big Data: Small Steps with Excel

Author:

Ting Jie (TJ) Wang, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Accounting, College of Busines, Governors State University Big data have attracted a lot of attention from both accounting profession and academics in the past several years. For instance, KPMG is partnering with Ohio State University and Villanova University in developing a master accounting degree program in data analytics (Lynch, 2017). Deloitte is in alliance with Intermountain Healthcare around big data and data analytics (McCann, 2013). Accounting literature shows that big data gain an important role in accounting since it has impacts on how data for financial and managerial accounting are measured and Read More…


A Proposal for Building Critical Thinking Skills for the New CPA Exam

Author:

Michael S. Wilson, PhD, CPA, CGMA, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) launched a new version of the Uniform CPA Exam on April 1, 2017.  Professional content knowledge will remain fundamental to protecting the public interest, but newly licensed CPA’s must also possess higher order cognitive skills (critical thinking, problem solving and analytical ability), professional skepticism, an understanding of ethical responsibilities, an understanding of the business environment, and effective communication skills, according to Tysiac 2016. Tysiac 2016, provides an example of changes to the exam by describing a document review simulation.  A Read More…


Required Knowledge and Skills of Business School Graduates: A New Concern

Author:

Suzanne N. Cory, Professor of Accounting, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas Skills that are essential for successful entry into the business world after college graduation have been discussed extensively in recent years. College administrators and faculty continuously strive to ensure their graduates have the skills and knowledge required in the business arena by updating and changing curricula. These update and changes are often the result of analyzing survey responses provided by employers of their graduates. Business school faculty then struggle to address concerns included in the survey responses about skills that are lacking in their graduates. As a Read More…


Engaging Today’s Millennial (and Other Students) Part III

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ENGAGING TODAY’S MILLENNIAL (AND OTHER) STUDENTS: PART III OR THE TIMING OF YOUR CLASSES CAN MEAN EVERYTHING Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, CMA
Editor, Accounting Instructors’ Report
EY Distinguished Profess of Accounting
School of Accountancy
DePaul University

In the past AIR Trends (Spring 2017 and Fall 2017), I address Engaging Today’s Millennial (and other students) first through use of the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) and second through understanding what students want in an instructor. In this Trends, I address the effect of class timing and its effect on student performance.(1) The performance of students in your classes Read More…


Boost Student Writing Using NetTutor with MindTap English

Faculty Partner, Audrey Wick, is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas Student engagement and collaboration are important in an academic environment, especially to help students produce quality writing. Part of the writing process involves students being able to obtain, understand, and use feedback. To help them do this, I incorporate NetTutor through MindTap. It’s #JustOneThing I can do with my developing writers. NetTutor qualified tutors work in on-ground centers in Florida and Arizona to provide digital feedback. They give my students a rich, informed voice of writing expertise to help them develop their skills while my students never Read More…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: Just In Time Plus

Kina Lara, an adjunct English instructor at San Jacinto College, shares how incorporating Just In Time Plus has vastly improved students’ understanding in Freshman Composition. Course redesign initiatives in freshman composition are happening all across the country, with the co-requisite model being one of the most popular. These co-req courses come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: Comp I students are coming in at lower and more varying levels. In my Comp I (and even Comp II) courses at a two-year community college, I’ve seen this emerge over and over again as a common theme. Read More…


The Whole View—Building Student Success with the MindTap Progress App

As a Professor of English at Blinn College, it is crucial to bolster and maintain my students’ performance. If there were #JustOneThing I could recommend to my peers, it would be the MindTap Progress App.

What Does the Progress App Do?

The Progress App enables me to reach out individually at the beginning of the semester and at midterms to students who may not understand what I expect of them in my online class. Using the Analytics Tab, I can see which students are not fully engaged in the class, how much time they are spending on course work, Read More…


Investing in Education Helps Award-Winning McDonald’s Owner Double Employee Retention

As one of the largest employers in Southern Illinois, John Moreland knows the importance of providing employees with opportunities for growth and advancement. For that reason, Moreland—who owns 14 McDonald’s restaurants with wife Mary Moreland and daughter Stephanie Bishop as the Moreland/Bishop Organization—has encouraged and supported his employees to participate in the Archways to Opportunity program. To date, the Moreland/Bishop Organization has had more employees participate in the program than any other McDonald’s group. A total of 75 employees have participated in the program, including three who have earned their high school diplomas as a result.

Creating a competitive edge

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