Engagement and Motivation

5 Tips to Engage Your Introduction to Business Students

  Want to capture the attention of your Introduction to Business students? Check out the following five tips to engage your students and increase success in class — and beyond. Tip 1: Make Content Applicable to Students’ Daily Lives Incorporating hot topics in business from Amazon, to AI, to the #MeToo movement, helps students relate course concepts to their everyday lives.  The Cengage Higher Ed Faculty Community provides articles related to discipline content that you can bring in for classroom discussion.  From reviewing new branding strategies in Marketing Dunkin’ to learning about the Worst Read More…

Increasing Engagement with Digital Resources

Author:  Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Cornell University How do you engage a class of more than 450 students with varying academic backgrounds and vastly different interests in the subject? This is the challenge I face every fall semester when I offer Introductory Microeconomics. I approach this question from the following perspective: students come to class on the first day because they have to come. They come to class the rest of the semester because they want to come. It’s hard for us to imagine why a student wouldn’t want to come to class! As instructors, most of us enjoyed going to Read More…

Icebreakers and Topic Starters

By: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, Faculty in Communication Studies at Ashland University – Ohio Icebreakers often come with a dreaded connotation that implies frivolous activities done on the first day of class with limited benefits to student learning. Consider that one icebreaker—”introduce yourself and tell us one interesting thing about yourself”—that is used over and over while yielding little enthusiasm or class engagement. Yet, semester after semester, we pull that icebreaker out and use it again. Why? Because we want to start the semester off by fostering student connection and community. This Read More…

Effective Assessments: Objectives, Goals, and Results

By: Dr. Jenny Billings – Chair of English and Study Skills, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Cengage Faculty Partner   As someone who majored in and teaches English, I surprise others by how into numbers and data, I actually am. I have always been careful, curious, and strategic; I am always anticipating the outcome, what an action will yield. That’s a trait I have in common with my best friend, who actually teaches Mathematics.

Creating SMART Goals in Higher Ed Courses

While earning my doctorate, I took a class on data-driven decisions and one on planning and assessment. The combination of these classes Read More…

Three Steps to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Rated KR (Keeping It Real)

 By: Essie Childers, Education Professor at Blinn College – Texas   Let’s take a moment to step away from facts around student retention, building facilities, growing partnerships and enrollment numbers. Albeit, those topics are truly important and can be found on any college or university’s agenda. What about adding to the agenda expected classroom experiences to promote student learning. The secret is out—instructors are at the “front door” to facilitate student learning; they also help promote retention and build enrollment. How? This is possible when instructors become culturally responsive teachers.

What IS Culturally Responsive Teaching?

“Culturally responsive teaching occurs when there is 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…

Innovators Speak: Reflecting on Mathematics Redesign

Jeff Hughes, an author and educator at Hinds Community College in Tennessee, has been involved with course redesign in Mathematics since it was first implemented on his campus. Now, he shares his thoughts in the third of our Innovators Speak series. Please describe your experience with the corequisite model and/or Quantitative Reasoning. My community college began piloting a corequisite model in two sections of College Algebra and two sections of Quantitative Reasoning during the fall of 2016.  Since that time, we have expanded it and have sections offered on four of our six campuses.  I was involved at the very Read More…

Innovators Speak: Implementing Corequisites in Texas

For the second installation of our Innovators Speak series, we asked Dr. Rebecca Goosen about her experience implementing the corequisite model in Texas. She is a developmental educator and administrator at the forefront of course redesign, and took some time to share her thoughts Please describe your experience with the corequisite model.
I am the district administrator for developmental education at San Jacinto College. We had a Demonstration Grant from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and were asked to try integrating reading and writing as well as do some early testing of the corequisite models in Mathematics. We quickly Read More…

Spring 2018 AIR Newsletter

The following articles are featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Accounting Instructor’s Report. Enjoy!         TRENDS & TOPICS 
Do Learning Styles Matter in Introductory Accounting
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA Financial Statement Analysis as a Capstone Event in Introductory Accounting Courses:
Four Years of Success
Michael J. Krause MS, CPA (NY & IN)
Professor Emeritus
Le Moyne College Accounting Labs as Scaffolding: Effect on Student Learning and Performance in
Introductory Accounting Courses
Devon Baranek
Nandini Chandar
Margaret O’Reilly-Allen
Rider University Intersections of Service Learning in an Introductory Accounting Project
Glenn Skrubbeltrang
Staci Kenno
Brock University Using An Read More…

Using an Interactive Team-Based Activity to “Escape” Traditional Teaching Methods in an Introductory Financial Accounting Course


Chris McCullick, CPA, & Ashley Minnich, CPA, William Jewell College This paper will document the process of designing, constructing, and implementing an accounting-themed escape room. This activity was designed to capitalize on the massive popularity of escape-themed games, while also incorporating knowledge in the field of accounting. Through this activity, students in an introductory-level accounting course were provided with the opportunity to engage with financial accounting information in an interactive, team-based environment. Embedded in the activity’s design were course learning objectives that were matched with objectives in each of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Pre-Certification Core Competency Read More…