Engagement and Motivation

ConnectYard: My Favorite Feature in MindTap English

by Ginny Dow, Liberty University English Professor and Cengage Faculty Partner Students love connecting with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. In fact, they are often more engaged on social media than they are in face-to-face encounters. How do we transfer that desire to engage into the classroom? I want my English students to be excited to learn literature. Far-fetched idea? Maybe, but my goal is that they find some literary work that they love, even if that is only one poem, short story or play throughout the whole semester. My #JustOneThing which enhances student Read More…


Todd Markson Talks Cengage Unlimited & Chegg Partnership

In December, Cengage announced Cengage Unlimited, a first-of-its-kind subscription for higher ed course materials.  For one price ($119.99 a semester or $179.99 annually), students get unlimited access to our comprehensive library of digital products.  That’s more than 22,000 products across 675 course areas! We recently talked to Todd Markson, Chief Strategy Officer, Cengage, about the implementation to date.

Q: It’s been two months since we announced Cengage Unlimited.  How are things going?

A: The goal of Cengage Unlimited is to increase both access and affordability, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive from professors, students and administrators alike. I Read More…


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…