Professional Training and Development

Accounting Instructors’ Report, Summer 2011: Table of Contents


Tips for Students: Creating a Professional Online Appearance

Students in college face a myriad of challenges that were nowhere in sight ten, twenty, thirty years ago, many of which have the potential to make or break their future success. One big challenge for young adults is knowing the difference between what is beneficial and what is inappropriate to post on their online profiles, as well as who they should be sharing this information with. While many students know that sharing explicit or controversial material online may inhibit their success with future employers, choosing to share nothing at all may not be advantageous either. In fact, social media Read More…


How to Set Up and Run a Blog

A blog offers you the opportunity to share your voice with an online community—as broad as your circle of closest friends and colleagues, or as wide as anyone with Internet access. Best of all, it costs very little to nothing: many of the most popular blog-hosting sites are free, and you can post and publish your thoughts as frequently as you’d like. However, as with many things, it may be simple to start a blog, but it takes some knowledge and practice to do it well. Below, we’ve shared some insights from Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy’s Essentials Read More…


Social Media and Decision Making

As a wise and savvy person, you want to make informed decisions. But what’s the first place you turn when you need to make a choice or embark on a particular path? Certainly, you may ask friends, family, or colleagues to share their experiences and opinions; after all, they know you well, and they can offer advice that’s tailored to your specific needs and preferences. You may also consult the reviews you find in a trusted publication, or you may conduct your own research using a variety of other data sources. Social media also offers us a way Read More…


Don’t Hide! Using Social Media to Promote Education and Experience

Social media is a powerful tool. We’ve all heard stories of potential employers searching a candidate on the Internet only to find incriminating photos that ruined their chances of being hired. For that reason, many people opt to make their profiles private, which leaves anyone who searches wondering what is happening behind the wall. But what if you used the power of social media to your advantage? Instead of hiding behind privacy settings, you made everything fully public, putting your best foot forward and using the Web to promote your best attributes? Imagine that a recent college Read More…


Taking the Mystery out of LinkedIn For Educators

Guest Contributor: Ron Nash, Founder of The In Academy. As an educator, I’m certain by now you’ve heard of LinkedIn? In fact, if you’re reading this article, chances are, you’ve probably heard about how great it is and that you should be using it, but like many people, don’t fully get it. I’ve got news for you. LinkedIn is like rap; it’s here to stay! So if you are serious about your research, connecting with colleagues, finding groups relevant to your areas of interest and a number of other amazing resources, you’ll want to learn how to leverage Read More…


Career Advice: How to Make the Most of a Mentoring Relationship

Working with a mentor is an invaluable opportunity that can be beneficial to both the mentor and the mentee. A mentor can give you advice on beginning or transitioning within your career, demonstrate expectations, and serve as a role model for appropriate workplace protocol. Check with your school—some institutions offer mentoring programs that can match you to tenured professionals who are eager to share their experiences and help newer professionals develop their career plans. The same programs can also help you match yourself to an ambitious student who may be eagerly looking to you as a mentor of Read More…


The Value of Mentoring Students

Among the many hats you wear as an educator, you’ll probably find one labelled “mentor.” Perhaps it’s a relatively small hat: spending a few moments, here and there, to offer a bit of guidance to a student that needs some direction. Or, maybe it’s a larger (and more formal) hat: you are a supervisor, mentor, or advisor to students matriculating through your department or program. Either way, you regularly play an important role in the academic and professional development of numerous students each term. Though we recognize that many of the things you do contribute to students’ success, there may Read More…


How to be a Great Instructor: College Students Tell All

In a survey conducted by our partners at Questia of 1,000 college students and instructors, we garnered data on everything from college study habits to relationship building with faculty. We knew that instructors were substantial influencers in students’ lives, but the results may surprise you! According to the survey, “When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, a whopping 61 percent said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, 46 percent said it was also a professor.” It looks like students put a lot of trust Read More…


Top Ten Things College Students Need From Their Instructors

Whether due to lack of open communication or simply lack of time, instructors sometimes arrive at classroom review time to find that a number of students were not completely satisfied for all or part of the course. To get to the bottom of this conundrum, as part of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked our college student audience what it is they need from their instructors in order to get the most out of their education. Of course, some students’ answers were not surprising: “More extra credit!” Some were rather unexpected: “Nothing, students should put more Read More…