Professional Training and Development

Activity: Selecting Appropriate Presentation Aids

Though you may not (yet!) be as dynamic as your favorite lecturers, philosophers, authors, or comedians, you probably draw some form of inspiration from them. Perhaps you’ve observed their use of charts and graphs and noticed that you can indeed present data in a compelling manner. Maybe you admire the way they use working scale models to bring their ideas to life. Or, possibly, you’ve noted their decision not to rely on hundred-slide presentation decks in a forum that’s usually packed with laser-pointer-wielding speakers. As a result, you’ve now added new tools and techniques to your repertoire. Just as you Read More…


Learning the Latest Presentation Software

Whether you’re conducting a classroom lecture, leading a department meeting, or presenting your research at an international symposium, you want to leave your audience with a positive impression of your work and a clear understanding of your message. You know that software can help you create a colorful, memorable presentation, yet you don’t want to build a slide deck that is either dull and unengaging or overly flashy and overwhelming to the viewers. Though you can choose from a variety of presentation software options, you likely have Microsoft® PowerPoint® readily available to to you. Given that Microsoft Office 2013 came out Read More…


Perfecting Your Online Presentations

Even if you have finely tuned lecture and presentation skills, the act of conducting a presentation online may be new to you. Though the process of planning a presentation is, in many respects, the same, you’ll have a few additional matters to consider before you share your message with an online audience. Below, you’ll find some suggestions adapted from Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry’s E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success, Fourth Edition, which will help ensure successful online presentations. These may also benefit your students if and when they’re required to present Read More…


Leading Virtual Teams

If you teach online courses, you may create assignments that require students to collaborate on projects in a technology-mediated setting. It’s also possible that, at some point, you yourself will need to lead a group of people that are based in a variety of locations, many miles apart from one another. If your group needs to meet on a regular basis, you probably won’t all fly to one site for every meeting; most of the time, you will probably conduct your meetings via telephone or the Internet. In a similar vein, much of your regular communication will Read More…


Building an Effective Team

At various points in your career, others will likely call upon you to lead a team in an effort to accomplish a specific goal. Your team’s goal might represent a major endeavor, such as a fundraising effort to construct a new building. In other instances, you may be tasked with accomplishing a more modest goal like organizing a department party or selecting a new vendor for your office supplies. Some of your teams may have a lifespan of a few months, whereas others may stay together for several years. Regardless of the team’s specific objectives, certain skills and principles Read More…


Tackling the Time Conundrum

As an instructor, you may wonder: how do I proactively manage my time in a way that ensures I accomplish the goals I’ve established for myself, as well as those goals and expectations established by my institution? And, how do I use classroom time to its fullest advantage, while simultaneously encouraging students to do likewise? In a recent webinar, Jeff Schillinger of Harrison College presents a number of practical strategies that you can use to maximize the time you spend with students in class, as well as the time you invest in supporting students outside of your regular classroom Read More…


Using Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Your life as an educator requires you to manage numerous activities: teaching your courses; meeting with colleagues; conducting your own research; traveling to conferences and workshops… the list goes on. As an educator dedicated to excellence, not only do you want to simply finish your work; you want to do so efficiently and effectively.  If you’re a smartphone or tablet user, there are a wealth of applications (or “apps”) designed to make your tech tool a powerful partner in getting things done. In Discovering Computers: Essentials, Misty E. Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok, and Steven M. Freund describe the different types of apps that Read More…


What Is the Future of Accounting Education?

A reporter interviewed me on the changes I see forthcoming in accounting education. I thought these questions and my answers make a good summary for this issue of Trends.
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Summer 2009: Table of Contents

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What Is the Future of Accounting Education?
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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Best of the Blog: Crafting Engaging and Successful Lectures

As we wrap up this “Best-Of” series at the Cengage Learning Blog, we’re highlighting an article that addresses one of the soft skills that can greatly enhance your effectiveness as an instructor: your presentation style. In this popular post, Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins shows you how to “Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Boring Lecture.” Read on, and you’ll gather her top tips for lectures and presentations that engage students in the material you’re striving to communicate to them. Want more? Read the following posts, packed with suggestions for enhancing your professional and personal skills:

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