Professional Training and Development

Clarifying Written Communication Skills

In a digital world where we often communicate via a quick text or pack a message in 140 characters or less, we can’t overlook that having polished written communication skills is key for professionals in most any field. Your students likely need to compose e-mails to their instructors and potential contacts in their field of study, and correspond with fellow classmates on group work or discussion boards. Beyond their academic careers, students will likely find that good written communication skills are key to demonstrate in cover letters, requests for contact with potential employers, and correspondence with Read More…

Identifying Appropriate Guest Speakers for Career-Focused Class Sessions

As an expert in your field, you’re more than qualified to offer students insight into the opportunities, challenges, and required skill sets of your discipline and profession. But in the interest of providing students with the broadest possible perspective on potential career paths, you may also see the benefit in allowing them to hear from individuals whose experiences, skills, or work environments differ from your own. If this is the case, you may consider inviting a guest speaker to address career-related topics or current professional issues during one or more of your class sessions. By virtue of your own expertise and Read More…

Try Technology Tools To Enhance Your Teaching Style

Guest Contributor: Cathy Scott, Navarro College. You may find that in developing your professional and leadership skills, it becomes necessary to test out new ways to be the most effective teacher you can be. Technology tools offer new ways to engage students and create an active learning environment. In this article, author and professor Cathy Scott outlines some of those available tools, but she points out that while integrating technology is important to promoting an active and engaging learning environment, you remain the most important part of your students’ learning experience. As you develop your skills, trying new things Read More…

Cost Effective — or FREE — Professional Development for Faculty

As an educator dedicated to teaching others, you’re likely interested in continual pursuit of education yourself. But taking part in many continuing-education opportunities can prove costly, and not every person, department, or school has as much of a budget for these opportunities as they’d like. So how can a group of instructors with a desire to learn continue to do so… without exceeding their budget or stipend? Today, Christine Harrington shares her suggestions for a shared learning experience that can cost you nothing but the time you’re willing to invest in it.  Do you have any cost-effective solutions for Read More…

Accounting Education: Perpetuating the Obsolete

When handheld calculators capable of performing logarithmic and trigonometric functions became widely available in the 1970s, few could foresee the far-reaching effects this development would have on the way the world performs its calculations. The explosive growth of the calculator market forced the largest producer of slide rules to abandon the product line in 1975 (Redin, 2000). Despite the demise of the slide rule, educators in math, science and engineering fought the trend. Many educators did not quit teaching the slide rule until it became impossible for students to gain access to the outdated relics in the late Read More…

Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2006: Table of Contents

Who Are Our Students?
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA ARTICLES
Student’s Attitude of Accounting as a Profession: Can the Video “Takin’ Care of Business” Make a Difference?

Sheri Erickson, Minnesota State University Moorhead Teaching After-Tax Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis
Danny Kennett, Emporia State University
M. George Durler, Emporia State University The Penultimate Cash Flow Problem
William Cress, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Kenneth Winter, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse The Use of Personal Response System in Accounting Courses
Joann Segovia, Minnesota State University Moorhead Accounting Education: Perpetuating the Obsolete
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2007: Table of Contents

How Can We Motivate Our Students?
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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Cognitive Diversity

The nature of a particular class depends strongly on the mix of the ages of students in the classes because age is associated with the average cognitive maturity of students. This characteristic exists in both four-year and two-year schools. As a result, the professor must adapt to each class. Two classes may be approached differently even though using the same syllabus.

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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2008: Table of Contents

Can You Teach Ethics in Beginning Accounting?
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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A Successful Stand Alone “Bridge” Course

This paper provides an overview of a platform that transforms classroom teaching into effective multimedia e-learning by recording audio, video, and instructor’s writing, drawing, pointing, and highlighting of content that a student sees in the classroom. The system provides an integrated software solution for the creation and delivery of online content. Educators can easily create course videos within this platform and its flexible distribution options that provide content to students. The article explains how it can be applied in an introductory accounting course.
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