Professional Training and Development

Accounting Instructors’ Report, Fall 2015: Table of Contents

The following articles are featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the Accounting Instructors’ Report:

Ten Steps to ‘A’-ing Accounting
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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Don’t Strike Out: Three Rules for Communicating with Adjuncts

Contributor: Sherri Singer, Coordinator, Adjunct Institute, and Department Head, Alamance Community College. The Adjunct Institute at Alamance Community College has been working with Adjuncts since 2005. Using our decade of experience we have developed three simple rules to guide our communication, and to ensure that Adjuncts actually read our emails. Adjuncts often have two or more jobs, and many work at multiple institutions. They may have two or more email addresses that they check each day. As coordinators who work with Adjuncts we need to tailor our emails to fit their needs and create cues that attract and keep their Read More…

Teaching Online Introductory Accounting Course For The First Time: What to Expect

With colleges and universities offering more courses online, professors may have to teach courses online for the first time. This paper serves to address the expectations of teaching a course online for the first time, and offers recommendations for new starters of online courses.

The research was based on the introductory accounting courses I taught in summer semester 2014. A survey was given to the students to address their course expectations and results. I also examined the grade distribution and withdrawal rates between the two different course delivery methods (online and on-campus).
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Webinar: Inclusive Access and Student Retention

What is inclusive access? How can this model impact at-risk students and retention? Will implementation lead to greater efficiency and ease of use?

Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:30 PM EST / 12:30 PM PST for the Thought Leadership Forum: Inclusive Access and Student Retention.

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The Value of Professional Development for Adjuncts

Statistics indicate that adjuncts teach close to 60% of the students enrolled in community colleges across the United States. Therefore, coordinators of adjuncts should seek opportunities to keep adjuncts abreast of current trends and practices in their field.

In this presentation, Essie Childers of Blinn College points out several reasons why professional development is important for adjuncts.
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Creating Connections Among Dispersed Faculty

According to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 49% of adjuncts rarely feel connected to fellow educators, and 8% never feel connected. On a similar note, 40% of the adjuncts who responded said that “poor connections to colleagues/institution” posed a challenge to their work.

How can you help improve these connections and develop community among the adjuncts on your campus?
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Creative Incentives to Increase Adjunct Participation

Contributor: Sherri Singer, Adjunct Institute Coordinator and Department Head, Alamance Community College. No budget for professional development? No problem! There are a variety of inexpensive incentives you can use to increase adjunct attendance at professional development sessions. As adjunct coordinators, we all know that funds are limited and that adjuncts are pulled in many different directions. While professional development is one of the most valuable activities adjuncts can take part in, it is also one of the hardest in which to encourage participation. Adjuncts need an incentive to fit training sessions into their already busy schedules. These incentives fall into Read More…

Webinar: Revolutionizing Accessibility and Content Delivery

Eager to learn how your peers are revolutionizing the delivery and design of online courses? Looking for tips on successful implementation strategies? Ready to optimize results?

Join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST for the Thought Leadership Forum: Accessibility and Content Delivery.

Register for the webinar today!
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Partnering with NISOD to Support Adjunct Faculty Needs

Adjunct faculty face a number of unique pressures that make it challenging to obtain the professional development opportunities they want and need. In recognition of adjuncts’ growing need for training and support, we are expanding our partnership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) to co-host a a variety of high-quality resources covering professional development topics for adjunct faculty and administrators. These efforts represent our joint commitment to supporting adjuncts in their careers. This fall, Cengage Learning Digital Educators and faculty partners will present blog posts, podcasts, and webinars related to our theme: “Be Connected: Using Digital Tools to Read More…

Paul Romer Receives the “Innovations in Economic Education” Award

Cengage Learning and the National Economics Teaching Association (NETA) are proud to award the first Innovations in Economic Education Award to Paul Romer of New York University. While Paul is regarded as one of the top economists in the world for his groundbreaking work on endogenous growth theory (among other things), it is for his sojourn into the world of digital learning tools that we are honoring him. Aplia, which was created in the early 2000s was the first product to effectively harness the expanded fiber-optic (and later WIFI) infrastructure to enable professors to finally get more effort from Read More…