Professional Training and Development

Accounting Instructors’ Report, Spring 2012: Table of Contents

Teaching Judgment in Beginning Accounting
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Spring 2013: Table of Contents

Our Changing Environment in First-Year Accounting
Belverd E. Needles, Editor
Taking Part In Accounting Competitions/Challenges/Cases—Benefits To Your Students and Your School
Stephen J. Bukowy, University of North Carolina
An Activity-Based Costing Application Using a Video of Olive Oil Production
Karen S. Cravens, The University of Tulsa
Elizabeth Goad Oliver, Washington & Lee University
Understanding Management Control in a Small Business: An Entrepreneurial Micro-Business Case (The Hot Dog Cart)
Delwyn D. Devries, Belmont University
Tanya Lee, Valdosta State University
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2012: Table of Contents

Presentations with Maximum Impact: Moving Faculty Forward

Public speaking is a way of life for almost all accounting faculty. We speak multiple times a week for student audiences in class. Further, we also present for groups of practicing professionals, to campus colleagues in administrative meetings, and for faculty peers at conferences related to our discipline. However, few of us have significant formal training in giving presentations (beyond high school speech class!). There appears to be an implicit assumption that accurate content is the main requirement for making an effective presentation. But as frequent audience members as well, we know that assumption is not true. We know there are speakers who are more compelling, interesting, and easy to follow. Is good speaking only a matter of raw talent, or is there some guidance available that could make us more effective in this venture?
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Summer 2013: Table of Contents

Why Accounting? Questions and The Evolution of Accounting Concepts
Susan Crosson, Emory University ARTICLES
Analyzing Overhead Variance Without Utilizing a Single Formula

James M. Emig, Villanova University
Robert P. Derstine, West Chester University
Thomas J. Grant, Kutztown University TEACHING CASES
A Practice Set for Use With the Cognitive Apprenticeship Approach to Teaching Introductory Accounting and Tests of its Effectiveness

Joseph C. Ugrin, Kansas State University
Katherine Wood, Kansas State University TEACHING TECHNIQUE
Teaching Process Costing
Ronald R. Rubenfield, Robert Morris College Using The Seiler Model for Standard Costs Variance Analysis
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Engagement Services: Educational Services Support Quest to Engage and Retain Students

Changes in the evolving higher education landscape have spawned institutional and instructional needs in a new area—educational services. In a 2013 survey conducted for Cengage Learning, two-thirds of faculty participants noted the importance of services in their adoption decision. Not surprisingly, the number one desire cited was “help increasing student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and retention.” The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging. Today it is increasingly vital as institutions—faced with economic pressures, completion-based funding, and a job skills gap—have an even higher stake in enrolling new students, moving them efficiently through the curriculum, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with the skills that employers demand.

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Two Cengage Learning Contests Recognize Excellence in Teaching

It’s spring, and across Cengage Learning, we’re getting in the spirit by sponsoring two contests that encourage students to show appreciation for their favorite college instructors and recognize the contributions that they have made in their lives. We’re pleased to announce that nominations are now open for both the CengageBrain GPA (Greatest Professor Award) and the Questia MVP (Most Valuable Professor) Award. Winning instructors will have honorary scholarships created in their names. Share the news with your students! As an added incentive: in each contest, all eligible submissions will be entered to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. Read More…

Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Setting

Guest Contributor: Britt Andreatta, MA, Ph.D. Teaching in a culturally diverse setting is both an honor and an important responsibility. You have the opportunity to provide college students with crucial experiences and that will make them better citizens for a lifetime. While your students may represent a wide range of demographics, they may not come from a community or school that is diverse in the same ways that your campus is. This means you should approach everyone as an eager learner who could benefit from some pointers. You also need to stand firmly in your role as facilitator, Read More…

Problem-Solving in Teams: Secrets of Success

You or your students may be placed on a team tasked with resolving a particular issue or addressing a particular challenge. Or, your existing teams may, on occasion, need to come up with a solution to a problem that arises on the course towards completing a project. For this reason, knowing how to solve problems as a team plays an important role in reaching a successful solution. In her book Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions, Tenth Edition, Cheryl Hamilton describes eight key behaviors that enable teams to successfully collaborate on solutions to Read More…

How to Successfully Collaborate Online

Think back to the class sessions and meetings that have felt especially collaborative and engaging. What qualities do those experiences share? Perhaps it’s the particular mix of people involved, the sheer number of new ideas that came out of your discussion, or an overall welcoming environment that fosters creativity and conversation. In any event, it likely wasn’t an experience that felt stuffy, dull, or disorganized. Though positive collaborative experiences do feel energizing, natural, and free, even the most organic meetings benefit from some semblance of preparation, organization, and respect for fellow participants. This is even more true for Read More…