Professional Training and Development

Gathering Insight and Information via RSS Feeds

To stay up to date on the latest happenings in your areas of interest, you likely refer to a number of Web sites. The news articles, photos, video, and other material you glean from these sites can also provide rich and relevant resources for your classes. However, you could easily spend a great deal of time visiting each of these sites whenever you want to find an example of current research, an engaging clip to open your class session, or a thought-provoking article for discussion. Therefore, if you aren’t yet using RSS feeds to follow and gather content, you may want to consider 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…


Gathering Data to Support Informed Decisions

Some decisions—such as where to go to lunch, or what to wear to a work function—may require a bit of deliberation, but can ultimately be made relatively quickly. Yet if you are faced with a challenge that carries a heftier commitment of resources and has a greater impact on a larger number of people, you may find yourself seeking input from other sources. Indeed, when making an important decision, it is wise to gather and analyze information that could have an impact on your ultimate course of action. To start your information-gathering endeavor, consider the guidelines that author Jeff Butterfield presents in 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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Tips for Students: How to Make the Most of an Internship

For many students, an internship is an eagerly anticipated—or perhaps required—part of the college experience. An internship gives you a chance to put what you’ve learned in school to work in the “real world,” surrounds you with the opportunity to meet (and be mentored by) experienced people in your selected field, and helps confirm whether or not a certain career choice or job setting is the right one. For these reasons, it’s important to take your internship seriously, and endeavor to get as much out of it as you possibly can. In 100% Job Search Success, Second Read More…


Estimating and Managing Your Project Time Effectively

When you’re completing a project on your own or in collaboration with others, a schedule can be your best ally in ensuring that your plans and ideas come to fruition. Following that schedule can help ensure that you have adequate time to complete the work to your satisfaction; make it easier to stay on budget; and, ultimately, help you meet (or beat!) an established deadline. A carefully written schedule can also serve as a visible reminder that motivates you to stay on track and on task… especially when you’re distracted by other appealing opportunities (such as a summertime Read More…


Planning Travel — For Fun or Work

Summer is a time during which many of us take advantage of having a little bit of time available to plan trips. You may look forward to planning a vacation, attending an upcoming conference, or both. Whether your summer travel is for work or play, there are tips to keep in mind as you plan that can help make the process a bit easier and hopefully less stressful. In Access: Introduction to Travel and Tourism, Second Edition, author Marc Mancini outlines a few things to consider when planning your travel. First, he points out that although many airlines offer pop-up Read More…