Professional Training and Development

Are Letters of Recommendation Worth the Effort?

Contributor: Michael G. Aamodt, PhD., author of Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach, 7th Edition. This time of year, faculty are often busy writing letters of recommendation for students applying to graduate school and responding to reference requests from potential employers. Considering the amount of time and effort spent writing letters, completing reference forms, and providing phone references, it makes sense to ask whether letters of recommendation actually predict student or employee performance. Given that one of the basic beliefs in psychology is that the best predictor of future performance is past performance, one would think that references would Read More…

How to Lead Meetings Effectively (and Efficiently)

It’s clear that meetings are a regular part of your professional life. But just because they’re inevitable doesn’t mean they need to be inevitably awful. With some thoughtful planning, a meeting can be a positive, productive event. To get yourself on the road to running an effective meeting, consider the principles outlined in Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy’s Essentials of Business Communication, Ninth Edition, summarized below. Before the Meeting

    Establish your purpose for calling the meeting. Are you hoping for a fruitful discussion of an issue or initiative, or will a simple message to relevant individuals adequately communicate your point? If the latter,
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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…

Being Mindful of Your Social Media History

As we’ve discussed this week, social media can be leveraged to engage students and expand your own social network. However, many of us also use it for personal reasons, and the line between personal and professional can begin to fade. There is a certain level of privacy lost by displaying personal information online, and it’s important to be mindful of the history you’re leaving behind as you post. This can be particularly important for job seekers and for your students who are starting their quest for employment. In New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, author Beverly Read More…

Keeping Your Computer Secure

Whether you’re teaching an online or on-ground course, your computer is an indispensable part of your and your students’ everyday lives. Losing the information you’ve stored there is a significant blow to your ability to perform successfully. Begin considering the loss of privacy, security, intellectual property, money, and other data that takes place via hacking, phishing, and other forms of identity theft — as well as the damage done to computers by malware, hackers, and other forms of cyberattack — and you’ll undoubtedly recognize the importance of keeping your computer as safe and secure as can be. To this Read More…

Activity Idea: Create a Presentation on Emerging Technologies

Researching a topic on one’s own, and then teaching others about it, often provides a deeper understanding of that topic. The following activity, drawn from Beverly Amer’s New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, can help your students learn more about new technologies, and then gain the valuable — and confidence-building — experience of presenting what they’ve learned to you and their peers.  
There’s never a dull moment in the world of technology. This assignment gives you the opportunity to create your own PowerPoint presentation on an emerging technology. 1. Choose one of the emerging technologies or trends from the Read More…

Technology 2013: Everything Just Changed

Guest Contributor: Professor Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College.  Which technologies will have an impact on your teaching life in 2013 and beyond? Staying on the cutting edge is crucial in our classrooms and these four trends and products will shape the future of technology and teaching as we know it. All are worthy replacements for your legacy and sometimes forgotten technology, and they’ll give you some new productive, inspirational tools to boot. Favorite New Teaching Tool Need a technology that you can’t teach without? Think back to the last time you assigned homework that was even boring for you to grade; however, 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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