Professional Training and Development

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

TRENDS
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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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Summer 2008: Table of Contents

TRENDS
What Do You Need To Know About IFRS?
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, DePaul University
Marian Powers, Ph.D., Northwestern University
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Fall 2009: Table of Contents

TRENDS
And Now There Are Three: IFRS for SMEs

Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA
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Holiday How-To: Avoid Being Home (Sick) for the Holidays

Many of us enjoy being home for the holidays. However, we’d wager that very few—if any—of you would put being home sick with the cold or flu on your winter break to-do list. Fortunately, there are some fairly simple ways that you can help to stave off the common cold. In An Invitation to Health, Fifteenth Edition, Dianne Hales offers the following recommendations:

    Be sure to get adequate sleep. If you catch fewer than seven hours’ worth of zzz’s each night, you’re three times more likely to catch a cold.
    Try to stay positive and stress free. Per Hales: “People who
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Holiday How-To: Make Smart Food Choices on and off Campus

With so much to do around the holidays, we often find ourselves eating what’s available at arm’s reach. This time of year especially that can mean sweets and special holiday treats. During a busy shopping trip it’s also far more convenient to drive through and grab some fast food than it is to pack something healthy or sit down at a restaurant that offers food that’s good for you. But in HLTH, authors Jeffrey S. Nevid and Spencer A. Rathus tell us that it is possible to make healthy choices when grabbing something from a fast Read More…


Holiday How-To: Pairing Dessert and Beverages

Dinner is over. Your guests have enjoyed your thoughtfully planned meal, and now it’s time for something sweet. We know you have good taste (otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this blog!), and that you’d want the whole meal – including dessert – to be accompanied by beverages that complement the flavors of the food. However, if you’re like us, you may not know where to begin, other than the simple answer of “coffee and tea.” Or, perhaps you have a particular beverage in mind, but don’t know what types of dessert would be best served (no pun intended) by its Read More…


Holiday How-To: Wine & Food Pairing: Aromas and Flavors

The holiday season is full of opportunities to host parties and to entertain friends and family. One hurdle to overcome on your way to the host or hostess hall of fame is choosing what to serve — both food and beverage. In Pairing with the Masters: A Definitive Guide to Food & Wine, Certified Master Chef Ken Arnone and Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan introduce readers to a primer on wine — its terminology, as well as components and flavor characteristics. As part of that primer, they include tips on tasting for different characteristics of wine. Here Read More…


Interviewing Tips for Students

You’ve accomplished the first step of getting the interview; now learn how to land the job. Strengthening your interview techniques and properly preparing can help you feel more confident during a job interview. Author Beverly Amer provides tips for all stages of the interview process in Soft Skills at Work: Technology for Career Success. While we’re sharing these tips for your students, they can be applied to anyone who is currently in the interviewing process. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to landing that job!
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