Activity: Traits of an Ideal Leader

Who would you call an “ideal leader”? And which traits define an “ideal leader” in your perspective? By reflecting on these matters, you can define the type of leader that you’d like to become, and strive to develop your own capacities in these areas. The following exercise, selected from the Instructor’s Manual for Richard L. Daft’s The Leadership Experience, Sixth Edition, offers students the opportunity to consider the leaders who have earned their admiration and respect, and then consider how they might grow in these areas themselves.   Spend some time thinking about someone you believe is an ideal Read More…

Teaching Technology: Or, Educating for Value Generation

Author Kenneth SousaExploring information technology effectively in the classroom
Guest Contributor: Kenneth J. Sousa, Ph.D., Bryant University.

“In this business, you can never wash the dinner dishes and say they are done. You have to keep doing them constantly.” (Mary Wells Lawrence)

Business strategy continues to evolve. Through careful planning and analysis, businesses react to changes in market, competition, and the economy. But also to the advances and adoption in information technology.

I have always believed that there is a difference between teaching and educating. Teaching is focusing on communicating in one direction. This method seeks to avoid developing the innovative problem solving skills using the topic at hand. Read More…

Playing the Double Entry Monopoly Game – Active Learning in Accounting Principles and Practices

Worldwide sales of the famous board game Monopoly® exceeded 250 million in 103 countries (Daffey, 2008). An estimated half a billion people are believed to have played the game Monopoly (Dixon, 2009), and more than 200 editions have been released in 37 languages (Daffey, 2008). Have you ever wondered why Madonna is so successful and rich? Apparently her favourite board game as a 10-year old child was Monopoly (Day, 2008). There is even a Monopoly World Championship for this popular game (Dixon, 2009). Why not use this famous board game in our accounting classroom? Needles (2011) explain that the diverse group of students in introductory principles of accounting classes makes it necessary to present the subject matter that will arouse their interest because motivating them to want to learn accounting is always a major challenge.

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Ten Tips for an Engaging Lecture

As you seek to increase student engagement and involvement in your classes, you may also be striving to be a more engaging lecturer who draws students into a topic and inspires them to embrace the learning process. Given that most of us aren’t natural-born speakers, we all benefit from some pointers that help us polish our lecture and presentation style. In their book Business Communication: Process and Product, Eighth Edition, Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy provide a list of ten suggestions for gaining and keeping your listeners’ attention; we’ve adapted them below. Keep these points in mind as you prepare your next Read More…

The Road Trip Inventory Assignment: An Out-of-Class Team Experience

Cooperative learning is the instructional use of small groups so that students work together to maximize their own and each others’ learning (Johnson, Johnson, and Smith, 1991b). The results of numerous studies have found that cooperation among students typically results in higher achievement and greater productivity; more caring, supportive, and committed relationships; and greater psychological health, social competence, and self–esteem. (Sutherland and Bonwell, 1996:72).

This paper presents a cooperative team project that takes the students out of the classroom and out on the road to experience a “live” business environment. The objective of the “Road Trip” assignment is to expose the students to a hands on application of the concepts discussed in class regarding inventory systems and internal controls, while working cooperatively with their peers on an interesting and fun project. The project addresses elements identified in the AICPA’s Core Competency Framework for Entry into the Accounting Profession.

This assignment is designed to be used in the first semester of Introductory Accounting, after completing the chapters related to inventory and internal controls.

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Creating Interactive Quizzes in Excel

Have you ever received a spreadsheet file that asked you questions and then magically told you whether your answers were correct? They can be more than e-mail pastimes. Once you understand how those spreadsheet files list questions and check your answers, you can create spreadsheet files that ask your students accounting questions. All it takes is an understanding of a few simple functions within the spreadsheet, and we’re about to reveal those secrets.

They’re a lot easier to create than most people think and it only takes one simple formula to produce a scoring system that makes your quiz interactive. This means that your answers will be included in the spreadsheet, but its easy to hide the answers and password protect the spreadsheet so your students have to work to find the correct answer.

To illustrate how it works, the authors created an interactive quiz based for a principles-level accounting class. Once you understand the function, you can adapt this to your own needs by changing the headings and questions. 
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The Puzzle Game: A Novel Approach to Teaching Accounting

Previous research has found that the use of non-traditional teaching aids is beneficial in terms of students’ perceptions of learning, exam performance, and the learning process. The objective of this research is to determine if the use of non-traditional teaching aids, specifically crossword puzzles, in an introductory accounting course, increases student interest in the subject matter and, therefore, enhances learning. 

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Course-Embedded Outcomes Assessments Using The Wall Street Journal: An Evaluation Rubric and Follow-up Survey

In this post-Enron era and its aftermath, employers value accounting graduates who possess skills beyond necessary technical accounting proficiency. Even as the body of accounting knowledge grows, important skills such as critical thinking, writing, ethical awareness and potentially teamwork can be developed through a structured project that utilizes the insights into accounting practice generated regularly by independent knowledge repositories such as The Wall Street Journal. Once in place a Wall Street Journal or similar project provides the instructor an efficient means to witness, monitor and document student progress in developing skill-related learning outcomes. Additionally, the grading process provides the instructor an opportunity to learn about challenges facing accounting practitioners especially in this time of heightened ethical awareness and the resultant expansion of professional services.

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The Five-Minute Ethics Exercise: A Simple and Effective Approach to Incorporating Ethical Discussions into an Accounting Course

Business schools continue to face criticism from various constituents for failing to incorporate more content-related ethics and social responsibility topics into their curricula. The authors responded to the continued criticism by designing and class testing a pedagogy that can be used in any or all accounting courses without adding burdensome classroom time or instructor preparation time.

The objectives include reinforcing and refining student knowledge and skill in evaluating ethical dilemmas. The pedagogy consists of presenting an ethics case via a short newspaper article or other sources limited to one minute of reading time on the part of the students. The instructor selects one of three identified approaches (or any other approach that works best for the instructor) to allow students to sharpen their skills. Then the instructor uses one minute to summarize and recap the results. Class testing and anecdotal evidence indicates the pedagogy to be a very effective tool to help students refine their knowledge and skill in assessing ethical dilemmas.
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Activity: Setting Short-Term Goals

Long-term goals represent our biggest dreams and our boldest values: graduating from college, earning a rewarding job, getting physically fit, starting a family, buying a home… fill in what matters to you. But for each long-term goal, several short-term goals can be set along the way. These short-term goals provide concrete steps that lead to the achievement of the bigger goal, and thereby make the process of achieving those broader goals more manageable. If you’d like to encourage students to set some of these short-term goals that lead to long-term achievement, or if you have students who are motivated to do so, suggest that Read More…