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Why Accounting? Questions and The Evolution of Accounting Concepts

Once upon a time, long, long ago, accounting began to reduce events to numbers to capture and bring meaning to data and it was good. Concepts were agreed upon and accounting techniques evolved to analyze and resolve business issues. This article is about why concepts came first and are foundational to understanding accounting, especially managerial accounting. Read More…


Our Changing Environment in First-Year Accounting

Beginning with this issue Accounting Instructors’ Report and continuing in several future issues, Needles proposes to address the effects of changes in accounting education and suggest ways of addressing those changes. It is worth beginning with a look at the factors that have influenced recent changes in accounting education. Read More…


Principles Versus Rules in Beginning Accounting: Understanding the Lehman Case

The case of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is only one of a number of high-profile cases that have highlighted the role of financial reporting and the issues surrounding earnings management in recent years. The flood of these so-called ‘accounting scandals’ and the alarming increase in accounting revisions and restatements has drawn the attention around the globe by accounting researchers and the popular press alike. The principles-based versus rules-based standards debate is discussed and illustrated with the case of Lehman’s accounting for Repo 105 transactions, which clearly highlights the issues that this debate raises.
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Positively Impacting Student Achievement: Studying the Effects of Library Resources in the Classroom

When students need reference content to complete their assignment, can you help them find relevant, credible information? In this paper, see how integrating Cengage Learning’s library resources enhanced and expanded the in-class experience for students and teachers alike.

The Cengage Learning team selected McKinley Tech for this efficacy study because the administrators at McKinley are faced with the same challenges and experiencing the same pressures as their peers across the country as they attempt to integrate technology into their classrooms. Read More…


How to be a Great Instructor: College Students Tell All

In a survey conducted by our partners at Questia of 1,000 college students and instructors, we garnered data on everything from college study habits to relationship building with faculty. We knew that instructors were substantial influencers in students’ lives, but the results may surprise you! According to the survey, “When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, a whopping 61 percent said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, 46 percent said it was also a professor.” It looks like students put a lot of trust Read More…


Top Ten Things College Students Need From Their Instructors

Whether due to lack of open communication or simply lack of time, instructors sometimes arrive at classroom review time to find that a number of students were not completely satisfied for all or part of the course. To get to the bottom of this conundrum, as part of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked our college student audience what it is they need from their instructors in order to get the most out of their education. Of course, some students’ answers were not surprising: “More extra credit!” Some were rather unexpected: “Nothing, students should put more Read More…


Do You Use “BYOD” in Your Classroom?

Take a look at your classroom, and you’ll surely see students with a variety of tech tools: smartphones, tablets, laptops… if they can bring it into the classroom, they likely will! Some instructors are choosing to embrace this fact, and they’ve adopted what’s often called a “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach to technology in the classroom. They incorporate technology-oriented exercises, activities, and projects designed to engage students and encourage active participation in the learning process.

Have you adopted the BYOD approach to technology in the classroom? Share your experiences and opinions below.

 


Have You Participated in a MOOC?

Massive open online courses (aka “MOOCs”) have garnered a significant amount of discussion in recent months. Some view them as the next step in the evolution of old-style correspondence schools and newer-style distance and online learning practices. Others ponder the effect they’ll have on education as a whole, while still others wonder if they’re simply a fad. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of opinions surrounding MOOCs, we want to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the survey below!     Do you have any other experiences, opinions, or insights you want to share regarding MOOCs? Discuss them in the Read More…


Know Your “Online Brand”

Whether we’re sharing our thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, posting the location of our latest meal to Foursquare, uploading crazy cat videos to YouTube, sharing photos via Instagram, creating pin boards devoted to our hobbies (and obsessions) on Pinterest, or experimenting with the latest and greatest app, it’s clear that many of us enjoy making use of the many social media tools available to us. We can connect with each other, have a laugh, and exchange information that ranges from deeply personal to outright silly. Though our original intent may be lighthearted, we do need to be aware that some (if not much) of Read More…


Teaching Students to Use Technology to Learn

If you’re hoping to incorporate the use of social media into your classroom, you may want to consider the points Cengage Learning author Ken Baldauf makes in this brief video. Here, he talks about the importance of teaching students to use various technologies to learn, and he offers suggestions for how you can evaluate technology tools and apply them to use in your courses. [youtube //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyIQJt4-yXk?wmode=Opaque] For additional insights on online learning and teaching with technology from Ken Baldauf, watch his presentation “Teaching Tech Online” from the 2013 Course Technology Conference.  Do you use social media in your courses? What activities have you Read More…