American Accounting Association

CPE Session 21

CTLA CPE: Cutting Edge Technology
to Enhance Pedagogy*

Coordinated By:

Mark Holtzblatt, Roosevelt University
Norbert Tschakert, Salem State University

Description: * Attendees will have a choice of two different presentations at both the 8:00 AM and 10:20 AM starting time. There is a 40 minute break at 9:40 AM (between the morning sessions).

Attendees are invited to bring their laptop or tablet to this session as hands-on workshops will be conducted by each presenter.

8:00–9:40 AM. Room 1 — How to Integrate XBRL Analysis and Tagging Software in Accounting Courses
Learn about XBRL history, model curriculums, regulatory and corporate applications. The session includes a 50 minute XBRL Rivet Crossfire Demo and Hands-on workshop. Crossfire is a widely used software for XBRL financial reporting, accounting for nearly 24% of all SEC filings to date. Rivet Software, headquartered in Denver, will provide assistance in conducting the hands-on workshop.
Presenter: Kristine Brands, Regis University

8:00–9:40 AM. Room 2 — Becoming a Star: Using Technology to Create and Present Videos Online to Supplement the Teaching of Accounting
Learn how to make and edit an accounting video and post it online. A video will be created and uploaded during the session and YouTube, Screencast and Camtasia will be demonstrated. Topics covered include: (1) benefits of providing online videos; (2) options and equipment needed for shooting a video; (3) software for editing and (4) uploading videos to the internet. Participants will also have access to currently available videos posted by the presenter.
Presenter: Letitia Pleis, Metropolitan State College of Denver

10:20–12:00 Noon. Room 1 — Using Technology to Free Up Time for Critical Thinking: Applications for Introductory Financial Accounting
Learn how to teach accounting judgment using, a free portal providing accounting education content. The session includes hands-on interactive exercises and video demonstrations. As educators, we share the challenge of dealing with complexities without overwhelming our students. Indeed, an integral aspect of the art of teaching is to reduce complexity as much as possible using robust principles, concepts, processes, and illustrations that faithfully reflect reality. Simplifying accounting is not difficult; the challenge is simplifying it without distorting reality, one of the goals of this session.
Presenter: Pete and Carolyn Wilson, Boston College

10:20–12:00 Noon. Room 2 — Using a Social Learning Community and Social Media Tools to Engage Students in Accounting
Participants will learn how to set up a social learning community using web tools such as When we teach large sections of accounting, student participation and engagement decreases in a traditional classroom setting. Social learning communities can be used to engage students in accounting in a more manageable way. In fact, the traditional classroom can be extended. Examples of content and approaches will be provided. Actual statistics from student participation in the social learning community will be shared (i.e., student satisfaction, student learning, etc.). In addition, the use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter for student engagement will be demonstrated.
Presenter: Wendy Tietz, Kent State University

Field of Study: Computer Science
Program Level: Intermediate
Method of Delivery: Group — Live

Intended Audience: This workshop is for faculty who want to learn how to use new technologies to create more engaging classrooms, introduce students to required financial reporting expertise and teach students critical thinking as it relates to accounting judgment.

Format/Structure: Each of the four 100 minute concurrent sessions will include presentation, discussion and hands-on classroom applications. Participants are invited to bring a laptop computer or tablet with Wi-Fi internet capability.

Learning Objective: Participants will become familiar with emerging technologies that are transforming accounting education and will be able to integrate these tools into their classrooms.

Prerequisites: None.

Advanced Preparation Required: None.

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