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2017 Western Region Meeting

Sharpen Your Teaching Skills Sessions

Presented on Friday and Saturday at the meeting, sessions in this track will feature presentations by educators from across the country sharing valuable teaching tips that you can put to use immediately in your classes

Friday 10:45-12:00 pm

Collaborative Partnerships with Professional Organizations
Accounting educators are fortunate in that we are tied to accounting professionals willing to participate in the education our students. Not only do they interact with educators, but they have developed specific programs to partner and endorse universities.  These programs provide added recognition and benefits to recipient schools. 

Hear from three academics who are involved with such programs from the IIA, IMA, and ACFE.  They will share their experiences and answer questions related to how you could get started with such a program.

Presenters: Sarah Bee, Seattle University, Sharon Lightner, National University, Frank Shuman, Utah State University

Friday 1:45-3:25 pm

What Technology Skills are desired by Accounting Professionals?
Integrating Technology and Cooperative Learning in Accounting Courses: Best Practices and Challenges Panel Discussants to include; Markus Ahrens, St. Louis Community College-Meramec Emma Cole, Troy University Tanya Benford, Florida Gulf Coast University Maureen Flores, Troy University Aretha Hill, Florida A&M University Gregory Prescott, University of South Alabama

Presenters: Johanna Terronez, Grant Thornton, Brendon Bula, Tesla,
Moderator: Gary Mingle, San Francisco State University

Friday 3:55-5:35 pm

Mentorship Programs
Does your university have a mentorship program for your students? Hear success stories from two universities that have formal programs within their Accounting Department and College of Business Administration.  Learn how to get such a program started and tips for a successful program.

Presenters: Kathleen Rupley, Portland State University, Alan Styles, California State University, San Marcos

Saturday 9:05-10:45 am

Get Hands on Experience with Tableau - Learn and Do
Have you wanted to learn more about Tableau but haven’t had the time.  Here is your opportunity.  Professionals from Tableau will provide a hands-on session which will give an overview of the product and dashboards, information on how to use Tableau with Excel, highlight the key differences between the two products, give an orientation to free resources available to faculty and students, and share how data visualization can be used for teaching and research.   Participants need to bring their own computer and personal hotspot and pre-load Tableau on their machines.  Wi-fi will be available for purchase by participants that do not have a personal hotspot.

Presenter: Vikram Bandarupalli

Saturday 11:15-12:30 pm

Engaging Students in Online Programs
Online programs are growing.  Listen to faculty involved in online programs share their experiences with engaging students to be active participants in the online environment. Included in the discussion are effective use of discussion boards and a demonstration of the video-conference tool, ZOOM.
Presenters: Thomas Francl, National University, Susan Gill, Washington State University

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