2018 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

April 13, 2018

10:45 – 12:00 pm
Session 1.01 Oregon Is #1 in Raising Cash for Accounting Education - How Do They Do It?
Presenter: Helen Gernon, University of Oregon

Using Supplemental Instruction to Improve Student Performance in Accounting Courses
Presenters: Nancy Mangold, California State University, East Bay, Kim Shima, California State University, East Bay, Jingwen Yang, California State, East Bay

1:45 pm – 3:25 pm
Session 2.01: Shaping the Learning Experience Utilizing Technology in a Changing Education Landscape
Presenters: Markus Ahrens, St. Louis Community College-Meramec, Cathy J. Scott, Navarro College
Are you having difficulty keeping up with how quickly technology is changing?  Do you feel that you already have too many topics to cover in your accounting course?  This interactive session will examine where you and/or your campus are on the technology curve.  Resources will be introduced which can help to successfully integrate technology into your classroom environment.  Participants will be provided the opportunity to determine which technology resources can best facilitate meaningful learning in their courses, as well as fit with their teaching style.

3:55 pm – 5:35 pm
3.01: Practical Ideas to Improve Learning and Engagement in Your Accounting Classes from Make It Stick: the Science of Successful Learning
Presenter: Cassy Budd, Brigham Young University, Melissa Larson, Brigham Young University
Come learn about the three specific takeaways from Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning: 1. Learning works by getting it "out" of the brain, not "in" 2. Appropriate difficulty is desirable 3. A "growth mindset" motivates learning. This session will expand on these three ideas by giving participants immediately applicable suggestions for improving student learning and engagement within their accounting classes. The focus will be on structural course changes, coaching points for
students, and a general understanding of the science of learning. 

April 14, 2018

9:05 am - 10:45 am
Session 4.01: Transform Your Accounting Classes with Business Analytics Applications and Visualization
Presenter: Kristine M Brands, Regis University

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Session 5.01: Using Digital Courseware Analytics to Evaluate Student Abilities
Presenter: Julie Hansen, San Diego Mesa College
Wouldn’t it be great to know before entering the classroom where student comprehension and abilities are, so we know what topics to reinforce and which knowledge, skills and abilities students have mastered? Utilizing built-in courseware analytics is the ultimate tool in knowing what topic and skills students are struggling with and what they’ve mastered, helping instructors make the best use of class time! There is an ever-increasing usage of Digital Courseware and integration with the various Learning Management Systems in both community colleges and universities. Assigning homework to master the learning objectives, then understanding the associated analytics that are readily available can (and should) be used to help instructors understand the topics and skills students are mastering and struggling with and how to identify their ‘at-risk’ students. These analytics tools are often underutilized yet easy to access and provide huge benefits to instructors and students alike.

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