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Preliminary Program

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
7:30 am - 7:55 am Registration / Continental Breakfast

7:55 am - 8:00 am Welcome

8:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Panel: Interactive AIS Signature Pedagogy Discussion
Moderator: Margarita Lenk - Colorado State University
Cheryl Dunn – Grand Valley State University
Ann Dzuranin – Northern Illinois University
Ann O’Brien – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jennifer Riley – University of Nebraska-Omaha
David Wood – Brigham Young University

9:30 am - 10:20 am Lessons from Practice #1: Advances in Data Analytics
Practitioners will discuss the future of data analytics for accounting roles (bigger data, high-speed analytics, critical thinking, problem-solving, etc.) and the EYARC resources available for educator use in classrooms.
Firm Speakers -EY

10:20 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:45 am Teaching Session #1: Customizing Cases & Exercises for use in YOUR class
Using a case from the EY Foundation’s Academic Resource Center, we will show examples of how faculty members have customized the same case in different ways to meet the learning objectives of two different classes using two of today’s most popular disruptive technologies – Alteryx and Tableau.  
Tom Aleman (former managing partner Deloitte) – Wake Forest University
Joy Gray – Bentley University

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Teaching Session #2 (lunch provided): Classroom Case to Address Unstructed Data Challenges
The use of unstructered data in the accounting profession has grown markedly in recent years. Professionals as well as business and accounting accreditors have called accounting students to acquire an increased depth and breadth in understanding how to deal with unstructured data. This case enables accounting insturctors, with noprevious background or experience in working with unstructured data, to introduce students to freely available software addressing unstructured data by conducting simple analyses using documents retrieved from publicly available SEC filings. The case designed as an introduction to unstructured data for auditing, accounting information systems, fraud examination, and financial statement analysis courses. However, it can be used in any accounting course where the content of relevant documents is subject to examination.
Diane Janvrin – Iowa State University 

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm AI Audit Insights from Protiviti Professionals
Learn about Artificial Intelligence tools for audit and how Protiviti has used Mindbridge as they share real-world experiences with bootcamp participants.
Seth Schrank – Director Chicago Office
Patrick Thomas- Senior Manager, Chicago Office

1:50 pm - 3:05 pm Teaching Session #3: Robotic Process Automation (RPA): What, When, How, & Where
Learn what RPA is and how to implement it in your courses. Usable class cases will be presented to make the transition to teaching RPA as easy as possible.
Ann Dzuranin - Northern Illinois University
David WoodBrigham Young University

3:05 pm - 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Teaching Session #4:  Process MiningL Do firms Do What They Think They Do?
Come learn about the capabilities and limitations of process mining and get hands-on experience performing process mining on sample data using Celonis software.
Cheryl Dunn- Grand Valley State University 


4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Lessons from Practice #2: Disruptive Technology Shaping the Future of the Accounting Profession: From Business Processes to Audit
Panelist will discuss the impact emerging and disruptive technologies are having on the accounting profession from a user and an auditor perspective of various technologies: artificial intelligence, machine learning, adaptive security, (robotic) process automation, mobility apps/phones/tablets, advanced cloud computing, virtualization, social apps, use of drones.
Moderator: Diane Janvrin – Iowa State University
Panel Session – Firm Representatives  
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Networking Reception


Thursday, May 28, 2020
7:30 am – 7:45 am Continental Breakfast

7:45 am – 8:35 am Teaching Session #5: Drones for Audit Automation
Drones have been integrated  into audit process. Learn how with CountThings software.
Deniz Appelbaum – Montclair State University

8:35 am – 9:50 am Lessons from Practice #3: New hire panel - What I Wish I’d Known
New hire panelist will discuss the impact technology has had on their career. What they felt prepared for, what was a surprise and how much on-the-job learning has occurred? Their experiences range from learning to be proficient with Excel and Outlook to coding business process automations.
Moderator: Margarita Lenk - Colorado State University
Panel SessionFirm Representatives

9:50 am – 10:00 am Break

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Teaching Session #6: Introducing AI Modeling Concepts to Students: Logic Programming Versus Neural Networks
Introduction of modeling concepts in AI, comparing and contrasting Logic Programming using the SWI Prolog Editor to highlight Prolog's use of resolution address financial accounting assertions and Nueral Networks using Palisade's NuralTools showcasing its use in classification problems for bankruptcy preditions.
Robert Nehmer – Oakland University

10:50 am - 11:40 am Lessons from Practice #4: Impact of Distributed Ledger Technology Firm Speaker
Practitioners will emphasize distributed ledger technology and provide various perspectives for the discussion: tax implications of cryptocurrencies, audit of a client blockchain, consulting with clients on use cases for implementation.

11:40 am – 12:30 pm Teaching Session #7: Blockchain: Bridging the Profession-Education
Engage students in interactive learning activities to introduce blockchain concepts through in-class discussion, current events, short videos, collaborative research and web-based hands-on tasks to scaffold learning.
Kimberly Church – University of Missouri Kansas City
Ethan Kinory – Rutgers University Camden

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Teaching session #8 (lunch provided): Blockchains: An Experiential Accounting Learning Activity
Using an experiential learning approach, we create a hands-on, learning activity focused on blockchains in order for accounting students to gain a conceptual understanding of blockchains and its applications and implications beyond bitcoins.
Lorraine Lee - University of North Carolina Wilmington


Note: The CPE Fields of Study curriculum is divided into twenty subject matter areas. These fields represent the primary knowledge and skill areas needed by accounting licensees to perform professional services in all fields of employment. Each Credit Hour is based on 50 minutes. The Program Level for each of these sessions is Basic, unless otherwise stated. Delivery Method: Group Live

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