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2020 IMPACT THE FUTURE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

HELD BY THE SOUTHEAST REGION OF THE AMERICAN ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATION

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Becoming a Better Author and Reviewer Workshop

Gain hands-on experience with reviewing articles and managing revise and resubmit comments. Learn insights from editors and award winning authors about the pathways to successful academic publishing.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:10 am

Welcome

8:10 am – 9:00 am

Future Forward: Prepping Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Joni Wilson Ferguson, Leaders Amplify, The Walt Disney Company

9:10 am - 10:00 am

Impact the Future:  Integrating Practice, Teaching, and Scholarship with Design Ideas from the Far Reaches of the Accounting Universe
William E. McCarthy, Michigan State University

An ontology, according to Tom Gruber, is "a specification of a conceptualization" -- a designed artifact that identifies the categories of a domain and a computable artifact that provides automated reasoning capabilities over a network of those categories. In a forthcoming AAA monograph by McCarthy, Geerts, and Gal (2020), the REA (Resource-Event-Agent) model is proposed as an ontological specification of the natural kinds in commerce (who, what, when, where, why, and how) that illustrates how its concepts can be used to integrate research, teaching, and practice in accounting.

10:00 am – 10:20 am

Break

10:20 am - 12:00pm

Concurrent Session Tracks

  • Applying Emerging Technologies to Research and Teaching
  • CTLA:  Focus on Teaching
  • Doctoral Student-Faculty Interchange
  • Research with an Impact on the Profession
  • Research with an Impact on Scholarship

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch

1:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Session Tracks

  • Applying Emerging Technologies to Research and Teaching
  • CTLA:  Focus on Teaching
  • Doctoral Student-Faculty Interchange
  • Research with an Impact on the Profession
  • Research with an Impact on Scholarship

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Break

3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Session Tracks

  • Applying Emerging Technologies to Research and Teaching
  • CTLA:  Focus on Teaching
  • Doctoral Student-Faculty Interchange
  • Research with an Impact on the Profession
  • Research with an Impact on Scholarship

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Reception

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:40 am

Concurrent Session Tracks

  • Applying Emerging Technologies to Research and Teaching
  • CTLA:  Focus on Teaching
  • Classroom Management Bootcamp
  • Research with an Impact on the Profession
  • Research with an Impact on Scholarship

9:40 am – 10:10 am

Break

10:10 am - 11:50 am

Concurrent Session Tracks

  • Applying Emerging Technologies to Research and Teaching
  • CTLA:  Focus on Teaching
  • Classroom Management Bootcamp
  • Research with an Impact on the Profession
  • Research with an Impact on Scholarship

11:50 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch Break – On Your Own

1:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Workshops (separate registration)

  • Integrating Data Analytics Into Your Accounting Courses: A Hands-on Workshop
    Presenters: Guido L. Geerts, University of Delaware, Gail Hoover King, Washburn University, Kimberly S. Church, University of Missouri-Kansas City

    If you are interested in integrating data analytics into your accounting courses, this hands-on workshop will get you started. You will work through several accounting problems that you can integrate into your classes, and we will also demonstrate how data analytics can be used as a cognitive tool to teach accounting concepts. No previous knowledge regarding data analytics is required, and the concepts and materials taught are relevant to all accounting disciplines. The software to be used in the workshop is Microsoft Power BI Desktop, which can be downloaded for free.
     
  • Implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Beginners:  A Hands-on Workshop
    Presenters: Ann C. Dzuranin, Northern Illinois University and Wendy Tietz, Kent State University

    In this workshop, you will learn what Robotics Process Automation (RPA) is and how it is affecting the accounting profession. We will be walking through a few basic RPA projects using Automation Anywhere, one of the market leaders in RPA software. Bring a Windows laptop if you want hands-on experience with Automation Anywhere. You will leave with a few student-ready basic RPA projects.
     
  • An Introduction to Permissioned Blockchains Using Hyperledger:  A Hands-on Workshop
    Presenter: Clinton E. White, University of Delaware

    The objective of this workshop is to expose accounting educators to blockchains, smart contracts, and Hyperledger. Blockchain is a new technology for validating, recording, and storing transaction data in a secure and immutable chain; in this sense it is an accounting IS technology. Hyperledger is an open source platform for creating and running “permissioned” blockchains. Permissioned blockchains are the technology of choice in business. This workshop is designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of blockchains, their implementation on the Hyperledger platform, and teaching resources. In addition to a lecture foundation, attendees will work with software to create a blockchain transaction and use Hyperledger Composer to model a blockchain and test transactions. Attendees should bring a laptop on which they can download software; or pre-install a good text editor (Notepad ++ or Sublime) and a simple hash tool (Hash Tool or Hash Maker). A basic understanding of blockchain is helpful but not required.
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