4 Resources for Faculty From the AAA Annual Meeting

Discover an easy way to find cases, a lesson-planning gold mine, and much more.

September 13, 2016

In August, I attended the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in New York City. Presenters at the sessions identified a number of excellent resources accounting faculty can use when developing their classes. Here are four that caught my attention: 

Accounting Case Search

Case studies can be an integral part of an accounting class, yet locating them is often a chore. To make it easier to find peer-reviewed case studies, Notre Dame associate teaching professor Michael Meyer, DBA, CPA (inactive), and programmer and developer Teresa Meyer created the Accounting Case Search.

To use this database, simply search by course title (for example, auditing/assurance), and topic (for example, audit risk or internal controls), and click on the links that appear to view abstracts. The database currently compiles cases from four peer-reviewed journals for both graduate and undergraduate courses.

The Meyers received the 2016 AAA Innovation in Education Award for creating the database.

Teaching and Learning Toolbox

From Kahoot! to Socrative, from EDpuzzle to Doceri, new teaching technologies pop up all the time. To get a handle on them all, check out the site Teaching and Learning Toolbox.

Developed by Markus Ahrens, CPA, CGMA, professor and chair of the accounting and legal studies department at St. Louis Community College, and Cathy Scott, professor and chair of the accounting program at Navarro College, this site contains capsule reviews of dozens of technologies, as well as ideas for using them in the classroom. The site also features a helpful list of technology resources and an infographic mapping different technologies to the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

EY Academic Resource Center

This free site may be the closest thing to a one-stop-shop for accounting lessons. It features a remarkably rich array of resources, including college-level curriculum modules on topics such as professional judgment, revenue recognition, fair value, and cultivating an analytic mindset. Its robust modules contain user guides, lecture notes, slides, examples, case studies, homework assignments, videos, and more. Naturally, you’ll want to edit and adapt the materials for your students, but the site’s still an excellent jumping-off point. 

The site is password-protected and only open to faculty. Email director Catherine Banks for an account.

Tableau for Teaching

If you’re been thinking about a low-risk way to introduce your students to data management and visualization, try Tableau. The desktop version is free for faculty and college students, and Tableau provides a wealth of instructional materials to help you use it in class, including tutorials, training videos, webinars, assignments, and the like. You can also ask questions or share advice with other professors on the Tableau for Teaching User Group forum.

Courtney L. Vien is an associate editor with the AICPA and the lead editor of Extra Credit.

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