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facilitate conversation about online learning, and more subjects pertinent to the challenges facing educators today,
a LinkedIn MSCPA Educators Discussion group has been set up. This is an easy way to ask Michael questions, and receive
answers in a manner where all can benefit from the exchange.
the group LinkedIn members, click here. If you aren't a member of LinkedIn yet, go to www.linkedin.com to create a profile, and then click on the link listed previously, or you can search for the MSCPA Educators group.
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Accounting Careers Manager
Missouri Society of CPAs
Peer to Peer -- "Teaching
Online Accounting Courses" Part 3 of 3 by Michael Hammond, CPA
This article is the third of three parts on "Teaching Online Accounting Courses." It covers
the application of student feedback, course evaluation, and the utilization of university support. The first part of this
article, covering the selection of content organization and delivery methods, was published in the November 2012, Volume 2
Issue 2 of "The Source," and is available above. The second part of this article, covering communication
to and from students, and the administration of the testing environment, was published in the February 2013, Volume 2 Issue
3 of "The Source," and is also available above.
As discussed in the second part of this article
series, communication is a key component of an online class. As part of this communication process, I encourage students to
provide comments and course suggestions feedback to improve my course. From the student's perspective, I need to know what
difficulties the students may have had while taking the online course. This feedback ensures my course can provide for, and
deliver, a positive learning experience for my students. Feedback is sent to me via emails, phone calls, and the discussion
board posts. While all forms of communication are acceptable, I find student communication via email works best for me. It
allows the feedback, if appropriate, to be documented and attached to the student's email. Documentation, such as screen shots,
allow me to "see" exactly what the student is referring to, and provides a clearer understanding of what steps I
need to take to help the student.
Many of my course improvements are the direct result of meaningful
student comments and suggestions. Meaningful student comments and suggestions being defined as feedback, whether positive
or negative, that has measurable and implementable outcomes which could be of benefit to all the students in the course.
online course evaluations are also a resource for improving my course. However, there is a significant limitation in the course
improvement process as the student online course evaluations consist of "one-way" communication. At Missouri State
University, student online course evaluations are anonymous and administered electronically. The course evaluation feedback
is comprised of student responses to university questions and the ability to write brief comments. By analyzing the anonymous
responses, I am able to make course improvements with the only limitation being I am unable, if needed, to follow up with
the students on any of the evaluation comments.
At Missouri State University, online course instructors have access
to significant support through the University's Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) department. The FCTL provides
support for the development of, and continued assistance with, online courses. The FCTL currently uses a modular program to
help faculty with areas such as course design and development, assessment methods, teaching using technology and pedagogical
best practices. The FCTL provides continued support to online courses through course offerings, showcases, workshops, and
blogs. There are also professional instructional designers available to help instructors on a one-to-one basis. I have already
developed one online course, and am in the process of developing a second one. The FCTL has been with me all through each
development process, and continues to provide me with great ongoing support. I can't stress enough; instructors of online
courses need to take full advantage of all of the university resources available. The result will be an online course to be
proud of, which provides an excellent learning environment for the students.
Thank you for allowing me to share
my online course thoughts. If readers would like to share their online course strategies, hints, successful, or not so successful,
stories with me, I can be reached at email@example.com
. I also want to thank MSCPA for allowing me to be a part of "The Source"
About the Author:
Michael Hammond is a Senior Instructor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University. Mr Hammond is a licensed
CPA in MIssouri. He has taught at Missouri State for 10 years, and has 25 years of industry experience. Mr Hammond currently owns
a management consulting company, which operates in the summers when he is not teaching.
NEW! MSCPA EDUCATOR
MSCPA would like to take this opportunity to honor you, as an educator, on National Teacher Day, Tuesday,
Your profession is one which doesn't always receive the recognition it deserves. The influence you have
over future leaders at the local, state, national, international levels is tremendous.
The long hours both in and
out of the classroom, and your dedication are reflected in the caliber of students we have as members.
acknowledgement is important, sometimes just receiving a "thank you" can mean so much more. When you are given both
- it makes it all the sweeter!
As our "Thank You" for your service to future CPAs, for
the 2013/2014 fiscal membership year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), MSCPA will provide all educators with a complimentary
membership! To take advantage of this offer, simply fill out the online MSCPA Educator Program form. Once the form is received, your membership will be converted to the complimentary status. So spread the word - MSCPA appreciates
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THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
2012/2013 ACCOUNTING CAREERS AWARDS
Congratulations to Benjamin Taylor, our 2011-2012 Student of the Year! Ben attends the University
of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
Student of the Month - Do you know a Missouri accounting major who
deserves recognition for his/her achievements and leadership? Nominate him/her for the MSCPA Student of the Month award!
Here is a link to the Nomination Form.
Student of the Year -
One winner will be chosen from the twelve (12) monthly winners from 2012/2013, and he/she will be featured
in a September 2013 ASSET article, which is the monthly publication sent to all MSCPA members, and recognized
at an Awards Celebration.