The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences – which celebrates its centenary this year – hosted its first-ever virtual year-end function on 1 December 2020 to celebrate the various Faculty successes achieved during this challenging year.
Kicking off the session, Prof Elsabé Loots, Dean of the Faculty, commended staff for all their efforts in ensuring the successful completion of the academic year. “The resilience and adaptability of our staff this year really pulled us through,” she said, before noting that the Faculty’s centenary celebration plans had to be adapted substantially in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Among some of the innovative ways of continuing the celebrations virtually was the hosting of virtual EMS Talk events and profiling the Faculty’s alumni, an initiative which will continue into the new year.
Prof Johan Oberholser, Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning, applauded the Faculty’s academic staff for the remarkable ease with which they adapted to teaching fully online. He noted that the Faculty’s efforts to upskill staff through virtual training sessions were well-received. “EMS staff are really committed to their teaching and they are also quite happy to take a challenge head on.”
The top academic achievers in the Faculty were announced, with Teaching and Learning Awards given to the following lecturers who introduced innovative teaching, maintained high module pass rates and were assessed to be good lecturers, based on objective evaluation on their teaching and classroom practice:
There were nine categories for the Research Awards and the following were the winners in each of the respective categories:
Watch the recording of the year-end event below:
Prof Stephen Coetzee and Dr Astrid Schmulian of the Department of Accounting in UP’s Faculty of Economic and Management Scienceswon the South African Accounting Association (SAAA) Best Innovative Teaching Initiative award, sponsored by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). They also won the award for the Best Innovative Teaching Presentation at the South African Accounting Association (SAAA) Teaching and Learning Conference 2018, held at the Nelson Mandela University in December. This conference provided a platform where academics could present and share research focusing on teaching and learning in Accountancy.
Prof Coetzee and Dr Schmulian were recognised for the exciting innovations they have introduced in their teaching, including Messenger bots, Team Assessment with Immediate Feedback (TAIF), and caselette-based Hyperdocs.
Bots are artificial narrow intelligence programmes, based in instant messaging apps, designed to interact with users in a human-like way. According to Prof Coetzee, the use of bots in messaging apps as a learning tool enhances student learning, engagement, motivation and interest, and presents possibilities for collaborative learning and quicker responses to FAQs in a large class environment. “The aim of this intervention used in the second-year Financial Accounting module is for students to actively learn, independently construct their own knowledge through interaction with the bots, to reflect and think more critically and read more attentively, while growing as independent thinkers and lifelong learners.”
TAIF has been suggested as an effective ‘competency-based assessment for learning’ technique and places the emphasis on authenticity and students learning to collaborate. Dr Schmulian explains that this assessment entails the use of the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) in a group assessment. “Following team consultation, the student-team scratches off the coating of their preferred response on the printed multiple-choice IF-AT card, and immediate feedback is then provided to the team by the appearance of a star for a correct answer, or a blank block for an incorrect answer.” The team assessment developed generic transferable skills across various competency areas and created an opportunity for social constructivist learning.
In addition, the two lecturers have adopted caselette-based HyperDocs. HyperDocs are transformative, interactive Google Docs or Slides created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. Case-based teaching is a pedagogical approach that engages students in the process of making real-world decisions. Cases should represent authentic workplace situations to encourage students to apply knowledge gained from the classroom or through additional research in order to solve the case. While traditional cases may be 15 or more pages long, shorter versions can be adopted and these are referred to as caselettes. When HyperDocs are combined with caselette-based teaching, students can develop skills in collaboration, analytical thinking and reflective judgment by reading and discussing complex, real-life scenarios.
The SAAA awards acknowledge their continually evolving approach to teaching and learning, which has in the past already been acknowledged by receiving awards such as the 2016 National Teaching Excellence Award from the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA).
- Author Department of Accounting (Source: www.up.ac.za)
So excited to be invited to key note at the RMIT Accounting Educators Conference 2018 on Monday 19 November 2018.
The RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference provides participants with the opportunity to:
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Academic staff in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences were honoured for the excellence they achieved in teaching and learning, as well as research, at the prestigious annual EMS Awards Function, which was held on 6 June 2018.
Prof Elsabé Loots, Dean of the Faculty, praised the staff in the Faculty for their commitment and hard work in the 2017 academic year. The awards in the teaching and learning category give recognition to lecturers who introduced innovations in their classrooms, maintained high module pass rates and were assessed to be good teachers based on an objective evaluation of their teaching and classroom practice. Stephen and Astrid were awarded this award for the third year in a row! (Source: UP 2018)
Stephen & Astrid attended the BAFA Accounting Education SIG in Brighton, Sussex. The conference is designed to provide:
Stephen presented their research into the use of Messenger bots in teaching and learning. Astrid presented their research and development of a team based assessment with immediate feedback.
Stephen & Astrid explored embracing Messenger chatbots in teaching and learning, and collaborative assessment with delegates at the Flexible Future Conference (https://www.flexiblefutures.co.za). Astrid's presentation on collaborative assessment was the joint most highly rated presentation at the conference.
Stephen & Astrid