Currently the University of Pretoria presents five extended degree programs, mostly on the UP Mamelodi campus. Due to the intensive nature of these programs, faculty rarely have the opportunity to discuss teaching and learning and share their experiences among colleagues. The teaching and learning day aims to provide a dedicated time to facilitate communication and provide development opportunities. Stephen and Astrid enthusiastically shared their experience of using technology in their teaching to encourage greater student engagement.
Stephen and Astrid were invited to share their journey of their development and growth as teachers and as a teaching team with the participants of the University of Pretoria's Academic Staff Induction Program. Their presentation highlighted their shift to evidence-based teaching and the increasingly constructivist approach of their pedagogy.
AE Rookies presented a course to 30 accounting faculty from various departments (audit, financial accounting and taxation). The curriculum was designed as a formative experience; insights gained during initial program sessions were applied to those that occurred later in the program. Some pre-work was required to enhance the overall educational experience. The program included the following sessions:
If at first you don't succeed try doing what your professor told you to do the first time...
On Friday 3 June 2016, we hosted a BootCamp for our intermediate accounting students to assist them in preparing for their mid year assessment. Deloitte kindly sponsored coffee and muffins for the students to energize them for the day. The all-day Boot Camp was inspired by the success of our 2015 Boot Camp and Jackson, M. (2014). Accounting “Boot Camp”. Journal of Accounting Education, 32(1), 88-97.
Many university students who successfully navigate their first accounting course stumble, earning lower grades or failing classes, when they begin taking intermediate courses. Students who previously failed such courses indicated they were not prepared for the rigor of the intermediary courses or that they lacked commitment to put forth the effort required in these courses.
IFRS Rookies presented an intermediate accounting boot camp to address this.
AE Rookies presented a course on accounting education research to participants from the University of Pretoria, University of Witwatersrand and University of South Africa. This course provided an introduction to research in the domain of accounting education. Highlights of the course included:
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