Survey of Accounting 4th Edition
We are excited to announce the availability of instructional videos that explain the content associated with every learning objective introduced throughout the text. These videos have been developed by a member of the author team and are available when assigned through McGraw-Hill Connect Accounting. They have the touch and feel of a live lecture as opposed to a canned PowerPoint
presentation. The benefits are enormous. Videos allow students to pause for contemplation and note-taking. They permit students to repeat difficult concepts or fast-forward through content they have mastered. In other words, videos enable self-paced learning. No longer is the lecture too fast for some and too slow for others. Now the lecture satisfies the needs of each individual student. Many accounting educators have taught in professional exam prep courses that make extensive use of video lectures. Now you can bring that prep course learning approach into your everyday classroom. You can use the videos we provide to transform the traditional classroom from a passive listening exercise into an active learning experience. Here are some examples of how you can use instructional videos to improve the classroom environment.
Instructional videos enable instructors to flip the traditional teaching model. Specifically, instead of providing a lecture in class and then assigning homework, flip courses deliver the lecture at home and use the classroom as a place for students to work problems and ask questions. The teacher ’s function moves from lecturer to coach and tutor. Without a requirement to deliver a lecture, the instructor is free to tutor students in small groups or individually. Instruction becomes more focused and individualized. Indeed, when coupled with Connect® technology, instructors can obtain real-time feedback that allows them to identify and approach specific students who are having difficulty without disturbing those students who are able to digest the material independently.
Competency-Based Learning Courses
Video instruction enables the implementation of a competency-based grading system. Since learning is self-paced, grades can be assigned on the basis of how deep students go into the content as opposed to an averaging approach. For example, content could be divided into modules. Grades could be assigned based on the number of modules completed successfully. Weaker students could repeat lowerlevel modules, while stronger students move on to more advanced topics. When you are no longer forced to move students through your class in a lock-step fashion, the potential for improving the learning environment is virtually limitless.
There are many different competency-based models that can be applied to introductory accounting. At this point, our objective is to introduce the general possibilities for improving learning. If you are interested in developing a specific competency-based approach for your classroom, you can speak directly with a member of the author team who has used videos in a variety of settings (contact information is provided on the following page). Standardized lesson plans that can be adapted for use in your individual classroom are available upon request.
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