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Right after Christmas your body reminds you, uncomfortably, of all the extravagant dinners you’ve had. But have you thought about connecting the body with learning? Susan Hrach [pronounced ‘rock’] does so in her book ‘Minding Bodies’. [Ref. 1] She makes two claims. One, the body needs to be in a…Read more

DEAD CLIC: it’s time to kill it off

Mnemonics may have their place but “DEAD CLIC” isn’t one to keep. Let’s kill it off. A friend told me that when she was learning accounting she dared to ask “Why do debits increase both expenses and assets?” This didn’t seem to make sense to her because a debiting effect…Read more

The nature of assets

The elements of financial statements are the building blocks of financial statements. If your students understand what the elements are then they have a good basis for understanding how events are reported in financial statements. Those elements – assets, liabilities, equity, income and expenses – are key to understanding financial…Read more

Top 5 most confusing things about accounting

At Accounting Cafe we’re discussing how we can clear up the confusing things about accounting. Terms that we take for granted are confusing for students. Make their learning journey faster and easier using these simple tips. Here are our top 5 most confusing things about accounting: 1. The most valuable…Read more

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How role play in accounting education creates an effective and engaging lesson about a topic that can feel very dry. This example uses a case study to explore the processes involved in simple transaction cycles. I introduced this activity in an Accounting Information Systems (AIS) course for first-year undergraduates studying…Read more

Artificial intelligence in accounting education has been promised for a long time. Finally, it’s here, but are you ready for it? Explore the hype and the realities at this free Accounting Cafe seminar on Thursday 16 February 2023 at 3pm. The latest and most prominent tool to attract attention is…Read more

Right after Christmas your body reminds you, uncomfortably, of all the extravagant dinners you’ve had. But have you thought about connecting the body with learning? Susan Hrach [pronounced ‘rock’] does so in her book ‘Minding Bodies’. [Ref. 1] She makes two claims. One, the body needs to be in a…Read more

An Accounting Cafe live drop-in session for teachers on 8 February 2023 at 4.30pm. Come along for a chat. We’ll help you to teach accounting with confidence. This 30-minute session is an opportunity to pop in for a chat about the Teach Accounting with Confidence courses and materials. If you’ve…Read more

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