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Embedding a single company case in an IFRS course

Alice Shepherd is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance at Leeds University Business School, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an award winning teacher with specialised knowledge of online and distance learning. https://videopress.com/v/6ZTnlr7W?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&posterUrl=https%3A%2F%2Faccountingcafe.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F12%2Fshepherd-alice_interview_20211210-1_mp4_std.original.jpg&preloadContent=metadata Alice Shepherd talks to Accounting Cafe Course context The cohort is approximately 200 students and the module is delivered… Continue reading Embedding a single company case in an IFRS course

Teach accounting with confidence

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On 7 December 2021, Colin Leith and Toby York hosted an introductory seminar to a free online course for Level 3 teachers called “Teach accounting with confidence”. Colin Leith and Toby York outline the course content and the teaching and learning strategies Colin Leith is Economics, Business and Esports Subject Advisor at Pearson Education and… Continue reading Teach accounting with confidence

Working capital is widely misunderstood

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Working capital is a widely used but often misunderstood term. To teach it well, the term needs careful scrutiny. The problem starts, as it usually does, with language. “Working” isn’t helpful—we don’t have non-working capital, but working capital suggests that it works and the rest of capital doesn’t. “Capital” is ambiguous and slippery—if you hear… Continue reading Working capital is widely misunderstood

Phenomenon-based learning

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Accounting Cafe online seminar on 19 November 2021 Liz Marsland, Queensland University of Technology (45 mins) Liz Marsland is a trailblazer in phenomenon-based learning. She unpacks the methods, the challenges and the benefits to students and teachers in using this multi-disciplinary approach that has wide application across subject areas and throughout educational levels. Elizabeth Marsland,… Continue reading Phenomenon-based learning

The nature of equity

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Of the five financial statement elements, equity is the most mercurial. In part, because it's a function of recognised assets less recognised liabilities, simply expressed in this form of the accounting equation. Assets – Liabilities = Equity (net assets) It’s this residual aspect of equity that makes balance sheets balance. They balance because equity is… Continue reading The nature of equity

What’s the ‘gateway drug’ for finance?

Accounting Cafe online seminar on 28 October 2021 Michael Gilmore, The Seven Dollar Millionaire Michael Gilmore believes that we need a gateway drug to get people hooked on finance. "The most generous estimates reckon 2/3 of the planet can't answer some basic questions on finance, but plenty of that 1/3 have guessed their way to… Continue reading What’s the ‘gateway drug’ for finance?

What kind of professional are you? Informed, competent or complete?

Accounting Cafe online seminar on 23 September 2021 Hilary Lindsay, former ICAEW President Hilary Lindsay contends that complete professionals are those who continue to learn in response to their environments. This requires more than professional knowledge and skills. It requires career adaptability.Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or coming to the end of your… Continue reading What kind of professional are you? Informed, competent or complete?

Top 5 most confusing things about accounting

At Accounting Cafe we’re discussing how we help our students ❤️ accounting. Accounting terms that we take for granted are confusing for students. Thinking about this in your teaching can make their learning journey that much faster and easier.Here are my top 5 most confusing things about accounting:⁉️ An entity's most valuable assets are rarely… Continue reading Top 5 most confusing things about accounting

Teaching liabilities

Paul Jennings gives some useful tips and sequences for teaching liabilities. Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay The elements of financial statements are the building blocks of financial statements.  If your students understand what the elements are then they will understand the basis for reporting events in financial statements. Those elements - assets, liabilities, equity, income… Continue reading Teaching liabilities