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

The nature of income

Dictionaries, from an accounting perspective, invariably provide an incorrect and conflated definition of income.

The nature of expenses

Expenses are a perfect illustration of how accounting uses common language in specific and uncommon ways.

Depreciation

Paul Jennings gives some tips on how to explain the nature of depreciation to students.

Concept maps in Accounting Education

Presentation by Toby York at the TACTYC Virtual Annual Conference 2021 on 15 May 2021 1. Background paper My presentation is based on a draft paper The benefits of concept mapping in accounting education [PDF] which is in three parts. Part one: identifies some common problems with current accounting education practices, drawn mostly from personal… Continue reading Concept maps in Accounting Education

Concept mapping and playful learning through ‘Colour Accounting’

Presentation by Toby York at the Games and Simulations in Accounting and Finance Education ('GSAFE') conference hosted by Aston University on 20 April 2021 The benefits of concept mapping in accounting education My presentation is based on a draft paper The benefits of concept mapping in accounting education, which is in three parts. Part one:… Continue reading Concept mapping and playful learning through ‘Colour Accounting’

Supply chain finance

Supply chain finance is making the news for all the wrong reasons. Although it is a centuries old form of finance, it has played a part in the demise of Abengoa, NMC, Carillion and most recently, Greensill. Here is a simple slide that explains the basic concepts behind factoring and supply chain finance. Download a… Continue reading Supply chain finance

It’s time to dump the set text

Using H5P to create Colour Accounting interactive content

Assets are rights

With gratitude to Paul Jennings for this clever idea. Some students find it difficult to appreciate that assets are rights, not things in and of themselves. I used to tell students that in the old days we put motor vehicles on balance sheets but they kept falling off. It didn't get many laughs. My friend… Continue reading Assets are rights