The accounting profession, as well as the entire educational community has dramatically changed over the past decade. No longer do university students take home text books to read and pour endless hours of continuous studying. Now all secondary and post-secondary education are on-line based with virtual text books. While printing out your reading materials is admirable, it’s not inexpensive when considering the cost of ink cartridges.
Education is no longer viewed as a tangible, physical experience with personal relationships. When I was educated in accounting, we purchased textbooks, brought them back to our dormitories, and read our assigned texts multiple times. Today, students have virtual keys to unlock a database at the publisher’s website and lose retrieval rights at each semester’s end! My generation had professors who used chalk boards and engaged in question & answers with the students. The professors cared because the class’ size were smaller.
Today’s educational process is neither as tangible nor personal. Nearly all in-person university classrooms use electronic versions of textbooks. This type of educational process lulls students to boredom or worse yet, sleepiness. Unfortunately, students also fall prey to thought ‘once I view a chapter, I’m done with it’. Video screens can’t be highlighted using a handy yellow marker in a traditional hand-held textbook. While video screens can be highlighted for certain sentences, it’s annoying trying to re-read by ‘paging down’ through a multitude of screens and searching for only the highlighted sentences.
University professors have created impersonal power point lessons which save time but deny the student from experiencing a live-action, real-time performance of the accounting formulas. Something is missed when a student can’t ask a professor to write the formula on a chalk board. A power point performance denies the student the opportunity to ask questions – because otherwise “We won’t be able to finish the 60-screen lecture before class ends”. Peer pressure plays into maintaining your silence.
Here is where I enter. I want to be your Accounting Mentor. I use an on-line video platform and screen share my Excel spreadsheet for the student to participant in problem solving. My students experience the tangible, real involvement of a 1-on-1 instructor who uses an Excel spreadsheet like a chalk board – as opposed to passively experiencing “one more power point presentation”. My students see the formula and how I arrive at the answer. They can ask questions on how the formula is performed and we don’t have the time pressure of having to complete a 60-screen lecture ‘before the class ends.’
Enduring a power point presentation of someone else’s work, frame by frame, is not personal and less than effective. Don’t miss understand, power point presentations are great for sharing information – but for learning by re-performing numerous formulas – listening to someone emphasis facts & figures by rote from a power point screen without a ‘live’ chalkboard or Excel screen co-demonstration is neither interactive & personal – it’s passive, passionless learning.