Examining the online learning experiences of accounting students to inform post-Covid teaching practices

Brown Bag Research Series

Online via Zoom

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This project examines the experiences of accounting students forced to study online due to Covid19.  It is hoped that findings from this study will suggest opportunities to incorporate both synchronous and asynchronous online learning activities into future on-campus curriculum designs.

As of February 2021, both undergraduate and post graduate accounting students have participated in focus group discussions. Reporting on a variety of learning experiences, these discussions will inform a survey to be conducted semester 1, 2021.
It is intended that findings from the overall study will be reported out in the second half of 2021.

Presenters: Sarah Yang Spencer completed her PhD in Commerce, specialising in Strategic Management Accounting at Latrobe University, Melbourne, where she lectured for over ten years. As well as receiving several awards for her teaching, Sarah is a highly active CPA member. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Sarah worked as the Education Manager at CPA Australia for two years, where she provided oversight to the content development and professional examination across CPA’s Certification Programs.  Sarah’s research focus and areas of expertise include the scholarship of teaching and learning, curriculum internationalisation, business strategy, strategic management accounting, organisational learning, management control system, and corporate governance.

Miriam Edwards. Miriam is an educational designer at WCLA and a doctoral candidate with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience in developing online and blended courses within business disciplines. Miriam’s research interests span inclusive higher education practice and innovative online teaching.