Using PowerPoint to Encourage Active Learning: A Tool to Enhance Student Learning in the First Accounting Course

Using PowerPoint to Encourage Active Learning: A Tool to Enhance Student Learning in the First Accounting Course

Elise A. Boyas (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2008040102
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Abstract

Educators have recognized that curricula must become more focused on developing student skills and less focused on memorization of rules. Increasing demands on student time make it necessary for students to access learning support tools on demand. Successful curricula give students opportunities for active learning and opportunities to be self-regulated learners. Teaching students how to be active, self-regulated learners prepares them for careers which will require them to be lifelong learners. The creative use of technology throughout the curriculum can help educators bring active learning experiences to their students. This article describes the development of an interactive PowerPoint module for use in an introductory accounting course in a business school. This use of PowerPoint provides students with immediate, appropriate feedback with explanatory details. This tool is designed to be used outside of the classroom at the student’s own pace and can be used in disciplines other than accounting.

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