The Customisation of Perdisco e-Learning Resources to Enhance Student Learning in an Accounting Course in Various Locations Using Differing Modes of Learning

By Susan Bolt and Siân Flynne.

Published by The Learner Collection

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At Curtin Business School (CBS) in Western Australia all first year business students undertake a general Accounting unit as part of the common core of units in the Bachelor of Commerce. Experience has shown that, in their second year, students have difficulty gaining the more specialised discipline knowledge of the Accounting (Financial) 250 unit. Moreover, the learning gap experienced by students as they move from the generalised to the specialised unit is exacerbated if students learn through distance education or attend offshore campuses rather than face-to-face at CBS in Bentley. To overcome these difficulties Siân Flynne investigated alternative approaches to the teaching and learning of this unit. Over two years, she negotiated with consultants to tailor the Perdisco e-learning resources to the learning outcomes of the Accounting (Financial) 250 unit, trialled and implemented the learning program. Evidence of the effectiveness of this approach was collected through quantitative data such as students’ results and unit evaluation scores; qualitative data was collected through student surveys and anecdotal feedback. The results showed that students’ learning was significantly enhanced through the use of the Perdisco e-learning resources. The results were disseminated locally as a case study and now internationally through this paper.

Keywords: e-Learning, Accounting (Financial), Tertiary Education, Work Integrated Learning, Simulated Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.721-736. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.837MB).

Dr. Susan Bolt

Coordinator Teaching and Learning, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Susan Bolt provides professional support and leadership in the area of teaching and learning for academic staff at Curtin Business School in Western Australia. Her research interests include adult learning, organisational change and the scholarship of teaching. As a result of her PhD research Susan developed an integrative model of professional learning in dynamic environments. Through the use of this model she encourages the integration of formal and informal learning to enhance human resource development. Moreover she is interested in furthering an understanding of how best to truly integrate knowledge from the disparate fields of education, business and psychology to enhance learning in the workplace.

Siân Flynne

Business Manager, School of Accounting, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Siân Flynne has been with the School of Accounting, Curtin Business School (CBS) since 1989. Until December 2008 Siân was a lecturer, during which time she was unit coordinator of and lecturer in several undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate financial accounting units. Siân has also been actively involved in wider School of Accounting, CBS and University issues, having served on many committees and working parties and having performed the roles of Program Coordinator of the School’s Singapore program, Postgraduate program Coordinator and Director of Teaching and Learning. In January 2009 Siân left academia to take on the new role of the Business Manager of the School of Accounting. Prior to joining Curtin University, Siân spent seven years with the Perth Australian Taxation Office, working in both the technical and management branches. Siân’s publications include a chapter in a tertiary level financial accounting issues text, co-authorship of a CPA Australia monograph, and co-authorship of a company accounting practice set. Siân’s research interests are financial reporting for the not-for-profit sector and financial accounting generally.


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