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iLearn Open House – Featuring ACCG250

This week we take a look at ACCG250, Accounting Systems and Business Processes, a second year accounting subject.

The subject teaches students how information systems help support business processes and covers aspects such as:

  • Cyber Security
  • Understanding how companies make money
  • Understanding how companies spend their money
  • How they can protect their assets
  • And what is new in the world of Information Systems

It’s a work in progress

Mauricio has taught this subject for the last three years, (and is therefore experienced in the content) but his attitude to iLearn is to keep it evolving, rather that leave it as a stationary site, “the biggest thing [I’ve learnt] is don’t be married to your ideas, just keep evolving and ask for feedback, see what people think about it.”

He gathers feedback from his students by using a customised end of session survey or TEDS surveys. Mauricio’s questions in the survey prompt students to reflect on their learning and the content as well as pedagogy employed in the unit, some examples are:

  • In this course, it helped my learning of the content when…… because……..
  • It would have helped my learning of the content if……. because………
  • The biggest obstacle for me in my learning the material was……. because……..

Based on reviewing the answers provided by students, Mauricio has reconsidered the weighting of his assessments, for instance.

 Reveal content week by week

Ensuring students aren’t overwhelmed at the start of semester, Mauricio releases content week by week. Students are then able to focus only on the current week, not the entire unit content. “It’s the most important thing, we are in week 7, and it means students can only see up to week 7 and don’t get overwhelmed, they know that they are working through it week by week”.

Kickstart to engage your students early

Mauricio worked with his L&T team to develop informative and engaging videos for prospective students as part of the Kickstart initiative (including the one above and below). Mauricio places emphasis on engaging the students with the unit content before they turn up to the first lecture or tutorial: “This is the first time they will see you, this is their first impression. You can set a tone here. Students naturally wonder when looking at Kickstart material: Who is my lecturer? Am I going to enjoy this unit?”

Experiential learning

Mauricio uses an experiential approach to learning by presenting a case study that students work with. They follow one company every week called Nile Books. This allows students to understand how what is covered in class affects an organisation. Every week a custom created video is presented to the students in relation to one aspect, e.g. setting up the company, revenue cycle, expenditure cycle.

Mauricio explains “When we get to revenue (as a topic to discuss) a video will also appear on iLearn on how Nile Books does their revenue cycle”.

There is another twist. Not only do students see what happens to Nile Books every week, they get to develop their own narrative week by week. At the start of the session, in groups, students are assigned a company. They will then report on their company and the progress made in relation to an aspect covered in the lecture, e.g. “if we are talking about the revenue cycle, students will have to describe the revenue cycle of their company”.

Subway Map to piece it all together

To keep students on track, understanding the nature of the content and how it relates, Phil Goody, a Learning Designer from FBE, developed a ‘subway map’ for Mauricio’s students. The map pieces together the relationship between topics and helps students wrap their head around the content as a whole.

Mauricio's unit 'subway' map
Mauricio’s unit ‘subway’ map

To access Mauricio’s units or any opened unit, in the right side of your iLearn home page,  you’ll see a search block – enter a unit code or keyword.