Experiential Learning: From Managing Expectations to Measuring Student Performance
Professor Chris Cook from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business will discuss how they integrate experiential learning into the academic curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level and share ways in which these courses may be integrated at other universities.
In most accounting programs, priority is placed on acquiring specific accounting competencies with the assumption that students will develop business competencies through work experience. However, automation of the work environment increasingly requires new hires to demonstrate these competencies. One solution to accelerate students’ professional development is to implement faculty-guided experiential learning courses. The primary learning outcome of the experiential learning component is to improve student’s collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills that augment the technical and analytical skills emphasized in financial accounting, tax and audit courses. This blending of “soft and hard skills” better positions graduates to work across functional silos and work more effectively with both internal and external clients.
This session will cover topics including course design, managing client relationships, and measuring student performance.