PeerWise Update

Hi

Wow! Just one more week of PeerWise. It ends at 5.00pm Friday 26 May (Week 11).

Addicted 1So many answers and comments to so many questions: About 67,000 answers and over 6,500 comments to about 4,700 questions we have written. And one person (I know who you are!) has cracked the 10,000 point mark. This is an amazing achievement, not often reached even by the most PeerWise-addicted.

All of our activity on PeerWise so far has involved us in a lot of thought, revision and reflection about many of the key concepts in the reading.

And PeerWise can really help us to become peer-wise; as we realise the value and benefit of each other, as we share our learning journeys together in each unit we study.

This is how we learn. Learning is a social activity, as we learn with and from each other.

Reading 1And people are enjoying reading Chapter 8 of the Study Guide, as we prepare to study capital budgeting next week.

Still plenty more to learn in our last two weeks of term. There is, afterall, one-sixth of our unit still to go.

And in any race, it does not matter in the end how we started; only how we ended as we race for the finish line.

And the exciting thing about learning is that there is no ‘finish line’; just markers along the way. There is always more to learn and experience.

Regards

Martin

20 May 2017

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Welcome

Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog.

I will tell you a few things about myself. I will also give you some of my perspectives as the unit co-ordinator (and ‘tour guide’) for Accounting, Learning & Online Communication.

One of the initial challenges for us in our unit will probably be to adjust how we learn. You will not be able to simply rote-learn ‘clear-cut facts’ about accounting and reproduce them in our assessments. What you will also need to do is to take the time and effort to understand for yourself what some of the key concepts we are studying about accounting mean to you. The assessed learning tasks in our unit are designed to help you experience this change in how you learn.

You may find this a little frustrating at first … you may find yourself asking ‘just give me the answers’ … do not worry, once you get used to it, learning for understanding and developing personal meaning is so much more fun than just rote-learning … and in years to come you will find you actually will have learnt something about accounting and will still remember and understand some of the key concepts about accounting we will be looking at.

There are also pages on our assessed learning tasks: PeerWise and Assignments . I will give you my tips and thoughts as we go along through the term.

And there are pages setting out the emails I will send everyone in our course during the term and also my tweets (@MartinTurner12), videos and a few extra pages from me.

Should be a fun journey!

I hope you come ‘on-board’ as we explore the (possibly) exciting world of accounting.

Martin

PeerWise

PeerWise: we finish Step 5 this Friday 27 May at 5.00pm.

Lots of people have given me feedback about different aspects of the course. Thank you for your comments, by email and written in your assignments and SPAs. And the best feedback are ideas people might have about how specific aspects of our course could be done better next time.

One comment I received was: “I felt Peerwise was a waste of time. So many of the questions were really quite inane and some not even relevant. The ones about things that we hadn’t covered leave you questioning how well you have covered the course content.”

How did you find PeerWise? What were the strengths and weaknesses of your experience using PeerWise in our course? Please leave your comments here on my blog, on our course Facebook page, or email me at m.turner@cqu.edu.au.

You can also leave written comments in your formal student feedback by clicking on the big red button ‘Have your say’ on Moodle (that is, if you haven’t yet completed your student survey; one-third of people in our course have already completed their survey). I will get this feedback after grades are finalised in the course.

During the term I deleted quite a lot of people’s questions on PeerWise that did not contribute well to the community of questions we were developing. Should I do more of this? Also, perhaps I need to help people better figure out how to follow people on PeerWise, so you can just answer questions from people who are writing great questions and ignore the ones that do not assist your learning (this is what I do). 🙂

Look forward to your feedback on PeerWise.

Regards, Martin

Posting Excel Spreadsheets

Hi

A few people are having trouble posting their Excel spreadsheet on their blog.

I have just included an empty Excel spreadsheet (it only includes a smile):

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I did this by clicking on the Add Media icon (top left hand corner icon) and then Documents and then click on Add New. You can then attach a file from your computer, such as an Excel spreadsheet.

I hope this helps.

Regards, Martin

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Mal Kenny Question

Question from Mal Kenny:

“Hey Martin,

When filling in my spreadsheet for all the different years, I noticed some numbers are different…

…for example, say when I look at the 2015 balance sheet for my company … beside the 2015 column is the 2014 numbers…

… when I checked the 2014 annual report for the numbers to see if they match up … they are slightly different to the numbers in the 2015 annual report in the 2014 column.

So what numbers should I use ?

Thanks heaps Mal”

Martin: Anyone else notice this issue with their firms when entering the numbers for their firm? If so, which numbers do you think you should use, and why?

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Hamburger trust metaphor

Brilliant post on trust in business and accounting from Amy Plant. And see my comment at the bottom of the post. 🙂

Martin

The Final AcCountdown

  • Hamburgers – not just tasty, also helpful

Let me give you the hot tip – I have a toolbox full of acronyms that someone has read out to me from a Microsoft Powerpoint, in Calibri size 14 font, with a soothing corporate gradient footer plastered across the bottom – and I can’t remember what any of the letters stand for. Yep, CPORTS, 5 P’s, 6 P’s, AID, SMART etc. they’re all in a metaphorical toolbox that lives in the dark recesses of my mind and I have no idea what they stand for, or even what some of the concepts they’re related to are. Give me a good metaphor or analogy any day to help understand a concept or just make sure it stays present in the common body of knowledge I draw on without having to try to remember.

So when I clicked on an article by Daniel Roth, the Executive Editor at…

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