Professional Development Day: Thursday June 1

Thursday is Professional Development day. Choose from four half-day practical education workshops that will challenge your thinking and bring new life to your classroom practice. On Thursday we also host our two full-day special sessions, the Craft of Accounting Research workshop and the Accounting Perspectives Case-Writers' Roundtables.

Half-day Sessions

Education 1: 21st Annual Ethics Workshop : (Jacques-Cartier Room)

21st Annual Ethics Workshop

Presenters: The Centre for Accounting Ethics, University of Waterloo

Morning session, 9:00 to 12:30

The Centre for Accounting Ethics is pleased to invite all CAAA conference registrants to our 21st annual workshop. 

This year's workshop will discuss the ethical impact of SOX and its Canadian equivalent on the accounting environment.  It has been 15 years since the legislation was enacted in the US and 14 years since Bill 198 was enacted in Canada.  These laws were in response to the many corporate scandals of the 1980 and 1990s.  One of the purposes of these laws was to change how companies reported their financial standings.  It was intended to benefit shareholders and stock investors by bolstering transparency in fiscal reporting. 

There are rumblings in the US that such laws will be repealed as they are seen as too burdensome to corporations.  Did SOX and C-SOX accomplish their aims?  Have corporate financial reporting ethics been improved?  This workshop will discuss these issues and others.

Education 2: Making a Good Presentation : (Verdun Room)

Making a Good Presentation

Presenters: Hanen Khemakem and Richard Fontaine, UQAM

Morning Session: 9:00 to 12:30

What makes a good presentation?  Are we even able to answer this question? And are we able to objectively and fairly evaluate presentations and provide helpful feedback? In this workshop we will cover the latest in communication theory, and together evaluate each other using a dynamic and interactive group approach. 

This workshop will be conducted in French and English.

Education 3: Promoting Accounting Language Use Among Multilingual Students : (Verdun Room)

Promoting Accounting Language Use Among Multilingual Students

Presenter: Penny Kinnear, University of Toronto

Afternoon Session: 13:30 to 17:00

The move from studying about language to studying through the language to learn content requires a shift in goals and methods—for both students and instructors. Students, logically, continue to apply study methods and class participation patterns that helped them secure their entrance into competitive professional programs. This interactive session combines background on the difference between studying a language and using a language to study content with discussions and demonstrations of alternative strategies to encourage participation, assignment design (individual, group or team), providing feedback and assessment. There is no 'magic pedagogical bullet'. It's more about building a repertoire and learning when to deploy its different elements. 

Education 4: Millennials in the classroom: best practices to promote students’ engagement and participation, using interactive teaching tools : (Jacques-Cartier Room)

Millennials in the classroom: best practices to promote students’ engagement and participation, using interactive teaching tools

Presenters: Marta Samokishyn and Sandy Hervieux, Saint Paul University

Afternoon Session: 13:30 to 17:00

Millennials are fast-paced learners, who prefer multitasking and want to be “connected” anytime and anywhere. Many of us struggle to find a variety of teaching tools and methods that will maximize their engagement.

In this workshop, we explore different beliefs about classroom behaviours and learning preferences of millennials.

Through this hands-on workshop, you will:

  • reflect on the variety of educational needs of the students and understand the dynamics millennials bring to the classroom;

  • find and practice strategies to address these needs effectively through interactive teaching tools such as self-grading quizzes, and non-static presentation tools such as Prezi and Powtoon;

  • explore the effect of these tools on your assigned learning objectives and outcomes, and reflect on the impact they might have on the success and deeper integration of millennials in the learning process.

Participants will require a laptop for this session..

This session will be presented primarily in English, but questions and discussion in French are encouraged. A follow-up session, delivered primarily in French, will be presented on Friday, June 2.

Thursday's Education Sessions are sponsored by the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, Fanshawe College.

Full-day Sessions

Accounting Perspectives Special Event: Case-writers' Roundtables : (Lasalle Room)

Full-day Session: 09:00 to 17:00

In this session, participants will workshop their cases-in-progress via roundtable discussions, hear presentations from leading case writers, and debate real vs. realistic cases in accounting education. Participants will leave the session with valuable feedback to improve their cases, and a deeper understanding of developing and delivering case-based instruction.  


Pascale Lapointe-Antunes, Editor in Chief, Accounting Perspectives, Goodman School of Business


Norman Sheehan, Edwards School of Business: Using Design Thinking to Write and Publish Teaching Cases: Tips for Aspiring Case Authors

Chris Sturby, Ivey Business School: Writing Effective Cases Across Each of the CPA Technical Competency Areas

The case-writing roundtable is open to participants who submitted cases for consideration and who have subsequently had their cases accepted.

The Craft of Accounting Research: Planning, Performing, and Publishing Research in Accounting : (Fontaine H)

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Full-day Session: 09:00 to 17:00

Workshop Leaders:  Dan Simunic, University of British Columbia, Jean Bédard (University Laval) and Paul Hribar (University of Iowa).

This workshop is intended for doctoral students and junior faculty members interested in performing research and writing research-based articles for scholarly journals in accounting.  It will concentrate on issues and problems involved in planning and performing research, as well as writing up and publishing results.  The schedule will offer opportunities for selected participants to present and receive feedback on their own research ideas.  The workshop will be most valuable to Ph.D. students who have completed their course work and begun developing their own research, and junior faculty seeking feedback on early-stage projects.

Note:  If you register for this workshop, you must complete an additional questionnaire after you complete the CAAA Conference registration.  Shortly after you finish registering for the conference, you will receive an e-mail providing you with additional details about the workshop and directing you to the questionnaire.  If you have not completed the questionnaire by May 1, 2017, your registration in the workshop will be cancelled and your fee refunded.  Because of the importance of advance preparation to the success of this workshop, no registrations will be accepted on the day of the event. 

The Accounting Perspectives Case-Writers' Roundtables are sponsored by the Goodman School of Business, Brock University.

The Craft of Accounting Research Workshop is sponsored by the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Breakfast, lunch, and two refreshment breaks are provided to registrants for Thursday's workshops.

Refreshment breaks are sponsored by the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.


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