2018 RMIT Accounting Educator’s Conference

Out with the old, in with learning technologies. The exchange of ideas and information in the Accounting industry, led by Dr Meredith Tharapos.

Date: 19 Nov 2018
Time: 9:00 AM-05:00 PM
Venue: RMIT, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
More information: Dr Meredith Tharapos

The School of Accounting partnered with CPA Australia for the annual RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference. Held on Monday 19 November 2018, the day-long conference welcomes the exchange of ideas and information about research, education, projects, practice and policies within the Accounting industry.

Following the theme of Out with the old, in with learning technologies, the 2018 program featured keynote speakers Associate Professor Stephen Coetzee and Astrid Schmulian, from the University of Pretoria. The conference also allowed participants to hear from a panel of guest speakers and parallel sessions with accounting and education scholars, including Amanda White from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School, Eva Tsahuridu from RMIT School of Accounting and Viktor Arity also from RMIT School of Accounting.

Dr Simon Eassom, Executive General Manager: Member Education, CPA Australia, opened the conference with a thought-provoking presentation that challenged how Australian education operates and moving to education on-demand while encouraging mini stackable qualifications could pave the way for Australia’s future in education.

Associate Professor Stephen Coetzee introduced new technologies such as HyperDocs and Messenger bots, designed to support teaching and learning for education of the Australian accounting industry.

The panel session titled Innovative use of technology in curriculum and pedagogy showcased Victor Arity, Dr Eva Tsahuridu, Dr Amanda White explored innovative uses of technology in educating both students and members of the accounting profession.

Arity, alongside Dr Gillian Vesty from the RMIT School of Accounting, presented on research-backed opportunities to utilise serious games for education in the accounting industry, whilst White tapped into the power of YouTube and social media to promote accounting as a career for the future.

Following from this, Tsahuridu showcased the world-first in the accounting industry, an innovative accounting ethics game – Bogart Technologies currently being developed by herself, Dr Gillian Vesty and Professor Steven Dellaportas which leads to a micro credential and CPD hours. 

The Journal of Accounting Education published a special issue featuring the 2018 RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference, designed to encourage debate and research about the use of technology in curriculum and pedagogy. Special Guest Editors were Meredith Tharapos and Brendan O’Connell, both from RMIT University School of Accounting.

Following the success of annual events, the 2019 RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference will be held on Monday 18 November in Melbourne with the theme of Moving from diversity to inclusion in accounting education.

If you or your organisation is interested in being involved with the upcoming conference, please get in touch via accounting@rmit.edu.au.

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