The usage of an online discussion forum for the facilitation of case-based learning in an intermediate accounting course

Sidney Weil, Nicholas McGuigan*, Thomas Kern

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper describes the implementation of an online discussion forum as a means of facilitating case-based learning in an Intermediate Financial Accounting course. The paper commences with a review of case-based learning literature (Campbell and Lewis, 1991; Wines, Carnegie, Boyce and Gibson, 1994; Hassall, Lewis and Broadbent, 1998; Boyce, Williams, Kelly and Yee, 2001; Milne and McConnell, 2001; Weil, Oyelere and Rainsbury, 2004) and the use of online discussions as a delivery platform (Shaw, 2001; Moore and Marra, 2005; Pena-Shaff, Altman and Stephenson, 2005), linking these pedagogical approaches to the emerging needs and learning styles of the current generation of 'digital' students (Sheahan, 2005). The paper then describes the context in which the research takes place, including the nature of the course, its learning objectives and its educational philosophy and describes the rationale for the implementation and usage of the online discussion forum. Survey data were collected and analysed from a single student cohort to assess student perceptions of the benefits and limitations of case studies and online discussion groups to augment case-based learning. The findings suggest that students perceive numerous benefits associated with case-based online discussions, including being exposed to other students' opinions, improving the ability to critically review case information, motivation to consult additional non-course related material and the convenience of the technology utilised.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Commerce 2009, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2009
Pages171-182
Number of pages12
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventIADIS International Conference e-Learning 2009, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2009 - Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 17 Jun 200920 Jun 2009

Other

OtherIADIS International Conference e-Learning 2009, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2009
CountryPortugal
CityAlgarve
Period17/06/0920/06/09

Keywords

  • Accounting education
  • Case-based learning
  • Online discussion

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