A major content road-test for Xero Learn (Xero’s innovative new learning platform for educators) has been completed with AccountingPod delivering its dynamic content and auto-marking technology to 260 students from two AIS classes at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Waikato University, accounting lecturer, Jackie Allen explains why she chose to plug-in Xero Learn and AccountingPod to her courses,
â€œI am always on the look-out for opportunities to integrate new technology learning into my Accounting Information Systems papers. A few years ago, I piloted and then fully implemented a module introducing my students to Xero Accounting Software. This initiative was a great success. Familiarity with Xero has become almost a baseline requirement for entering the accounting workforce. Â So, when AccountingPod came along with content and teaching tools for Xero and now Xero Learn, I jumped at the chance to innovate.â€�
Rising to the challenge to provide real-world business experience for students in the cloud, AccountingPod has teamed up with Xero Learn to provide the realistic content case studies and auto-marking of student work on Xero.
Judith Cambridge, co-founder of AccountingPod believes that auto-marking for teachers is the secret sauce to their content case studies.
â€œWe save teachers hundreds of hours of marking time so they can focus on other valuable areas of teaching. We also mark at a more granular level to really understand the student learning journey on an accounting platform like Xero Learn.â€œ
Jackie too saw a key benefit of using the technology focused content creator AccountingPod.
â€œAs lecturer, there is a lot to be said for sharing the load when it comes to assessment. Â AccountingPod takes on not only the delivery of content but also the responsibility for marking assessments.â€�
AccountingPod provided a realistic agri-business data set and teaching content to Waikato University over a four week period, populating 6,000 data lines for each student case study and auto-marking nearly five million data points from Xero Learn.
â€œOur goal is to close the gap between accounting theory and current business practice by delivering realistic accounting content, auto-marking, feedback and anti-cheat to our tertiaries via the cloud. Xero Learnâ€™s platform that hosts the data and student activity has performed really well, and we congratulate the team thereâ€� says Judith.
On the student experience side Jackie commented,
â€œAs with any paper there was a spread of final results for this module, but I can say with certainty that the students who engaged with the process really enjoyed their learning â€“ although some didnâ€™t realise how much they had learnt until they reflected on the experience at the end. Undoubtedly there were challenges, but I think challenging our students is in danger of becoming an increasingly scarce phenomenon, yet is vitally important in this world full of disruption.â€�
Says Judith, â€œlike Xero Learn and Waikato University, we are committed to investing in the future generation of accountants by providing them with â€˜work or entrepreneur readyâ€™ skills. Thatâ€™s why we built AccountingPod, to engage those students who thought accounting was boring! Business and accounting in todayâ€™s world is exciting, itâ€™s multi-faceted, fast paced, technology driven and really needs new players to engage in guiding the future of businessâ€�.
Collaborations between educators and content creators like this really illustrate the powerful learning and development that can happen for students when technology is harnessed. It not only drives real-life teaching scenarios but works to close the gap on education to employability skills.
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