New teaching methods recognised in AFAANZ awards

Monday, 29 July 2013  Features

Kar-Ming Chong from the Australian School of Business has been awarded the 2013 Pearson AFAANZ Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year Award, for the use of new technology such as podcasting, online documents, and for a flipped classroom approach.

He was acknowledged for his motivation to find the best use of students' time in the classroom and, in doing so, redesigned a third year, undergraduate accounting course and adopted the flipped classroom approach to learning.

Senior Lecturer Kar-Ming Chong who teaches introductory accounting said "I now spend more time interacting with my students in seminars and promoting their interaction with each other to help them develop oral communication, teamwork and analytical skills. The flipped classroom approach moves lectures outside the seminar so that the teacher can spend more one to one time with students in the seminar to improve their learning."

He also uses the latest technology to help teach his students. "I use Google Docs to create a collaborative learning environment. This technology facilitates teamwork by enabling student team members to create and edit documents such as Word online simultaneously and in real-time which helps them discuss and solve problems in seminars."

In addition, he has turned students' smart phones and tablets into learning devices which he says increases the relevance of education in today's technology-driven world. In so doing Kar-Ming Chong has branched out into podcasting. "I have demonstrated that podcasts can be used to deliver content to free up the seminar time so that teachers and students can undertake more value-added, learning-by-doing activities, and which also gives students time for feedback in seminars."

It is the third time the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales has been recognised in the awards. Previous recipients of the award are Kerry Humphreys in 2011, and in 2002 the award was given to Elizabeth Carson.

The aim of the award, which was created in 2001, is to encourage and recognise innovative teaching practices in Accounting or Finance at a university level. The Pearson Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year award is judged by the Education Directors of CPA Australia, the CAANZ and the NZICA.

For further details contact Kar-Ming Chong on km.chong@unsw.edu.au or 02 9385 5916

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