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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Accounting Genius

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 2.75 stars
Ease of Use: 3.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Feb 26, 2010 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This accounting module enables students to assess their learning of introductory accounting concepts based on Australian GAAP using interactive applications such as 'fill-in-the-blank' quizzes, multiple choice tests, 'drag-and-drop' activities and more. Topics and number of assessment activities included: 1). Introductory activities (3), 2). Trading firms and stock (5), 3). Cash journals (5), 4). Statement of Receipts and Payments (2), 5). Credit transactions (5), 6) Discounts and GST (2), 7) The Profit and Loss Statement (5), and 8) the Balance Sheet (4). Teachers can also create their own assessments using the Qedoc software.
Learning Goals: To self-assess or reinforce a variety of principles of accounting concepts.
Target Student Population: Middle School, High School
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students must have learned the accounting information elsewhere prior to use.
Type of Material: Assessment tool and/or drill and practice
Recommended Uses: Portions could be assigned as homework. Some sections are best used in class as review.
Technical Requirements: Requires the internet and Java (free) software if done online. It can be installed on one's desktop as well. Generally requires the Qedoc Quiz Player which can be downloaded from the site.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths:
  • The very elementary concepts covered are based on Australian generally accepted accounting principles. Content is primarily of the definition of terms nature.
  • In addition to the assessment activities, a table of contents has been included on the Accounting Genius home page that includes 1) a description of the product, 2) sample questions, 3) screen shots, 4) how to use the module, 5) how to edit the module, 6) reviews, and a 7) see also link.
  • Concerns:
  • Because this assessment tool is based on Australian GAAP, many of the terms used will be foreign and irrelevant to students from other countries. For example the acronym GST is used without explanation. A "premise" is a non-current asset.
  • The module is not self-contained in that prior study is required in order to be able to use the module. No links to content for review exist.
  • Lowest level thinking skill of understanding is only assessed.

  • Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

    Rating: 2.75 stars
    Strengths: Students can create a profile and compete with other students for the top points earned. A personalized certificate can be printed as verification of completion that is automatically dated. Educators can adapt/modify the assessments.
    Concerns:
  • Learning objectives and prerequisite knowledge are not specified.
  • Users aren’t told which answers are wrong, or what the correct answers should be.
  • Some questions require fill in the blank with no suggestions as to choices or spelling.
  • For several fill-in-the-blank activities contain a key word the gives away the answer. Example: "_______ states that the reports should be comparable..."
  • It wasn’t clear if one of the activities was an activity or an example.

  • Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

    Rating: 3.25 stars
    Strengths:
  • The software background is visually appealing. Users can also change the background.
  • Drag and drop activities are fun.
  • A bell sounds when a response is correct.
  • Under the "Help" button, users can report bugs.
  • Module is highly interactive and engaging.
  • Concerns:
  • The program is not easy to use, nor intuitive. It is cumbersome and awkward to navigate. Students are likely to become lost and frustrated.
  • Instructions are minimal.
  • Guests taking an assessment cannot access results. Software says to go to the Welcome Page and create a profile, but the Welcome Page doesn't allow registering.
  • Reward icons are not defined.

  • Other Issues and Comments: This module is part of the Qedoc web site which contains a variety of submitted materials. Teachers can create learning materials for their own students’ needs.