This site from AccountingCoarch.com is a collection of links to the most frequently watched YouTube accounting videos from 2008-2010. The categories of videos are: Accounting Careers (from Expervillage.com), Financial Accounting Made Easy (from Gleim), CPA Profile Interviews (from the AICPA, Personal Finance (from the AICPA), three Quickbooks Tutorials. Beginning Excel Tutorials (from Motiontraining.com), and Accounting Humor. The videos vary in length and quality.
Type of Material:
YouTube Videos (presentations and tutorials)
The interviews might be used in class. The other videos could be suggested for viewing outside of class.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Each video has a specific objective illustrated by its title:
For the Accounting Career videos, students will understand: reasons for studying accounting, the benefits of being an accountant, how to become an accountant, typical courses taken, CPA exam requirements, and what can be done with a CPA license.
From the Gleim Financial Accounting Made Easy videos, students will understand the accounting process, the basic accounting equation, and debits and credits.
From the CPA Profile Interviews students will discover the variety of career paths open to accountants.
From the Excel Tutorials, students will learn how to create calculations, use functions, format data, create charts and print worksheets.
Target Student Population:
High school, undergraduate college level
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some require a minimal amount of assorted prerequisite knowledge.
A description is provided below each video at the YouTube site indicating the author and purpose of each clip.
Each video is concise and includes and adequate amount of material that summarizes each concept rather well. For the most part, content is presented clearly and accurately.
The quality of the content varies significantly from collection to collection.
The collection of videos from Gleim consists of four of a set of twelve. It looks like the remainder located at the Gleim website require a paid subscription to access.
The Quickbooks Tutorials are presented by a professional bookkeeper who uses the software routinely.
The assortment of videos selected seems haphazard except for the fact that this site suggests they are the top viewed accounting videos. Some, however, are not worth viewing.
The Excel videos are for Excel 2000 which is rather outdated. However, given the concepts are very elementary, invoking the features would be the same although the locations of the features are in different places. If one goes to the author's website, it appears that more current tutorials are available on CD for a fee.
The Quickbooks Tutorials are for Quickbooks Pro 2006 and very like outdated. Three videos cover a very elementary concept of entering deposits and checks in a checkbook.
The Gleim Introduction video is a commercial.
The Accounting Careers videos provide a very elementary introduction to the profession.
The Personal Finance videos seem unfocused.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Objective for each video are implied by its title and description found at the YouTube site (with the exception of the Quickbooks Tutorials).
Despite being for Excel 2000, these videos are very informative and may provide tips individuals have not discovered. They cover beginning concepts well.
The short CPA Profile Interviews (2 min avg) describe different types of jobs accountants perform. These videos would be quite informative for high school students and college freshmen thinking about pursuing a career in accounting.
The Accounting Careers videos might be useful in an Introduction to Business course for students interested in learning more about the accounting profession.
The clip from the David Letterman show Top Ten Things I've Learned From Being An Accountant is funny and could be shown prior to class while students are entering the classroom.
Videos are efficient.
Instructors would need to review each video prior to assigning or using it to determine its fit with an existing course.
The Personal Finance videos are poor. They amount to talking heads. The purpose for each video is unclear.
The Quickbooks Tutorials require viewing to determine whether or not they would be useful.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The quality of the videos varies significantly depending on the author.
The Gleim Financial Accounting Made Easy videos are professionally designed and extremely visually appealing. Screens are clear and crisp when enlarged.
The AICPA's CPA Profile Interviews are excellent from a design and execution standpoint.
The narrator of the Excel tutorials has a particularly pleasant voice that engages the learner.
The design quality of the Accounting Career and "Quickbooks Tutorials videos is average.
The Personal Finance videos are talking heads that do not engage the viewer. The purpose of each of these videos is unclear.
A live instructor could probably do a better job explaining the concepts covered in the Accounting Career videos. Each video is essentially a person sitting at a desk talking followed by a static video of a hand written note card on a clip board. As a result they are really not very engaging.
The narrator of the Quickbooks Tutorials says “um” to the point of being annoying. The flow of the narrative seems poorly organized and choppy. Font is too small and blurry to see on the screen.i,e., chart of accounts.
The software screens used in both sets of tutorial videos are blurry and become very blurry when enlarged.
The link to clip from the David Letterman show requires a user logon. However, if one accesses YouTube directly and searches for the video it can be viewed directly.
Advertisements precede some of the videos or appear at the bottom of the viewing screen.
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