• AAA HQ
    Pre-conference resources for what are the Research...
    resource posted September 21, 2015 by AAA HQ, tagged AiBD, research in Accounting IS Big Data (AiBD) > AiBD Research Resources public

    Pre-conference resources for what are the Research Opportunities?

  • AAA HQ
    Pre-meeting Resources
    announcement posted September 21, 2015 by AAA HQ, tagged AiBD, practice, public interest, research, teaching in Accounting IS Big Data (AiBD) > AiBD Conference 2015 public

    Overview of Big Data and Analytics

    Solving the Challenges of Big Data:  Exhibitor Approaches to Big Data and Analytics

  • AAA HQ
    Webinar Series
    announcement posted September 21, 2015 by AAA HQ, tagged AiBD, practice, public interest, research, teaching in Accounting IS Big Data (AiBD) > AiBD Conference 2015 public

    Webinar Series   Webinars will be held through out the coming year to enable AAA members to explore key big data and analytics areas in much more depth.  The first two in the series will focus on how to get started using Tableau in your courses and identifying potential data sets that can be pulled into Tableau for analysis.  Don’t forget to register when AAA members receive the email announcement of these October 27 and November  3 webinars. One hour CPE credit will be available for those attending the live webinar.  The webinars will also be recorded and available for later viewing.



  • AAA HQ
    2015 Inaugural Event2
    announcement posted September 14, 2015 by AAA HQ, tagged AiBD, practice, public interest, research, teaching in Accounting IS Big Data (AiBD) > AiBD Conference 2015 public

    The AAA's Centers for Advancing Accounting hosted their inaugural event: the Accounting IS Big Data Conference, on September 3-4, 2015 in New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis located in the heart of Times Square. 

    The meeting was amazing.  If you did not attend, you will still be able to participate! The sessions were all video taped and will be made available to AAA members shortly. Case materials used during the conference will also be made available to AAA academic members soon. (Click on the Conference "Members Only" button above.)

  • Richard E Lillie
    The "Book Trilogy" Becomes a "Quartet"
    blog entry posted September 5, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology in Teaching with Technology > TwT public

    With the rapid change to both the U.S. and global economies, I searched for ways to make the change more understandable for my accounting students, whether they be undergraduate or graduate level.  The initial result was creation of what I called the "Book Trilogy."

    As depicted in the diagram below, the "Book Trilogy" included The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, The Myth of the Rational Market by Justin Fox, and That Used to be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.  I asked students to read the books in the indicated sequence.  We discussed the books both during and outside of classes.

    I selected each book for its focus, clarity of writing style, and the unique way the story is told.  I wanted resources that were readable and understandable.  I did not want resources designed to "blow the reader out the door."

    Of the three books, I was particularly impressed with the way Justin Fox, a former editorial director of Harvard Business Review and now a columnist for Bloomberg View, told the story of development of modern finance and how its impact came close to bringing the U.S. and other economies to their knees.  Rather than burying the reader with mathematics and Finance jargon, Fox chronicled the rise of rational market theory by helping the reader "look through the eyes" of the scholars who constructed what is now referred to as "Modern Finance."

    I placed Fox's book in the middle of the trilogy because it bridges the gap between theory and practice of globalization, economics, and "Modern Finance."  Each book in the trilogy takes an innovative approach to telling its story.

    Recently, I read Economix, How Our Economy Works (And Doesn't Work) in Words and Pictures, by Michael Goodwin with illustration by Dan E. Burr.  A comment in the Miami Herald described Economix as

    This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issues--in this case, economics, history and finance--and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals.

     I was fascinated by the way Goodwin's content and commentary were presented in a cartoon-like format.  Goodwin and Burr wrote an easy to read, insightful, entertaining story about our current economy and current economic problems. 

    Timothy Guinnane,Yale University, commented that

    Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems.  Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened.  Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview.

    I enjoy coming up with innovative ways to invigorate and challenge the teaching-learning experience of my students.  Student response to the "Book Triology" has been very positive.  I wonder what they will think of my expanding the "Book Trilogy" into a "Book Quartet" (i.e., a series of four books)?

    I love discussion.  I would appreciate your feedback comments about the above commentary.  Please let me hear from you soon.


  • Richard E Lillie
    If Content is King, It's Time to Overthrow the Monarchy!
    blog entry posted April 23, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology in Teaching with Technology > TwT public

    This post shares a blog posting by Will Thalheimer titled If Content is King, It's Time to Overthrow the Monarchy!  Click the article title to access Will's blog posting.

    Will's objective is to convince you that you're teaching too much information (i.e., you're cramming too much content into your courses).  With the every growing body of accounting knowledge, rules, regulations, methods, and techniques, I would find it difficult to believe that accounting educators are not doing this.  As the old saying goes, "It's the nature of the beast."  We have so much material to cover and so little time to get the job done.

    A driving force pushing us to cover more is content tested on the CPA Examination.  We want to make sure our students are prepared for the CPA Exam.

    I like Will's commentaries about instructional design.  They are practical and easily implemented.

    In this blog posting, Will briefly mentions the "Learning and Forgetting Curves."  This concept suggests that if you imagine your learners going up the learning curve and then down the forgetting curve, you'll notice that they end up where they started--that the learning has largely failed in producing benefits.  To learn more about "Learning and Foregetting Curves," click the URL link below to view a short YouTube presentation by Will Thalheimer.  Runtime is approximately 12 minutes.

    A great resource provided by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is a blog titled Science of Learning Blog.  Click the blog title.  When the web page displays, bookmark for page for future access.

    What do you think of Will's discussion of Learning Curves/Forgetting Curves?  Post a reply to this blog posting.  Share your thoughts.

    Have a great day,

  • Roger S Debreceny
    Senior Editors' Update
    blog entry posted April 16, 2015 by Roger S Debreceny, tagged research, teaching in JIS Senior Editors' Blog public
    Amazing as it seems to us, we are half way through our term as Senior Editors of the Journal of Information Systems. We bring you some updates on your journal.

    Forthcoming Commentary from Dan Stone

    In the Summer 2015 issue of Journal of Information Systems (and available "early online" at, Dan Stone offers a personal reflection on research fraud, with proposed lessons for the AIS community. Stone notes that many members of our research community have spent at least a portion of their careers researching how to identify fraud, and many of us apparently missed any evidence that fraud was probably being committed in our own community. Dan highlights the need for, and importance of, healing our community and literature. In this regard, Dan's recommendation include developing skepticism, recognizing the limited usefulness of the fraud triangle, noting the dysfunctional implications of agency theory, and adopting contemplative practices designed to increase observational awareness. We hope you will read this insightful commentary and share it with your colleagues.

    Information Packet on JIS

    We have previously mentioned the Information Packet on JIS that has been under development for some time. This project is now complete. Printed copies of the packet have been mailed to members of the section -- we hope that you will share the packet with others in your institution (e.g. Dean, Head of Department, Chair of Personnel Committee). Many of us labor in fields that are rather barren as far as an understanding from our colleagues of what goes on in the AIS field. We hope that the packet will be assist in understanding of AIS research and teaching. Copies of the packet will be distributed to attendees at the AIS Educators Association in June and will also be available at the Annual Meeting in Chicago. In addition, an electronic version of the packet is available at the JIS website ( We plan to update the packet biennially. We are keen to hear your feedback on how the packet might be enhanced in the next version.

    JISC2015 and JISC2016

    Elsewhere in the newsletter there is an item on the 1st JIS Research Conference (JISC2015) and a call for papers for the 2nd conference in Fall 2016. We were very happy indeed with the quality of the first conference. Diane Janvrin and David Wood labored mightily to assist us in putting on the conference. We can't thank them enough. Diane's assistant Jennifer Drahozal provided absolutely vital services for which we were very grateful indeed.

    We must mention the vital support of our sponsors. As you know, we worked with the AICPA in the running of the conference. This was a unique and highly productive co-operation between the AIS Section and, in particular, the IMTA Division of the AICPA. Special mention and thanks goes to Susan Pierce and all her staff and Chair of the Division Joel Lanz and his predecessor Donny Shimamoto. The division also supported access to data for two projects. In addition, the conference was sponsored by the Assurance Services Executive Committee of the AICPA with special mention and thanks to Amy Pawlicki, Director, Business Reporting, Assurance & Advisory Services and XBRL, AICPA. Amy has been a great supporter of the work of the section and the journal over the years and stepped up to the plate for JISC2015. And talking of great supporters of our work, special thanks go to Bob Cuthbertson of Caseware-IDEA who provided financial support as well, with the support of Auditmation, Inc. and ISACA Houston, access to data. A significant number of professionals from the IMTA and elsewhere in the profession supported the conference as reviewers and commentators. Without these friends and colleagues, the conference would not have been the success it was.

    The 2nd JIS research conference will be held in the Fall of 2016. For JISC2016, we are joined by Faye Borthick and Robyn Pennington who will edit the papers submitted to the conference. Eileen Taylor will chair the conference. As you can see from the enclosed CFP, the theme is "An Accounting Information Systems Perspective on Data Analytics and Big Data." We are working on sponsorship and location and will have an update for you in the next newsletter, no doubt.

    Follow JIS on Social Media

    You can follow JIS on Twitter @jiseditors and on Facebook at We normally update when there are new papers published and for other key events in the life of the journal.

    Mary Curtis and Roger Debreceny
    Senior Editors

  • Richard E Lillie
    Teaching in a Digital Age by A.W. (Tony) Bates --...
    blog entry posted April 8, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology, technology tools in Teaching with Technology > TwT public

    A.W. (Tony) Bates has authored a book titled Teaching in a Digital Age.  The book is available as a free download.

    I have followed Tony's writing for several years.  He has written extensively about online learning and distance education.  I really appreciate one of Tony's sayings.....

    "Good teaching may overcome a poor choice of technology but technology will never save bad teaching."

    Book chapters include.....

    • Chapter 1:  Fundamental Change in Education

    • Chapter 2:  The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching

    • Chapter 3:  Methods of teaching:  campus-focused

    • Chapter 4:  Methods of teaching with online focus

    • Chapter 5:  MOOCs

    • Chapter 6:  Understanding technology in education

    • Chapter 7:  Pedagogical differences between media

    • Chapter 8:  Choosing and using media in education:  the SECTIONS model

    • Chapter 9:  Modes of delivery

    • Chapter 10:  Trends in open education

    • Chapter 11:  Ensuring quality teaching in a digital age

    • Chapter 12:  Supporting teachers and instructors in a digital age

    • Appendix 1:  Building an effective learning environment

    • Feedback on Activities

    Check out the new book by Bates.  Tony provides useful insights into distance teaching and learning.  Also check out the resources link below for other of Tony's publications.

    Best wishes,


    Rick Lillie



  • Roger S Debreceny
    Photos from JISC 2015
    blog entry posted April 8, 2015 by Roger S Debreceny, tagged research in JIS Senior Editors' Blog public
     Adi Masli, University of Kansas, presenting his paper.
  • Richard E Lillie
    Competency-based education is all the rage: What is it?9
    blog entry posted April 7, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching in Teaching with Technology > TwT public

    In his blog "OLDaily," Stephen Downes referenced an article published in The Tennessean (4/07/2015) titled Competency-based education is all the rage:  What is it?  The article was written by Kimberly K. Estep, Chancellor of WGU Tennessee (Western Governors University).


    Estep provides a great definition of competency-based education (CBE).  She provides an interesting example of how CBE works at WGU Tennessee.


    I'm interested in finding out whether your college or university has adopted any type of CBE programs, particularly for accounting.  If you have adopted a CBE for accounting or are considering doing this, please REPLY to this posting telling us about the program.


    Best wishes,


    Rick Lillie


    Rick Lillie, MAS, Ed.D., CPA (Retired)

    Associate Professor of Accounting, Emeritus

    CSUSB, CBPA, Department of Accounting & Finance

    5500 University Parkway, JB-547

    San Bernardino, CA.  92407-2397



    Telephone:  (909) 537-5726

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