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Why did Professor Thomas Bednarcik adopt MyLab Accounting?
Seeking a program with a variety of digital resources for self-learning, Bednarcik was interested in the experience-based learning focus of MyLab Accounting. The flexibility of MyLab and ability to assign algorithmic problems for greater practice opportunities led Bednarcik to adopt MyLab for his Fall 2016 classes.
How was MyLab Accounting implemented?
Financial Accounting is a four-quarter hour course that is the first of three courses in the introductory sequence. the course is delivered using blended learning techniques, incorporating MyLab Accounting and Blackboard.
Students use MyLab for understanding content, homework assignments, and additional practice. To promote practice as a key component for success, students have three attempts at completion, and learning aids are turned on. Bednarcik utilizes the Real World Accounting videos in MyLab as the basis for two writing assignments during the quarter. MyLab Accounting accounts for 30% of the total course grade.
Were students successful in the course?
Students were divided into two groups based on their completion of MyLab homework assignments.
- Students who completed all assignments had average exam scores 14 percentage points higher than students who skipped at least one assignment.
In addition, a strong positive correlation exists between average MyLab homework scores and average exam scores.
Did students like using MyLab Accounting?
Responses from the Spring 2017 end-of-semester survey of Bednarcik’s students indicate that the majority of responding students recognize the value of MyLab Accounting.
- 96 percent of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that their understanding of the course material increased as a results of using MyLab.
- 85 percent of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that use of MyLab positively impacted their exam scores.
One student said:
“MyLab allows me to check my answers before I move on to the next part of the problem. If I get the first part wrong, it will affect the rest of the assignment.”
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