Guiding web-based self-study in accounting basics : Case: Lahti University of Applied Sciences
- Publisher: Lahden ammattikorkeakoulu
Accounting, and work life in general, is going through rapid changes. The political and financial environment forces the educational system to adapt to the new circumstances. How can Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS) meet these challenges in the field of accounting? E-learning has been one answer to the new requirements in education, and developing web-based solutions is one of the institutions’ aims.
This study begins with the intention of finding out the present situation of the local accounting field, and what managers expect from future employees. It also takes a look at the future in accounting, since adapting to the upcoming changes is crucial in order to stay competitive. This is executed as a qualitative study, by interviewing local professionals in the field. The results show, that the Finnish educational system is seen as effective and that desired employee attributes are often more personal traits, than learned concepts. Some issues, though, came up more often. The most important thing a new accounting professional needs is a solid knowledge in accounting basics.
The rest of the project combines the theory in e-learning with the accounting basics, resulting in a self-study package for students that are starting a Master’s accounting course. Since all of the graduate business students do not have a history in studying accounting, they are asked to take a recap test in accounting basics. In addition, the concepts are gone through in short videos that are available for all the accounting course students.