Innovative Teaching through Active Accounting
Accounting is a subject that Dr. Greenman believes is perfectly suited to active learning. In her classes, Prof. Greenman’s students learn by doing. They practice doing journal entries, calculating margins and inventory values, and other facets of accounting.
This active learning is something that Prof. Greenman applies in all of her classes in different ways. In her managerial courses, Dr. Greenman creates practice problems for students to work through in excel that mirror tasks they will see often in normal business situations. In her Auditing classes, Prof. Greenman has students work through audit procedures just as they would in a real-world audit.
With upper-level accounting classes, she takes this approach a step further by assigning them semester-long projects, where students apply what they have learned in an in-depth, hands-on experience. One of these classes is the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination class (ACCT 4150). In this class, students are separated into teams of four-to-five students and are each assigned a fraud case. The groups receive the fraud complaint during the first week, and each week following this, they receive a new piece of evidence. This evidence includes interview transcripts, emails, bank statements, etc. At the end of the semester, they take all of the evidence that they have gathered and analyzed along the way and create a Case Report.