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Educators invite first students into Xero Lifelong Learning Platform

Posted 5 years ago in Advisors by Craig Little
Posted by Craig Little

With rapid change in technology comes an equally rapid change in expectation. The start of March marked the beginning of a change in the learning experience for students around the world through the Xero Lifelong Learning Platform (XLLP), a live version of Xero to teach and learn on.


We’re living in a time of instant gratification. You expect to access your favourite music and movies on demand, anywhere, anytime, with services like Spotify and Netflix. You can order a ride which arrives to pick you up within a matter of minutes, thanks to services like Uber.

This kind of instant, on-demand experience is one that consumers have come to expect. And it’s this same experience students are looking for when it comes to their education.

Now, thanks to Xero, registered training organisations, schools, universities and other educational institutions can deliver this on-demand learning experience.

Auckland University of Technology lecturer, Dr Cherrie Yang, said she was delighted to invite the first 10 students into her Not-for-profit Accounting and Accountability, Level 7 Bachelor of Business course last month, using Xero, via XLLP.

“This experience enables the students to explore modern technologies and equips them with relevant knowledge and skills to deal with contemporary issues. XLLP adds value to the students’ ability to cope with the changing needs of the accounting industry.”

Teaching with Xero isn’t new

Using Xero as part of higher education teaching isn’t new. Many educators had already recognised Xero’s features as being suitable for their students’ needs. In particular, they liked the anytime, anywhere, any device access and peace of mind that their data was backed up and secure. However, using Xero in this way brought its own limitations and challenges for both educators and students. So that’s why we are excited to roll out this purpose-built platform that will enable students to grow their financial literacy.

Pritesh Kajari, Bachelor of Business student, says as we move towards the workforce generation 4.0, we are seeing an increase in the demand for skilled accounting practitioners.

“Proficiency in capturing the right data, manipulating it to make sense and using that to devise resilient financial strategy are key skills every accounting student needs to cultivate. To reach this level of skill, students need to be trained well from the start. Our education should integrate relevant tools and methods. These will help students to absorb learning at every step.”

Delivering value early

We’ve been motivated and focused to deliver value early, in the pursuit of #championing educators and students and enabling them to have access to the features they need now. With the introduction of XLLP, our students and educators get the following benefits:

  • Educators can define and access Xero for the full duration of a course(s)
  • Students no longer need to sign up for a free trial in order to access Xero
  • Educators now get instant access to their students’ Xero subscriptions
  • Both educators and students can invite other users in to collaborate in Xero
  • Educators now have a record of the courses they’ve run using Xero, and the students invited into those courses
  • Educators can create and store Xero templates to use in their courses

Join us on this journey

XLLP is designed to facilitate and deliver business courses to students in a way that’s repeatable, cost effective and scalable. This is done through an experience that’s in line with real world expectations.

XLLP is currently in its pilot stage, so we’ll be posting more updates on this blog. So do check it from time to time!

In the meantime, you can find out more information about XLLP by visiting our website. You can also register your interest to join our early access program.

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below.

One comment

Danny W Burton
June 22, 2022 at 12.53 am

I am an accounting and law lecturer. We are submitting a proposal to incorporate computer software into weekly accounting lectures. Currently journals, ledgers and reports are manually completed which in 2022 is both outdated and irrelevant. Obviously there are logistic issues with different transactions with different companies/businesses however these could be reduced by having a different entity each week with different types of transactions.
Also accounting is currently taught in silos, ie each topic is separated into weekly content. Accounting is a complete information system and its teaching should be transaction based and not account based. for example, sales affect revenue, inventory, cost of sales, accounts receivable/cash and revenue and a purchase will affect inventory and accounts payable or cash. The instantaneous nature of a transaction and the impact on accounting records is what is important. Manual accounting does not show this.

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