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Tertiary conferences APIRA & AFAANZ

Posted 1 month ago in Xero news by Michelle Taggart

In July, Xero Learn was a key exhibitor at two significant accounting tertiary conferences, AFAANZ and APIRA. The Xero Learn team engaged with educators and students from over 30 countries at the two conferences. 

Xero Learn and APIRA

The Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) conference is the only one of its kind. It’s held internationally every three years, and this year APIRA was hosted at Auckland University of Technology’s city campus – the first time it had been held in New Zealand. 

We spent three action-packed days at the APIRA conference focusing on accounting being more than a technical practice. However, it’s also a social practice that affects many aspects of our daily lives. We attended the conference to get to know educators and students better and gather first-hand feedback. The team also demonstrated how the Xero Learn platform can help bridge the gap between learning and working. 

We discovered that those who didn’t already know about Xero Learn wanted to learn more about it, and those who knew about it, loved it. “Xero’s engagement and support for both academic staff and students is excellent,” said Christine Gajic from Swinburne University in Melbourne, “it makes learning an enjoyable experience.”

Xero Learn and AFAANZ

The Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand  (AFAANZ) is the leading body representing the interests of accounting and finance academics. Furthermore, it represents others interested in accounting and finance education and research in Australia and New Zealand.

We exhibited at this year’s AFAANZ conference for the first time, and what a fantastic conference it was. There were a number of insightful keynotes and informative panels discussing the future of accounting education and accounting research. For instance, the technology forum showcasing updates on technology tools, business analytics and digital disruption. A topic that interested our team in particular. 

It was amazing to see how many universities are either seeking to or adapting edtech tools in their curriculum. This is new territory for many lecturers or for their universities. Seeing their excitement and enthusiasm for embracing new tools and teaching their students with engaging edtech was awesome,” said Maha Siddiqui, Xero Learn Business Development Manager. 

Bridging the gap

There’s a large gap between education and employability – according to research and speaking with our extensive partner network of accountants and bookkeepers.

Xero Learn has grown to over 100 education partners on-board since its launch and AFR award win in 2018. The platform provides hands-on learning and practical examples enabling educators to use stronger pedagogical methods in an online environment. Experience with workplace tools and marketing-leading business software, as used by today’s accounting firms, gives graduates work-ready skills. Therefore, bridging the gap from student to productive worker.

We spoke with Dr Cherrie Yang, senior lecturer in accounting at AUT, about how Xero Learn is transforming the workforce.

Our goal is to help our students be as prepared as possible to enter the workforce on graduation. Learning from textbooks and on outdated desktop tools makes it difficult to prepare them for a modern day practice. Now, thanks to Xero Learn, our accounting students gain the skills they need to secure a job, add value and be successful.” 

Congrats to our Xero Learn competition winner

Congratulations to Baban Eulaiw from Curtin University in Australia who won a free subscription to Xero Learn in semester two. Baban attended the APIRA conference in Auckland and is looking forward to teaching Xero to her students this term. “Coming from overseas, I am impressed to see the ability Xero Learn offers us to work with modern online tools. It enable students to gain practical skills they will encounter in the workplace. I am excited to see how Xero Learn can be a great tool to use in our curriculum.”

Conclusion

If you’d like to join us for a deep dive into Xero Learn, come along to Xerocon in Brisbane this year. Don’t miss this professional development event by securing your Xerocon ticket today.

Find out how Xero Learn can help your students gain real-life experience for a great start to their careers.

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