Project based learning requires students to collaborate, question, and develop decision-making skills for application to real-world situations.
An authentic project allows students to voice their personal concerns and opinions versus simply studying theory or models in a textbook.
Aaron Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Chaminade University.
He is grateful for their new partnership with Insurance Solutions.
“The project-based aspect of our relationship centers around providing a space for students to learn while at the same time developing a professional deliverable to the community partner in our accounting financial review,” Williamson says.
According to accounting student, Anari, their class was divided into managers, seniors and associates or staff.
He was a manager.
“Managing others was both challenging and rewarding. I believe that the skills that I’ve had to learn will be used more often than some of the things that I’ve learned in some of my textbooks,” he says.
“Initially it was very intimidating working with a real live client, this feeling was even more challenging for me as one of my roles as a staff was Client/Team communication control, which is simply making sure that we did not overload Tracy (from Insurance Solutions) with unnecessary and repetitive requests,” says Nicole, another student in the program.
Many of the students also said the program helped them to gain confidence and improved their communication skills.