Tax and technology: How do you want to learn?

At the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), we’ve come a long way in the past few years in re-vamping our core In-Depth Tax Course program to position learners where they belong – at the centre of the learning experience.

At the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), we’ve come a long way in the past few years in re-vamping our core In-Depth Tax Course program to position learners where they belong – at the centre of the learning experience. Technology has made many of these improvements possible. Now, as the first cohort of students in the new course enters the second year, we want to hear what we can do to use laptops, smartphones and tablets to enrich the learning experience even more.

Launched last fall, the new In-Depth Tax Course takes a blended approach to learning by using a mix of in-person sessions and elearning. Lectures are recalibrated to focus on learning objectives and skills development, rather than the traditional “content dumps” and one-way knowledge transfers. Elearning modules feature scenarios and exercises so students apply new concepts in practice and check their knowledge. Online discussion boards provide a forum for students to share and solidify new ideas with faculty and peers, from anywhere at any time. In-person sessions and on-the-job applications complete the learning experience.

As the new In-Depth Tax Course continues to evolve, we aim to update and improve how we deliver our other courses too. To make these enhancements, CPA Canada wants to know how today’s tax professionals prefer to learn. Taxation is highly technical, constantly evolving and there is no end to learning.  At the same time, we face competing demands on our time. Continuing education and training often falls down on the list of priorities. 

Also, today’s learner is very different from the learner of 10, even five years ago. With the advances in technology, we demand information instantly, and this extends to education to a certain extent as well.  CPA Canada is looking into how we can leverage and incorporate the latest technology in our tax education programs without comprising on the learning experience of our students.

So, whether you’re a current or future In-Depth Tax Course student or a seasoned tax professional looking for ways to continue your lifelong learning, we want to hear from you! How do you want to learn and how can technology play a role?  For example:

  • Do you use a tablet, smart phone or other device to view conference or course materials or do you rely on print-outs? If you do use hard copy, why is paper still preferred?
  • Should course materials include elearning pre-work to introduce you to new topics before the course begins? 
  • Do you prefer the immersive, intensive experience of a 3 to 7-day in-residence session or doing online learning at your own pace, on your own time without leaving your office and home?
  • Instead of annual course offerings, would you rather attend our courses on demand? If so, how can we structure course content and delivery to preserve the benefits that interactive in-person learning can bring?

Above all, how can we make better use of technology to offer you more efficient content delivery and more powerful learning experiences?

Join in the conversation

Do you have ideas about innovative uses of technology for providing an enriched tax education experience? How do you want to learn?

Post a comment below, or email Vivian Leung directly.

About the Author

Vivian Leung, CPA, CA

Principal, Tax Education, CPA Canada

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