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Guide to Planning Online Courses – Part 7 of 11

Add Instructor Introduction

Enter the Instructor Information content area and create an entry for yourself. If you have a picture of yourself, include that too.

Suggested content:

  • Provide a photo, or an audio/video introduction of yourself
  • If you have a personal website provide the URL
  • Office Hours (office hours should be a combination of some of the following formats — face-to-face on campus, chat rooms, telephone, email, or asynchronous threaded discussion)
  • Suggested items to address in the narrative:
    • Information about you (interests, research, credentials, consulting activities, publications, etc.)
    • Your interest in the discipline
    • Teaching philosophy
    • Enthusiasm for teaching – for the course
    • How the course fits within the program curriculum


My name is <Instructor Name> and I will be your on-line instructor for “Introduction to Managerial and Financial Accounting”. This overview will give you some information about my background, information about the course and overall course ground rules.

First, a little bit about me. I am a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with <Company Name> located here in the Philadelphia area. My experience over the last 28 years has been helping companies in a variety of industry sectors with their accounting, taxation and management problems. These companies have ranged from early stage start-ups to very large established companies. In many cases, I act as a management consultant to help companies solve critical problems. My specialty is using accounting and other information to help companies value their businesses. I bring this practical, real-world experience to the classroom to share with you. Please feel free to take advantage of it.

And now, about the course. My objective is not to teach you how to become an accountant but rather to teach you about accounting. I want you to gain a fundamental understanding of what accounting is and how you will be able to use the concepts to make the best possible business decisions. As I tell all my students, if you want to master business administration, you must master the language of business – accounting.

This is an on-line course and with that comes a new approach learning. Here’s how it will work. For each of the five weeks of this course, there will be a “Weekly Course Sheet”. These sheets are your guide for what to do and will include weekly assignments, objectives, items to think about, additional resources and on-line discussion instructions. The weekly assignment from the Weekly Course Sheet must be submitted by midnight each Monday. I will post announcements once a week on Wednesday so please log on and read.

Course materials will consist of two textbooks plus course material posted on-line. The two textbooks are:

  1. Analysis for Financial Management (7th Edition) by Robert C. Higgins and
  2. Introduction to Management Accounting (13th Edition) by Horngren, Sundem and Stratton

As your instructor, I am available for questions or discussion. I will respond to e-mails or telephone calls within 24 hours. If you call by telephone, I will probably have to call you back, so please leave a number, subject to be discussed and a time when you are available to receive the call.

  • e-mail:
  • telephone: 999-999-9999 (office)

I look forward to having each of you in my on-line class and hope that you will gain a significant amount of accounting knowledge as you pursue your MBA.


Create additional entries for teaching, assistants, graduate assistants, guest speakers or other course staff members.

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2006 by in Distance Education.

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