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State Board Report

October 2016

The NASBA National Registry Summit, held September 12-14 in Tampa, FL, brought together 170 attendees, including 132 continuing professional education course sponsors. Jessica Luttrull, Associate Director of the National Registry, guided the attendees through the newly revised “Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education Programs,” covering topics such as nano learning and blended learning. Experts in course development shared their insights on providing effective education. In addition, workshops on the Registry’s procedures were led by NASBA staff prior to the conference for sponsors who are new to the Registry, as well as for those who are considering offering self-study programs as Registry sponsors.

Research on learning and innovative approaches to CPE were presented. Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics, discussed “MiniSims: All the Reality You Need in Under 15 Minutes.” He explained how he has used simple mini-simulations to change the enterprise culture in global organizations, and he offered guidance on how mini- simulations could be incorporated into training programs. Diana Howles, president of Howles Associates, LLC, focused on “The New Video Literacy: On-Camera Presentation Skills for Instruction Video.” She outlined: using design principles for video, writing effective video scripts, determining optimum video length and camera positioning, and minimizing viewers’ distractions.

The most effective way to delay the process of forgetting is spacing small chunks of content over time, according to research discussed by Hans de Graaf, founder of Brain Tweaker. In detailing “Triple Blended Learning,” Mr. de Graaf demonstrated how short interactive videos can beat the forgetting curve. Another advocate of smaller learning experiences spaced over time, Claire Herring, co-creator of Blue Ocean Brain, described how to create content for those experiences.

Inspiring problem solving was discussed by keynote speaker David Kwong. “Think Inside the Box: Creativity within Constraints” was the puzzle expert’s theme. Through a new method of problem solving he described, people can learn how to obtain and retain information.

Revisions to the Uniform Accountancy Act’s CPE Model Rules are being developed by the NASBA CPE Committee and the NASBA/AICPA Uniform Accountancy Act Committee. It is anticipated the proposed Model Rules will be released to the Boards for comment early in 2017. These will be discussed at the NASBA Annual Meeting by CPE Committee Chair Maria E. Caldwell (FL).

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