Alan Viersen graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors degree in Finance. He has two Masters Degrees: one in Accounting with an emphasis in Taxation from San Diego State University and a second in Electronic Commerce from National University.
Alan worked for a brokerage firm in San Diego and currently is co-owner of Viersen Consultants. He has taught graduate and undergraduate accounting and business courses at SDSU and CSUSM. In addition, he has taught undergraduate classes in accounting, computer science, and business courses at several local community colleges.
Alan is currently an active member of Phi Kappa Phi. He has been selected by several publishers including McGraw-Hill and Pearson to review their textbooks and provide educational feedback. In 2008, Alan won the "Teaching in Action" award given by VTEA discipline/Industry Collaborative for Business and Computer Science from the statewide Chancellor's office.
ONLINE CLASS INFO
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Online Class Evaluations:(comments to each of the survey questions are summarized at the end of each survey)
Teaching Philosophy/Style and Class Management/Activities
Teaching should transform and inspire a student. I want the student to believe that in some way participating in my class will change their life, that the material they learn will be directly relevant to their own future. I know I’ve done my job when I hear questions like how can I use this information at my work; how do I get started in an accounting vocation; or what university has the best accounting program when I complete your class? It is my job to empower students to take responsibility for their learning and to inspire them to look ahead for the next step. My students know I care about them and I’m excited about teaching accounting.
Beginning the first day of class, I start to learn about the students in my class. I have them post the answers to a series of questions that give me a glimpse into who they are and what they want to achieve. I continue throughout the semester to cultivate a learning relationship that I can use to present information in a “real world” approach. This requires that I continually listen to my students and look for methods to foster critical thinking. Each class has a unique personality that mixes with the overall format that I’ve thought out before the semester begins. My goal is to be a better instructor in my 15th year of teaching than my 14th year.
Teaching online can be a challenge for students. It is important that my course is both organized and consistent. Each week students are asked to complete and submit either a discussion board response, a individual tax assignment, or take an examination. Students should be challenged but still have a level of enjoyment and accomplishment. When students complete my class, with a grade of C or better, they receive a CTEC Certification. This empowers students by giving them new opportunities.
It is a privilege to help students work toward these opportunities. I hope to see you in my class,