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Emerging technologies are providing a variety of tools for accounting educators. One of these tools is Online Homework Software (OHS). This study collects survey data from accounting faculty in the U.S.A. who were queried as to the utilization and perception of OHS in undergraduate accounting courses. Analysis of the survey data indicated five differences between OHS users and nonusers: (1) years of teaching, (2) number of course sections taught, (3) Accounting AACSB accreditation status, (4) faculty rank, and (5) courses taught by the respondents. Faculty indicated the tool is helpful when teaching in the online format and that OHS saves faculty time by reducing the time spent grading and processing student work. Users of OHS raised concerns about whether and how the tool helps students learn, how the students view the tool, and the cost of OHS. The data reported in this study are relevant to educators who have never used OHS as well as those who are currently using OHS. The data collected is important in promoting concerning OHS usage and developing recommendations for continued improvements in the software.
The motivation for this study was to gain insight into characteristics of faculty, courses, and institutions using OHS in undergraduate accounting courses. Data show that OHS users had fewer years of teaching experience and were of lower rank than those who had never used OHS. Unanswered is whether the pattern observed is due to the faculty members’ experience and comfort with technology tools. For many individuals technology is intimidating. Do faculty members who have had more technology in their lifetime more quickly add new technology tools to their classes than those with less technology exposure? Maybe more established faculty have found their best way to deliver content without technology while less seasoned faculty are looking for their best delivery method including options with technology. However, the data show that those with heavy course loads tend to use OHS more. So, it may be that workload drives use of OHS. The current study is unable to distinguish a primary cause of OHS adoption.