Teaching mature students accounting online: opportunities and challenges

Mahmoud Elmarzouky*, Doaa Shohaieb, ATM Enayet Karim

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Unpublished contribution to conferenceOtherpeer-review


We argue that mature students may have some barriers when studying online such as IT skills, devices availability when more than one family member studying online, therefore, we aim to enhance the current understanding of mature students’ engagement by focusing on challenges faced by postgraduate accounting students learning online with the new shift from face to face to virtual learning.

An online survey was conducted with 52 PhD and Master students in the UK.

We suggest that the blended learning regime likely to meet the students’ expectations. Further, blended learning regime could benefit the higher education sector to deliver high-quality education to mature students. Face to face classes are essential for communication which is also vital for practical concepts and when using accounting and finance platforms and databases.

Practical implications:
This research is relevant to the higher education sectors, universities and academics to move beyond the traditional way of learning and adapt blended learning in the light of the students’ feedback to enhance the education quality.

This paper offers new insight to identify the opportunities and challenges of teaching accounting to postgraduates online.


Conference5th International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training
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  • Teaching online
  • Mature students
  • Databases
  • Accounting education


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