Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:01

Xero launches ‘Learn’ solution for budding SMEs, accountants

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Cloud accounting software provider Xero has launched a new solution — Learn — which it says is designed to give future small business leaders, accountants and bookkeepers the financial literacy and accounting skills needed to build better businesses.

Xero says Victoria’s Swinburne University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, Auckland University of Technology, Macquarie University and AccountingPod are among the first institutions to “onboard” with the Learn solution, giving their students access to “world-class accounting tools”.

Educators can teach their financial lessons directly within Xero and can integrate Xero Learn into their curriculum.

According to Xero, more than 1000 students have been invited into Xero via Xero Learn to access over 100 courses that help teach core and advanced accounting and financial literacy skills with real-world examples and it is now rolling out the solution across both Australia and New Zealand.

Xero Learn allows users to:

  • Set up dummy Xero businesses loaded with data to be used in their lessons.
  • Add an in-app overlay within Xero to guide students through the course content.
  • Manage and monitor student access to ensure guided learning throughout the course material.

Xero says that since launching an early access programme in 2017, it has worked with more than 30 educational institutions to fine-tune the design of Learn.

“Xero Learn will revolutionise and future-proof the way educators teach their financial lessons,”  said Anna Curzon, chief partner officer at Xero.

“By partnering with educators such as the Auckland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland and Macquarie University, we’re delivering on a joint mission to empower the next generation of accountants, bookkeepers and business owners with in-demand skills, knowledge and job opportunities. Xero is committed to investing in creating opportunities for ongoing training and professional development, leading to stronger and more assured small business growth.”

Dr Paul Wells, senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, said, “By using Xero Learn, our goal is to help our students be as prepared as possible to enter the workforce upon graduation. Learning from textbooks and on outdated desktop tools has made it very difficult to equip them with the accounting software skills they need to work in a modern day practice. Now thanks to Xero Learn, our students can gain the skills they need to walk into an accounting role straight after graduation, add value and be successful.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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