The Integrated Case Study (ICS) course in Malaysian accountancy programmes is a core capstone course that integrates knowledge from various disciplines, such as financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, audit, finance, management, business, and information technology.
Conventional teaching methods, including group presentations, were found to be repetitive and lacked engagement, and students often faced group dynamics issues. In response, an open exhibition day was introduced as an active intervention, where students showcased their understanding of a final case through posters, pitches, and interactive activities. The exhibition involved 384 students in 78 groups, and was judged by industry and academic experts. The evaluation captured traits such as clarity, quality, innovation, and professionalism. Overall, the open exhibition day was found to be effective in the teaching and learning of cases and developing students' cognitive and soft skills.
- The active intervention was transformative in allowing student-centred learning to take a prime seat.
- Post-pandemic, the open exhibition day was also much needed to bring our students back to a physical world.
- The elements of gamifications in terms of real judges, cash prizes and interactive peer activities introduced competitiveness and reality.
- The importance of reflections of our scholarly teaching and learning practices for a constructive alignment to occur.