Abstract—This study investigates financial accounting
students’ attitudes about several aspects related to modern
pedagogies focusing on communication skills development. The
paper focuses on areas of students’ need to develop
communication skills irrespective of cultural diversity and
gender inequality, quiz-based learning, requirements, and
assessment. The study employed an online survey of students at
one of the largest business colleges in the Sultanate of Oman.
The study surveyed 96 currently registered students to cover
the research objectives and questions. The findings showed that
the students enjoyed a high level of awareness of the importance
and relevance of communication skills in relation to future
employability. Students believed developing communication
importance was not limited to careers in financial accounting as
it was also extended to other careers requiring a post-secondary
degree. Quiz-based learning strategies were found to be
relevant in improving communication skills. The results also
highlighted adaptability as a main assessment criterion of
communication skills. The study provided bases for higher
education institutions in the Sultanate of Oman or other
countries to empower the generalizability of the findings.
Another possible research could replicate the investigation in
other fields of study. This paper brings several implications for
instructional practice and pedagogies, as well as for policies of
instructional training and development. The study is original in
its particular context and specific time during the COVID-19
pandemic as attitudes toward online technologies have been
Index Terms—Quiz-based-learning, communication skills, digital learning, instructional technology, financial accounting education, occupational skills
Nuwan Lakmal Hettiarachchi and Tamil Selvan Subramaniam are with the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia.
Sarala Thurlasi Palpanadan is with the Center for Language Studies, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia.
Anas Al-Fattal is with the Business Department, University of Minnesota, Crookston, USA.
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Cite: Nuwan Lakmal Hettiarachchi, Tamil Selvan Subramaniam*, Sarala Thulasi Palpanadan, and Anas Al-Fattal, "Infusing Communication Skills into Financial Accounting Curriculum: A Perspective from the Digital Era," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 664-672, 2023.Copyright © 2023 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).