Smarterer Professors are test Masters that trade-in their rank to help enrich the quality of tests by reviewing questions and responding to flags and issues. They are awarded a shiny new badge and a special spot on the Leaderboard for all their hard work, but we feel they should get a little more recognition. Office Hours will be a recurring segment in which we highlight some of the biggest influencers in the Professor Program. Who’s ready for some extra credit?
Peter Baskerville was one of the first Smarterer users to join the Professor program, clearing test flags and taking names for the Management Accounting and Bookkeeping tests. He realized his dream of opening his own business over 25 years ago, and has since grown his portfolio to over 30 retail outlets, cafes, restaurants and hotels, before taking on a teaching role at the Southbank Institute of Technology in Queensland, Australia.
Peter’s excited to contribute to Smarterer as a Professor because, in his words, Smarterer is facilitating a paradigm shift in education that will provide ‘just-in-time’ learning.
How do you stay up to date with changes in Management Accounting and Bookkeeping practices?
I maintain my currency by writing content and teaching these subjects, and also enjoy researching and answering questions on Quora. I’ve supplied 60 answers there over the past few years.
Do you have any advice for those looking to gain a stronger knowledge of Management Accounting and Bookkeeping (feel free to plug your some of the products you have been working on)?
I have spent the last few years curating many of the internet’s best resources for learning accountancy and bookkeeping and have developed my own list of Q&A relating to bookkeeping, accounting and management accounting.
What do you find most useful about Smarterer?
I was immediately impressed with Smarterer’s bold, attractive and intuitive design, and immediately saw its potential to be an assessment component in the new educational paradigm that must also include innovative components covering content and mastery.
Smarterer fits with my view that future employment opportunities will favor people who can demonstrate current competency rather than just produce ‘bits of paper’ achieved in an industrial age past but which is no longer representative of the current skills needed in the global information age.
What do you like most about being a Professor?
I have often lamented about the natural tendency of all open internet platforms to the eventual spiral down to the lowest common denominator – spam, trolls and flamers. I enjoy being a moderator on sites that I believe in like Smarterer and Quora and to help maintain the quality of cloud sourced content and to arrest the natural slide to the lowest common denominator.
Being a Smarterer Professor is effortless, and it’s nice to know that you are doing something to maintain the quality and value of something that may eventually help people get jobs due to their ability to demonstrate current competency. It goes without saying that being a professor on Smarterer also builds my online reputation and trust which may lead people wanting to improve their current competency to my low cost online courses.
Do you think you have what it takes to achieve Professor status? Show what you know!