• The University of Western Australia (M250), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Nikki Schönfeldt is a Lecturer of Accounting at the University of Western Australia’s Business School and teaches financial accounting units across undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She is a Chartered Accountant with more than sixteen years’ experience in higher education. Nikki is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a 2021 recipient of a UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nikki has been involved in the development of new teaching material and other teaching initiatives on various technology platforms and has successfully developed fully online units in accounting. Nikki’s research interests include the benefits of online teaching resources to support student learning and she incorporates different technologies in both her online and flipped classes. Nikki is currently busy with her PhD, developing an online adaptive learning resource to support student understanding of threshold concepts in financial accounting.

Funding overview

2018-2019: Accounting & Finance Association of Australia & New Zealand (AFAANZ) The effectiveness of teamwork assessment tasks

2015-2016: UWA Centre for Education Futures' Scholarship

2002-2004: US$1,000,000. Grant from the Carnegie Corporation to fund the project and to develop multimedia teaching material for a strategic partnership between the University of Johannesburg and the University of Fort Hare (South Africa). Role: Project manager for the strategic initiative

Previous positions

2012-2014: Part time Lecturer and Tutor, University of Western Australia
2007-2013: Translator and Reviewer, Accounting Professional Training and the University of Johannesburg
2008-2012: Research Assistant in Doctoral studies, University of Johannesburg
2007-2008: Consultant – Management Information, University of Johannesburg
2001-2005: Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg
Project Manager: Thuthuka project (2002-2004)
1998-2000: PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., South Africa

Roles and responsibilities

AccFin Research Seminar coordinator 2021 (Accounting)

UWA Business School BLT Community of Practice SharePoint owner

Current projects

Demystifying consolidated financial statements: mastering threshold concepts utilising adaptive learning. PhD-project. Supervisors: Prof Phil Hancock, Prof Jac Birt, UWA, Australia.

The effectiveness of teamwork assessment tasks with Prof Jac Birt, Dr Lyndie Bayne and Dr Prerana Agrawal, UWA Business School, Accounting and Finance, Australia, funded by AFAANZ

Teaching overview

Developed an integrated assignment that develops ICT skills in accounting graduates.

Developed fully online Accounting units offered on the UWA MBA and MPA programs, which is often used to inform the design of other online or blended units.

Involved in the successful launching of various groundbreaking projects including UWA MyGuru online tutor platform and the UJ-UFH strategic partnership

Established an undergraduate auditing textbook (Editor and Author)

Teaching in Accounting, Auditing & Financial Management (Undergraduate) and Accounting, Financial Management & Accounting Information Systems (Postgraduate)

Developed multimodal study material for Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Management courses


Financial Accounting

Accounting Education

Adaptive learning

Threshold Concepts

Operational Risk Management in Financial Institutions

Industrial relevance

Developing ICT-skills in accounting graduates, with MYOB, Australia

MYOB Blogpost




Education/Academic qualification

Business, HDR Prelim, The University of Western Australia

1 Feb 20174 Dec 2017

Award Date: 4 Dec 2017

Business, M.Com (Business Management), University of Johannesburg

1 Feb 199919 Jan 2001

Award Date: 19 Jan 2001

Business, B Com Hons (Accounting) (CA), University of Johannesburg

1 Feb 19971 Dec 1997

Award Date: 1 Dec 1997

Business, B.Com (Accounting), University of Johannesburg

1 Feb 19944 Dec 1996

Award Date: 4 Dec 1996

Business, Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia

12 Feb 2018 → …

Industry keywords

  • Education

Research expertise keywords

  • Accounting Education
  • Adaptive Learning
  • Threshold concepts
  • Technology Education
  • Financial accounting
  • Online learning


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