James Simpson, CPA and owner of Indianapolis-based Financial Technologies & Management, remembers all too well the continuing professional education classes of recent years.

"We used to sit through the whole eight hours like a sponge, seeing how much you could take in; there were some really bad ones," said Simpson, who now approaches CPE from the perspective of a student and as an instructor at the Indiana CPA Society. "Today, people are expecting more. They expect to get something out of the class. It makes the instructor more excited and engaged, and keeps the class involved."

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