Using case studies as part of instruction is a form of active learning in which learners read or watch a scenario. Learners may be provided with supporting data, documentation, and an open-ended question or problem that they have to propose a solution for. Case studies allow learners to link theory to practice in the classroom. By completing a case study assignment, learners practice identifying a problem, recognizing and explaining their point of view, and identify practical solutions.
Consider using role-playing in conjunction with case studies. Have students assume roles within the case study. This forces students to understand the alternative perspectives of other roles in the case study.
- Case Studies, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University
- Case-based Teaching, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan