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Introduction

In this course the use of case studies will be validated to student understanding. It will define what a case study entails and situation in which they can be a valuable teaching tool. The course will have the learner creating a case study and a set of questions that will assess its value to the learner. Creating and using case studies can lead to valid student understanding.

When would we use a case study

If understanding is the ability of a student to apply their knowledge in an understanding performance, what better way to hone that skill but to use it in a case study. Have you ever had a student ask you "When will I ever use this (knowledge) in the real world?". Case studies can bring "real world" scenarios to the students and allow them to qualify the learned knowledge with such incidences. Many students lack motivation because they cannot connect the content of the classroom with a real live need. Case studies can present the student with a problem, more importantly if designed correctly a problem that is current and relevant to today's society. Once presented with the problem the student may utilized learned knowledge, not only from current lessons but past as well, to find a solution to the problem. This type of activity really engages a student and can lead to understanding.

What can case studies bring us

The use of case studies will allow your students to use three of Bloom's abilities: analyze, evaluate and apply their structured knowledge which can ultimately lead to "remembering" the skills utilized in the lesson. The use of case studies can also be an assessment tool to gauge student understanding of the content being taught. In today's learning environment students need to be able to qualify the usefulness of learned material to the real world and case studies can be the perfect tool.

Learning Outcomes

My mini-course will be on the use of case studies for learning. After completion of this mini-course the student will be able to:

  • Identify what a case study is
  • Identify the qualities of a case study
  • Identify situations or subjects that a case study can be utilized with
  • Create a case study
  • create an assessment device for a case study

Needs Assessment

Concern

Although students will gain much knowledge during their time in your classroom, unless they can utilize and perform what they learned they have not reached understanding. For the students to reach the understanding plateau they need to be exposed to situations or activities that they can show that they have understood. Many assessment methods today lack this function and only give an teacher feedback as to knowledge. We, as educators, need to help the student achieve understanding.

Learning content

Course users will recognize when to utilize and create a case study for student understanding. Users will also learn to create and assess the use of case studies.

Learners

This course should be utilized by educators from K-12 and all the way through graduate level courses. Users should have a background in education and an understanding of understanding. Learners knowledge of curriculum development is recommended but not a requirement.

Instructional Setting

This is a web-based course. The learner will need a computer and a internet connection to participate in this course.

Exploration of Instructional Problem and Solution

Users will explore the problem of students gaining knowledge but never getting to the understanding level. Solutions in the form of case studies will be explored and there use validated. Activities will engage the user to reinforce both the creation and assessment of case studies to facilitate understanding.

Goals of course

The first goal of this course is to bring attention to the fact that just instilling knowledge to our students is not enough, we need to bring the students to the level of understanding. A second goal is to prepare the user for the creation of case studies to facilitate the first goal. Goal three is to teach the user to assess case studies in order to validate the use of such strategies lead to understanding. Meeting these goals will ensure that our students are ready for the real world in the twenty-first century.

Performance Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Create a case study that Is authentic and useful in the classroom
  • Execute the use of a case study in an educational setting
  • Identify the assessment value of a case study for understanding

Task Analysis

Main Purpose:

This course is to expose the learner to "case studies" and their use in meaningful understanding. The creation of case study by the learner. The assessment of said case study by the learner.

Prerequisites:

  • Effective written communication skills
  • Experience with computer based education
  • Interest in using case studies for understanding

Learning outcomes and pedagogical approach:

  • Identify/define a case study:

Instructivist approach, the learner will be provided written content and examples that he/she will use to complete the learning outcome. Assessment will be through a forum and open-ended

  • Identify the qualities of a case study:

Instructivist approach, the learner will be provided written content and examples that he/she will use to complete the learning outcome. The learner will interact with others on message board.

  • Understand the different types of case studies

Instructivist approach, the learner will be provided written content and examples that he/she will use to complete the learning outcome. Assessment will be through a forum and open-ended discussion

  • Identifying a theoretical perspective

Instructivist approach, the learner will be provided written content and examples that he/she will use to complete the learning outcome. The learner will interact with others on message board.\

  • Use authentic knowledge to construct your own case study

Constructivist approach, the learner will use what they have learned to create a case study

  • Use the knowledge learned to create an assessment strategy for your case study

Constructivist approach, the learner will use what they have learned to create questions to assess their own creation

  • Use authentic knowledge to analyze case study content

Connectivist approach, using a community of learners the student will assess other students work for connection to learned theory.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Map

Mini-Course Units

Lesson I: What is a Case Study

Lesson II: Case Study Content and Design

Lesson III: Case Study Creation and Assessment

References and Resources

Boston University. (2004). Using Case Studies to Teach. Retrieved from http://www.bu.edu/ceit/teaching-resources/using-case-studies-to-teach/

Carnegie Mellon.(n.d.). Design and teach a course. Retrieved from https://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/teach/instructionalstrategies/casestudies.html

Colorado State University. (1993-2015). Case Studies; Types and Design. Retrieved from http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/page.cfm?pageid=1289&guideid=60

Larson, M.,Lockee, B.(2014). Streamlined ID. New York: Routledge.

University of Buffalo. (1999-2015). National Center for Case Study teaching in science. Retrieved from http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/

Images

Case Study Word Cloud. (n.d.). Retrieved form case-studies-word-cloud.jpg

Man with Magnifying glass (n.d.). Retrieved from case-study2.png