Using Case Studies to Explore Topics

Winter can play havoc with a teaching schedule. If classes are canceled, it is a good idea to have some activities that students can complete outside the traditional classroom.

Online discussions can provide the opportunity to explore topics, and case studies can open the door for students to consider how what they have learned applies to real world situations.

Case studies describe a situation in which a decision must be made by a professional. Unlike in a lecture class, a case instructor’s role is not to offer arguments, evidence and solutions, but rather to facilitate student discussion and create an environment for students to contribute and learn from each other.

With real-world stories, students are able to grapple with the kind of complex problems they may face later in their careers. Case study instructors can guide students to see probable solutions and frame their decision making in ways they had not previously considered. A fundamental principle of the Case Method is that the most enduring lessons are those which students teach themselves.

Columbia University Collection of Case Studies

National Center for Teaching Case Study in Science

New York Times Collection of Small Business Case Studies

Published: Nov 21, 2017 11:14am

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