Brief Case Studies as an Active Discussion

Long and detailed case studies have been used extensively in universities for decades, but short, well-prepared case studies can be effectively used in colleges to stimulate thinking and interactive discussion or debates.

The Internet, newspapers, and magazine are littered with interesting stories, and there will most likely be hundreds, or even thousands, or articles to choose from.

When choosing a case study it is important to remember that the case must provide a problem for the students to solve or debate. If the problem is missing, the   professor can add the problem as a footnote. Another suggestion is for the professor to remove paragraphs in the story that contain the solution to the problem. Continue reading

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Helping Students Read Case Studies

Case studies are an excellent learning tool for many students and teaching tool for facilitators. Instructors can highlight topics covered in previous classes, provide depth to the material, and help students understand how the course is applicable in the working world.

Preparing students for case study work is highly recommended as it will bring out the best of them and appeal to students with learning styles who require time to digest and mull over the many points of a case study.

Case studies, though, can seem daunting to many students. Some learners find 10 pages of dense material too much to tackle. Good instructors will offer students a few necessary tips before sending them home to read and think.

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Brief Case Studies as an Active Discussion

Long and detailed case studies have been used extensively in universities for decades, but short, well-prepared case studies can be effectively used in colleges to stimulate thinking and interactive discussion or debates.

The Internet, newspapers, and magazine are littered with interesting stories, and there will most likely be hundreds, or even thousands, or articles to choose from.

It is important to remember that the case must provide a problem for the students to solve or debate. IF this is missing professor can add the challenge as a footnote, or, perhaps, by not including paragraphs in a newspaper stories that contain the solution to the problem.

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Interactive Techniques – Using Case Studies to Enhance Learning

Everybody loves a good story. Adult educators have used case studies for decades, and some teachers include several case studies in every course. The reason case studies are such a useful tool is because they help learners apply their knowledge to solve a problem.

Case studies teach learns how to solve problems, create strategies, apply tactics and generally work in the real world without having real world consequences. From an instructor’s perspective, case studies illustrate how well the students can assimilate knowledge into action plans.

Choosing a case study is sometimes a problem, not because there is a shortage of case studies, but because there are many to choose from and very rarely will one fit all the criterion of the topic or course.

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