ITS Academic Technologies’ Pizza and Pedagogy teaching and learning workshop series is back!
If you’re interested in an informal, yet intellectually-grounded space for dialogue and debate with like-minded colleagues, we invite you to join us for our first luncheon about using case studies to teach on Thursday, September 27, from 12-1:15 pm in Science Addition 202A.
Case studies are a powerful student-centered teaching tool that can impart students with critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills.
A case study is simply a story used to show the application of a theory or concept to real situations. Depending on the goal they are meant to fulfill, cases can be fact-driven and deductive where there is a correct answer, or they can be context driven where multiple solutions are possible. They are, by their nature, multidisciplinary, and “allow the application of theoretical concepts … bridging the gap between theory and practice” (Davis & Wilcock). Working on cases requires students to research and evaluate multiple sources of data, fostering information literacy, as well as good organizational and time management skills. The case method increases student proficiency with written and oral communication, as well as collaboration and team-work.
Case studies have long been used in business schools, law schools, medical schools and the social sciences, but they can be used in *any* discipline when instructors want students to explore how what they have learned applies to real-world situations.
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