Case Studies - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation
A good case study, according to Professor Paul Lawrence is:
“The vehicle by which a chunk of reality is brought into the classroom to be worked over by the class and the instructor. A good case keeps the class discussion grounded upon some of the stubborn facts that must be faced in real life situations.”
This web page outlines what a case study is, how to find/create a case study, and how to effectively use a case study as a learning exercise.
- Use cases that are relatable or "real"
- Provide ample time for the study of the case, assigning it as homework if the length requires extended study
- Break the class into groups for small discussion to engage every student