Western Illinois University
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Too many deer? A public hearing part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
This case recreates a public hearing to consider what to do about a deer overpopulation problem in an urban oldgrowth forest. This forest, over 200 acres, has more than 40 deer, and the deer are impacting the vegetation. Students are assigned different roles, representing different viewpoints that were expressed at the public hearing. Other students act as meeting moderators or as expert witnesses. By reenacting the public hearing students experience the reality of multiple perspectives and opinions, some of which have more merit than others. All of the perspectives except one were really expressed at the actual public hearing.
Retinitis pigmentosa: Genetic Eye Disease part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
This case was written for a large lecture section that uses powerpoint and personal response systems (clickers) to teach. Students experience a demonstration of the neurological connections to the eye, and examine data showing progressive vision loss in a patient. The vision loss is due to a recessive genetic disease. The implications of that disease are considered. The case uses a powerpoint presentation with embedded clicker questions.
Eric Ribbens part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Western Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences Macomb, IL 61455 E-Ribbens@wiu.edu Phone:309 255-1650 Background Information I'm a plant ecologist, ...