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Preparing Students for Cases and Collaborative Learning

Instructors need to introduce students to case study approaches, especially to collaborative group work. Address student concerns by providing access to specific information on what to expect with case-based learning. Having an assessment plan to share with your students is recommended.

You may find Student Notes for Using Cases (Microsoft Word 38kB Aug17 03) helpful to have on hand as well.

Implementation hints:

The first time you do a case, choose a familiar, but compelling topic. Students are more likely to engage in the issues and generate questions about the case.

Don't be afraid to give explicit directions, such as:

Students may find guidelines for how to act during discussions helpful. Have printed guidelines such as:

General advice books on college teaching like McKeachie's Teaching Tips (1994) or Barbara Gross Davis' Tools for Teaching (1993) will be useful for developing such guidelines, as will colleagues in disciplines that regularly use discussion (psychology, english, history, education, philosophy).

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