Real Life in the Classroom

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Case studies are a great way to create active learning experiences that engage multiple learning outcomes related to inquiry in your classroom. Case studies help students bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical know-how through complex real-life situations and stories. Though mostly associated with medicine, law, and business case studies can be drawn from and adapted to any discipline. A good overview with best practices for application can be found here.

Case studies can often be found in the scholarly literature of your discipline and in online repositories and databases, some of which can be found here.

For a deeper dive and guide to creating your own cases tailored to your pedagogical needs, check out the two books cited below. Both are available in the Sherrod Library.

Barkley, E., Major, C., & Cross, K. (2014). Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Worldcat.

Lynn, L., (1999). Teaching and learning with cases: A guidebook. New York: Chatham House. Worldcat.