Using case studies to facilitate discussions that support the investigation and research of topics.
|Instructor Prep Time||High|
|Student Activity Time||Medium|
|Instructor Response Time||High|
|Complexity of Activity||Medium|
The purpose of this discussion type is to seriously engage students with the content. This discussion type can be the heart of the content knowledge activities, relying on activities that direct students to read, analyze, and investigate content material. New content knowledge builds on the student’s understandings and expands the knowledge base needed to apply and use the knowledge (Boettcher, 2019).
Use it when you want...
- Students to start working with the ideas, researching possibilities and relationships, and connecting the dots.
- Students to build on their current understanding and expand their knowledge base to apply and use that knowledge.
- Identify a case study or develop a new one that aligns with your course outcomes or unit objectives. The case can be real or hypothetical.
- Develop a case study with a series of questions to guide students’ analysis. Distribute the case to students, such as using a page as a course assignment or discussion in Canvas.
- Identify your expectations for students to work on the case. For example, the timeframe or the point(s) of view for students. Also consider, how you expect to monitor or assess the group process, the format of the end product.
- Consider your interest in assessing the groups' process, and how that impacts technology needs. For example, you may want to establish separate assignments for students to submit in-progress reports or reflections on their group experience.
- Form student groups and communicate the case and expectations. Allow a forum for students to ask questions.
- Direct students to sort out factual data, apply analytical tools, articulate issues, and reflect on their relevant experience. Have them recommend actions that resolve the problem in the case.
- You may wish to set up student groups in Canvas and guide students in using campus tools available through Canvas to have their group discussions.
- Have students prepare a statement describing their assessment of the case, the decision options as they see them, and their recommendations for a decision.
- Guide discussion of the cases with the entire class. If the case is a real-world example, students will want to know what happened. Share this with them after they have reported on it.
- Have students turn in their final product.
- Review the students’ statements on the case study.
- Provide feedback/grade to group participants.
- Debrief the activity with the class. Some ways this may be done include class announcements or a class-wide discussion forum.