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Tip provided by Professor David Fender, Murray State University
Have you ever had trouble with coming up with good case studies? Case studies can be a good learning tool but they need to be directly applicable for the subject and key points that need to be made. Below is one technique to get students more involved in the subject and to get case studies.
Basic Instructions for Students:
This is the first assignment because I use these case studies throughout the course. After receiving I review them for meeting the requirements of the assignment (this is graded) and then group them by subject. Then I select a few appropriate ones, remove names, edit as necessary and use them during the course. I make sure the students know that one of their fellow students submitted and that the issue is very real. At the end of the discussion I ask the individual who wrote the case study to tell us what they did or how it turned out. Some issues can be sensitive so I always ask this individual before class if it will be OK to call on them, if not I will just summarize.
Another way you could use these case studies is to divide class into groups and for each case study have one group come up with questions/issues that this raises and then have a second group come up with recommendations to address the issue and all of this can be discussed by the class. At the end you could have the person experiencing the issue to address what they did or what they think about the recommendations. I have used this technique both in face-to-face and online classes and it has worked well.
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