STIRS Case Study Resources
Resources for Case Writing
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science-Selected Articles by Clyde F. Herreid: This website presents four articles specifically about writing cases, by case study educational expert Clyde Freeman Herreid. In addition, several of the articles listed under “Teaching with Cases” may also be helpful to case writers.
ScienceCaseNet: ScienceCaseNet is an interactive network on problem-based learning (PBL) and case-based learning in science education. This website compiles links to a number of helpful resources about teaching using case and PBL methods.
- Harvard Kennedy School - Tips on the Craft of Case Writing and Tips for Refining your Case Topic: Both of these short guides are helpful for developing decision- or dilemma-type cases.
- The Schreyer Institute, Pennsylvania State University: Resources for Case Writing
Resources About Teaching Using the Case Method
- Participant-Centered Learning and the Case Method: A Harvard Business School Multimedia Resource: This website presents three excellent sets of video clips and other resources:
- A Case Study Teacher in Action – Professor David Garvin talks about preparing for and conducting a case study discussion. Extremely informative and engaging.
- Participant-Centered Learning and the Case Method: Answers, Insights and Advice 1 – Eight Harvard Business School professors offer insights and advice regarding participant-centered thinking, preparing to teach and learn, and adopting and supporting participant-centered learning.
- Participant-Centered Learning and the Case Method: Answers, Insights and Advice 2 – Eight Harvard Business School professors offer further insights and advice. Topics include creating a climate for learning, teaching techniques, evaluation, and timing and feedback.
- National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science – Selected Articles by Clyde F. Herreid: This website presents numerous articles by case study educational expert Clyde Freeman Herreid, listed under the topical areas of: Getting Started, Teaching with Cases, and Cases and Cooperative Learning.
- Harvard Business School’s C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching & Learning: This website presents resources for case teaching and learning, most available for purchase. The following one-page tip sheets are available at no charge on the website:
- Characteristics of Effective Case Method Teaching
- Elements of Effective Class Preparation
- Harvard Kennedy School of Government Case Program: The following helpful primers are available at this site:
- Learning by the Case Method
- Using a Teaching Case
- Case Tip 1 and Tip 2: Cornell University offers two short tip sheets regarding teaching with cases..
- National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Training Videos: The following two videos, each 26 minutes long and available for purchase, are recommended:
- Use of Case Studies and Group Discussion in Science Education
- Team Learning: Cooperative Learning in the Science Classroom
- Carleton College, SERC Starting Point Project – Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: The Starting Point Project presents useful resources for several different pedagogical approaches relevant to both case-based learning and the goals of AAC&U’s STIRS project: experience-based environmental projects; investigative case-based learning; jigsaws; role playing; teaching with data; teaching with GIS; teaching with Google Earth; teaching with visualizations.
Resources for Evaluating Student Case Work
- National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science – Evaluating Student Case Work: This is a short discussion of various approaches to evaluating student case work.
- National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science – Selected Articles by Clyde F. Herreid: This website presents an article by case study educational expert Clyde Freeman Herreid about grading case work.
- Carleton College, SERC Starting Point Project – Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: This webpage discusses issues in assessing skills that are reinforced by case-based learning: skills in identifying questions, resources, investigative methodologies and argumentation, as well as students’ knowledge of the science concepts.
Sources of Teaching Cases
Numerous sources of teaching cases exist in addition to those developed for the STIRS Case Study Project. Acknowledgements to ScienceCaseNet and many of its affiliates for many of the sources compiled below.
- Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons: Among the tens of thousands of open-source educational materials catalogued on the OER Commons website are 785 case studies suitable for undergraduate education (including some also listed below). They are searchable by broad disciplinary groups (arts, business, humanities, mathematics & statistics, science & technology, social sciences). User feedback is also included where available.
- The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science: NCCSTS has an extensive collection of case studies in all areas of science for use at the undergraduate, graduate, and high school level. The NCCSTS website currently catalogs over 475 peer-reviewed cases, searchable by subject area (broad list of sciences including social science), educational level, and type of case. The cases are published after undergoing a rigorous process of peer review and revision. All of them have teaching notes. Many also have answer keys, which are password protected.
- University of Delaware’s PBL Clearinghouse: The PBL Clearinghouse is a collection of problems that assist educators in using problem-based learning. The problems are peer reviewed by PBL experts in the disciplinary content areas. Teaching notes and supplemental materials accompany each problem, providing insights and strategies that are innovative and classroom-tested. This website presents 17 sample problems.
- Emory University’s Cases Online: CASES Online is a collection of more than 350 inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems. Registered users can download cases and support materials. Registration is free.
- Investigative Case-Based Learning: Investigative case-based learning methods incorporate problem posing, problem solving, and peer persuasion. The website presents about 70 cases developed by faculty participants in workshops carried out through a collaboration between Southeast Missouri State University and Beloit College. Cases are indexed under a wide variety of science disciplines.
- Case It!: Case It! is a project providing a framework for - collaborative case-based learning via free, open-ended molecular biology simulations and cases based primarily on genetic and infectious disease. It is based at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
- Evergreen State College’s Native Case Studies: The Enduring Legacies Native Cases Initiative has developed culturally relevant curriculum and teaching resources in the form of case studies on key issues in Indian Country. Over 80 cases are catalogued and searchable by discipline and theme. Cases represent a broad variety of disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; most are interdisciplinary.
- Carleton College, SERC Starting Point Project – Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: The Starting Point Project describes several different pedagogical approaches relevant to both case-based learning and the goals of AAC&U’s STIRS project: experience-based environmental projects; investigative case-based learning; jigsaws; role playing; teaching with data; teaching with GIS; teaching with Google Earth; teaching with visualizations. Teaching materials/cases/exercises can be searched by both pedagogical approach and topic; many of these teaching materials have good interdisciplinary potential as the topics are relevant beyond geosciences.
- University of Minnesota SHiPS Resource Center: This website catalogs a collection of curriculum modules / case studies illuminating the nature of science and promoting the development of scientific thinking skills through history, philosophy, or social context. The several dozen case studies, many with teaching notes, illustrate concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences.
- Harvard University’s Kennedy School Case Program: This collection of nearly 2,000 cases in 33 areas of government and public policy is searchable online. Many cases are available free of charge; the newer and most popular cases and teaching notes are available through Harvard Business Publishing.
- Harvard Business School (HBS) Case Studies: HBS catalogs over 100 cases from its collection that have been used successfully with undergraduate students. They are searchable by course type and are available for purchase online.
- Auburn University’s Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education(LITEE): These case studies help introduce engineering students to the complexity of real-world problems and show how engineering companies work in the information age.
- The Electronic Hallway: The Electronic Hallway is an online repository of over 230 quality teaching cases and other curriculum materials for faculty who teach public administration, public policy, and related subjects. Many Hallway cases include teaching notes, and other resources created by experienced teachers. Cases can be publicly searched by organizational setting /policy area and by academic subject/skills taught. However, the cases and teaching notes are available for download only to Electronic Hallway members.
- The Society for Case Research: The Society for Case Research publishes case studies in three journals: Business Case Journal, Journal of Critical Incidents, and Journal of Case Studies. The teaching cases are oriented toward business education.
For Formal Training in Case Teaching and/or Case Writing
- NCCSTS offers a five-day summer workshop and a two-day fall conference to train faculty in the case method of teaching science.
- The Society for Case Research holds an annual meeting as well as a summer case writing workshop.
- The Electronic Hallway offers case teaching workshops, case writing workshops, and customized case workshops.