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Teaching with Cases or Problems

This workshop is for those who wish to develop case studies to use in their classroom. Cases are an excellent way to help students apply disciplinary material; however, case-writing can be difficult.  Teaching with cases also lends itself to non-traditional types of student assessments. This workshop will help you structure your course for case-based learning, write cases based on your course objectives and content, and choose an assessment method. You should bring your course syllabus and any cases you may have already written.


At the conclusion of this session, you should be able to begin to:

  • Design and write a case based on your course goals, content, and objectives
  • Choose an assessment method consistent with your cases, course goals, content, objectives and student characteristics.


  • Kee, V. S.  (2004). Teaching & learning through inquiry:  A guidebook for institutions and instructors.  Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing.
  • Torp, L., & Sage, S.  (2002). Problems as possibilities:  Problem-based learning for K-16 education (2nd ed.)  Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Wassermann, S. (1994). Introduction to Case Method Teaching: A Guide to the Galaxy. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

This workshop is not currently being offered.  The CTE will be happy to consult with individuals or small groups who wish to explore these tools further.  For more information, contact the CTE (8-4470 or cte@vcu.edu).

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