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Preparing and Using Cases for Teaching

The links below provide information on writing cases and teaching using case based instruction. The links are categorized according to tips and strategies, assessment of cases, example cases, and references. All links open a new browser window.

Tips & strategies for writing and using cases

  • Desirable Components/Characteristics of Cases for Small Group Learning: links to a PDF document that provides a checklist (with explanations) of case components.
  • Guidelines for Case Writing: links to a PDF document that describes some guidelines for writing cases. Developed by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Penn State.
  • Using Cases in Teaching: links to a website created for instructors interested in starting to incorporate case assignments into their curricula. Topics include what is a case, writing the case, teaching tips, and more. Developed by Penn State University.
  • National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science: links to a website containing resources focusing on case method teaching, assessing case instruction, case ideas and examples, and more. Developed by the University of Buffalo.
  • The Case Files: links to a website created to: 1) improve the knowledge of strategies for delivery and development of case studies, 2) create an on-line clearinghouse of cases and case ideas, and 3) broadly disseminate case ideas and highly sophisticated cases for technological education. Developed by Nashville State Community College.
  • Case Based Learning in Your Classes: links to a website focusing on describing types of cases and teaching methods, planning for case based learning, generating ideas for cases, case writing suggestions, assessing case learning, and more. Developed by Margaret A. Waterman and Ethel D. Stanley at the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, School of University Studies.
  • Why Use Cases?: links to a website containing bulleted list descriptions on underlying procedures for using cases, case based process, characteristics of a good case, choosing and using a case, materials to use for case, and more. Developed by the Walker Teaching Resource Center, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Teaching with the Case Method: links to a webpage describing formats for cases, managing a case assignment, designing case study questions, and managing discussion and debate effectively. Developed by Campus Instructional Consulting, Indiana University at Bloomington.
  • Developing Clinical Case Studies – A Guide for Teaching: links to a website designed to assist health care practitioners with development of case studies for teaching in continuing medical education (CME) and similar educational situations.
  • Learning with Cases: links to a website that describes the benefits from the case method, 
    preparing for case discussions, preparing for written case analysis, making a case presentation, and evaluating student performance. Developed by the ICFAI Center for Management Research.

Sources & examples of cases

  • Case Repositories and Examples: links to a webpage containing links to discipline specific case studies. Once the webpage opens, you should scroll down to the links located under the heading “Case Repositories and Examples: Discipline Specific (21 links).”

References on case-based learning

  • Burgess, K. L. (2004). Is your case a problem? Journal of STEM Education, 5(1 and 2), 42-44.
  • Carlson, R., Barise, A., & Wooldridge, D. (2005). Toward authentic case-based assessment: Developing quality family sciences professionals. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 23(1).
  • Demarco, R., Hayward, L., & Lynch, M. (2002). Nursing students’ experiences with and strategic approaches to case-based instruction: a replication and comparison study between two disciplines. J Nurs Educ, 41(4), 165-174.
  • Farhoomand, A. (2004). Writing teaching cases: A quick reference guide. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 13, 103-107.
  • Gini, A. R. (1985). The case method: A perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 4(4), 351-352.
  • Krishnan, R. T. (2004). Case method: A perspective, AIMA National Workshop on Case Development. Bangalore, India.
  • Shinn, S. (2004). Getting down to cases. Biz Ed, January/February.
  • Sutyak, J. P., Lebeau, R. B., & O’Donnell, A. M. (1998). Unstructured cases in case-based learning benefit students with primary care career preferences. Am J Surg, 175(6), 503-507.
  • Walters, M. R. (1999). Case-stimulated learning within endocrine physiology lectures: An approach applicable to other disciplines. Advances in Physiology Education, 21(1), S74-S78.
  • Williams, B. (2005). Case based learning–a review of the literature: is there scope for this educational paradigm in prehospital education? Emerg Med J, 22(8), 577-581.
  • Williams, S. M. (1992). Putting case-based instruction into context: Examples from legal and medical education. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2(4), 367-427.