Write a Case Study, September 2017 Sustainable Assignment

2017-18 Teaching and Learning Excellence Division Calendar: Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement and Meaningful Learning

For September, the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division calendar: “Producing Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement” focuses on developing case studies as a type of sustainable assignment. One of the goals of teaching and learning excellence is to create engaging learning experiences for students. Traditional assignments typically end when they are graded. Sustainable assignments, on the other hand, can provide meaningful learning experiences that last beyond the classroom.

Students can apply research techniques to create case studies on a specific topic or problem. This type of project can be semester-long and done individually or in a group. Case studies give students an opportunity to practice research and analytical writing skills.

Share examples of case studies and review some resources for doing research to help them get started. To engage students, challenge them to tackle an issue that is important to them. Students can share their perspectives on issues or problems affecting them, their communities, or the world. Sharing your students’ case studies online via a website offers the potential for impact beyond the classroom. Future students can add their own case studies to the website.

To read some examples of case studies, visit the Open Case Studies project at the University of British Columbia.

If you’re an ACC faculty member interested in using case studies for your class, contact a TLED instructional designer.

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