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View Resource National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Although the case method has been used for years to teach law, business, and medicine, it is not common in science. Yet the use of case studies holds great promise as a pedagogical technique for teaching science, particularly to undergraduates, because it humanizes science and well illustrates scientific methodology and values. It develops students' skills in group learning, speaking, and...

View Resource Epidemic!

Epidemic! uses three case studies to explore such disease-related environmental considerations as fate and transport, monitoring the environment, pollution prevention, regulations and policy, and risk assessment and decisionmaking. Scientific principles of ecology, evolution, and microbial resistance are also introduced. Instructors will find a wealth of teaching resources including an...

View Resource The Problem-Based Cycle At-a-Glance

This page from the Problem-based Case Learning (PBCL) project provides an overview of the problem-based case learning cycle, or PBCL Cycle. The educational model is designed to be a compromise between a highly structured, instructor-focused learning environment and a non-traditional, student-focused classroom setting. The nine stages of the cycle are: course/business matching, framing, the...

View Resource PHOTON Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Challenges

Eight multimedia-based problem-based learning (PBL) case studies and instructional resource materials are being created to complement the successful PHOTON curriculum previously funded by NSF. The case studies actively engage the students in a genuine problem solving process. High school and community college photonics technology instructors from 16 institutions are being recruited and trained to...

View Resource Problem-Based Learning

Based at the University of Delaware, this set of peer-tested and vetted educational resources asks the important question: "How can I get my students to think?" Their educational philosophy places a premium on problem-based learning (PBL), which is an instructional method that asks students to work cooperatively in groups in order to seek solutions to real world problems. First-time visitors can...

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