What Is It?
Case-based learning focuses instruction around complex, real-life scenarios to expose learners to a variety of authentic examples and help them develop skills in analytical thinking and problem solving. It generally involves immersing learners in the details of the real world case study and then dissecting aspects of it, both individually and as a group, to construct personal understanding of the principles and methods applied. Probably the most well-known example is the Harvard Business School Case Method.
Why it Works
One of the most important benefits of case-based learning is conveying the complexities and ambiguities of real-world problems, and avoiding the potential pitfall of oversimplification in the classroom.
It allows learners to think about the application of concepts and processes to actual scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and reality.
And as a learning process, it is highly engaging. It immerses participants in a story and requires them to both formulate their own perspective, and actively listen to and adapt their thinking based on the input of others.
How it Applies to the New Normal
While facilitating a productive case analysis takes practice, the materials and tools required for case-based learning translate easily to an online learning environment.
At its most basic, all you need is a written case study and a platform to discuss it. You may enhance this basic formula by including video from experts or case participants to bring the case to life and structured online activities to facilitate case analysis.
Try Something New
The New Normal is driving the necessity to try something new in your training programs. The research-based methods discussed in this series can give you the confidence that you are not only converting your program to an online learning format, but strengthening its impact on your learners.