Making the Case:
An Introduction to Case-Based Learning
with Pat Soranno
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 11:30-1:30.
Biomedical/Physical Sciences Room 1400.
About the Session:
Although the use of case studies as a teaching technique has
long been used in business, law, and medicine, it has been more rarely used in
undergraduate science courses. However, there are many aspects of case studies
as a teaching tool that are extremely relevant to the teaching of scientific
principles and complex ideas. One definition of case studies is: 'condensed versions of thought-provoking
events from the lives of practicing professionals’. In this workshop, you
will learn exactly what case studies are, how they can be effectively used in
science classrooms, and some resources to get you started down the path of
integrating them into your classroom.
About Pat Sorrano:
Pat received her PhD
from the University of Wisconsin where she took a seminar course offered by Dr.
Jo Handelsman who introduced her to the idea of active learning in the
university classroom. This seminar course and the ideas behind active learning
pedagogies was one of the major reasons that Pat decided to become a professor.
Since then, she has been working on a variety of strategies to implement active
learning into her classroom, including problem-based learning, developing novel
approaches for student-lead discussions, and the use of case studies. As a
Lilly Fellow at MSU, she developed an entire course solely using case studies
which she will discuss at this workshop.