Open Case Studies
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Open Case Studies
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Case Study Details

What do we mean by "case study?"

These ideas came from the brainstorm activity we engaged in during the workshop in April.

The case study:

Questions, suggestions, comments on this shared definition

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Who is the audience?

There are multiple audiences for these case studies:

Proposed format

Given that we anticipate a broad audience for the case studies, it's important that they be written using layperson language. Discipline specific terminology may be brought in at the level of the "perspectives" piece - where there is opportunity to identify how various disciplines would approach the problem (for example, some may bring expertise in different tools/frameworks for problem analysis or public consultation, etc.).



Disciplinary Perspectives

Teaching Resources

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How might the case studies be used in teaching?

The case studies we develop may be used in any learning environment where students are grappling with themes related to sustainability or environmental ethics. The objectives may be refined to support the learning goals of a particular course.

As a starting place, we propose that instructors use the case studies developed within this project by requiring students to answer a series of open-ended questions, contributing to an analysis of the issue presented and a proposed solution or way forward. Some suggested lines of questioning include:

Case studies offer a way for students to "actively engage in figuring out the principles by abstracting from the examples" (Boston University - Using Case Studies to Teach) . This process develops their skills for:

Questions, suggestions, comments on how to use the case studies

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Also useful could be active learning exercises such as simulations, debates, small group discussions, and so on that would be appropriate for the topic

Document to record case study topics

Please go to this page to write down the topic or topics you're thinking you might use for your case study:

We can see what others are doing and see if there are overlaps, see if others have ideas we might use, etc.

Sprint Process

Our goals

Day 1: May 19th: 9:30am-4:30pm

Setting the stage

Initial Drafting/Writing

12:00-1:00pm LUNCH--Provided

Case studies check in

Process check in and Wrap-up

Day 2: May 20th : 9:30am - 4:30pm

Day 1 Debrief

Revising case-studies

Case studies check in

Case Studies Perspectives

Case studies check in

Final Debrief