Description: Case-based learning requires students to apply their knowledge to reach a conclusion about an open-ended, real-world situation. Provide students with a case, asking them to decide what they know that is relevant to the case, what other information they may need, and what impact their decisions may have, considering the broader implications of their decisions. Give small groups of 3-4 students time to consider responses, circulating to ask questions and provide help as needed. Provide opportunities for groups to share responses.
Benefits: This activity helps students apply what they have learned through reading or didactic teaching. The greatest value from case-based learning comes from the complexity and variety of answers that may be generated. The activity can be done in pairs or groups.