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Welcome to the Science Case Network! 

RCN-UBE Project #1344208

SCN supports a community of science educators, learners, researchers, developers, and professional organizations interested in furthering the accessibility, development, and use of cases and problem based learning (PBL).

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science 

The 16th Annual Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science  will be held September 18-19, 2015.  Register here for the meeting  in Buffalo, NY.

Little Girl Lost is a new case study for the flipped classroom. Tracie Y. Hudson (Department of Biology, Malcolm X College, Chicago, Illinois) introduces students to organelles and the importance of diseases and disorders that can result when an organelle does not function as it should.

Spotlight on Case Scholars,  SOTL Scholars,  Mentors and Group Leaders


Example cases by student groups.

Ellen M. Wisner, New Jersey Institute of Technology, designed a semester long project to help my students write their own cases in her honors course with the help of Kipp Herreid, her mentor in the New Case Fellow program.

In Insights into Student Development of Case Studies, she shares what she has learned while developing and implementing this project over the past two years including student response to this project.

Science Case Network Fellow,  Sarah A. Orlofske, Northeastern Illinois University, shares her experience in developing, implementing, and publishing her case addressing food web misconceptions.


 “The case study is presented as a research problem faced by a pair of undergraduate researchers who discover that indeed they have ‘missed’ a trophic level in their study.  As the students in the class read the story, they can also create the food web networks by hand (simplified, conceptual model) and mathematically using the  software program R.”


Students worked to build the world’s largest fractal as well as a new appreciation of mathematics as art.

SCN SOTL Scholar, Rachel Bayless, makes a case for mathematics in the humanities. Her SoTL project this past semester explored  whether or not teaching with cases changes students’ perceptions of mathematics. Real-world examples provided motivation as students completed text assignments, while each homework assignment focused on fabricated real-world-type problems. Case studies were used followed by a re-evaluation of student attitudes using survey methods.

One case features data from the controversial presidential election in Chile in 1970 from the perspective of a young mother who has questions. Students discover the mathematical implications of the voting system at that time. Read more from Rachel Bayless at Agnes Scott College and her Math for the Liberal Arts course. Bayless_PDF


View the video above for a brief introduction to Science Case Net.

Networking for Vision and Change