Welcome to the Science Case Network!
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
16th Annual Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science
September 18-19, 2015 Register now for the meeting in Buffalo, NY!
New Case for the Flipped Classroom: Little Girl Lost
In this case study on defective cellular organelles, Tracie Y. Hudson (Department of Biology, Malcolm X College, Chicago, Illinois) introduces students to the structure and function of cellular organelles and seeks to show their importance by discussing diseases and disorders that can result when an organelle does not function as it should. The storyline follows a family whose joy at bringing home a new baby is soon altered by their child’s sudden illness, which is eventually diagnosed as Leigh Disease. This disease occurs when defective mitochondria fail to produce energy needed by the cell, particularly affecting cells with high-energy needs like those in the brain, muscle, and gastrointestinal tract. The narrative also discusses some of the ways in which Leigh disease is inherited, treatment options, and the typical prognosis. The case was designed for an introductory non-majors biology course, but could also be used in other science or health related courses. Instructors also have the option of running the case in a “flipped classroom” in which students watch three recommended videos outside of class as a way of preparing for working on the case in class. To directly access the case, teaching notes, and key, go to the case record at: http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=783&id=783
Spotlight on SCN Fellows
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.”
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
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