Welcome to the Science Case Network Case Scholars program. I will be your Case Mentor from March 1 2014 to Feb 28 2015 for the “Community College and Cases” Group.
The trend for change in science education is to move from teacher-centered classrooms to student-centered learning, while developing higher order thinking skills and scientific literacy. Cases Studies are a teaching tool for introducing active learning into science classrooms. Active learning engages students in course material and investigative science by allowing the student to learn by doing. Case studies create a learning environment which recognizes that students have different learning styles and have different abilities. Case studies promote communication and team building skills, while employing inquiry, critical thinking and the process of science. Cases studies use issues that are relevant to students’ lives, making the content meaningful, motivating learning. Case studies allow students to understand of the relevance of science in their lives, promoting life-long learning.
I have been using case studies and held to my philosophy ever since 2002, when I first learned of case studies and PBLs and developed “Dam It! I’m in Swampeast Missouri”, an investigative case study at the LifeLines OnLine Summer Workshop. I use case studies in each of my classes, whether they be face-to-face or online. I am especially excited to work with a group from community colleges.
Our group must maintain activity and post at least monthly. Throughout the year, we will produce a minimum of one of the following each year:
White paper, e.g. Assessing Learning in PBL or Case Classrooms
On-line feature based on the groups work
A chapter for the on-line book, e.g. How to Facilitate Cases
Videos e.g. Cases in Action
The group leaders will present at the BioQUEST/SCN conference at the
University of Delaware June 21-30, 2014.
Please introduce yourselves here. Please share your interests with case studies, challenges faced in the community college learning setting (and how Cases could be of service), and the projects that you are currently working on.
Please post by March 31st. Once we have introductions, I’d like to meet via Skype to chat with everyone in early April!
I look forward to working with everyone this year!
Michelle A. Fisher
Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff, MO
This is a private group. To join you must be a registered site member and request group membership.