Cases Come in All Shapes & Sizes Enduring Legacies Native Cases Project Barbara Leigh Smith, The Evergreen State College
A case is a significant* story with an educational message. *According to whom?
Analysis cases ask “What Happened?” Decision/Dilemma Cases also ask “What Should be Done?” Trigger Cases Open ended v Closed Can be historical or contemporary Types of Cases
Many Sources of Cases • Existing materials: Newspapers, journals, public reports, minutes of meetings, cartoons • Original research • Fictional
Your style & purpose guides the design… • Convergence of big ideas in course + big issues in Indian Country • Disciplinary focus • Length, multiple parts? • Format – print, nonprint style ie video • Narrative Point of view • Audience & knowledge base • Teaching preferences
Strategies to get started • Make the title a question • Identify key issues or concepts • Ask whether this would be of interest to others. Where might it be used? • Many design decisions along the way….
Teaching Notes • Include learning outcomes & objectives • Background information • References, additional resources • Tiered discussion questions • Suggested research projects • Allow tailoring to different course space, audiences and goals • Include assessment suggestions
Pedagogical Goals & Approaches • Cases very effective in building process skills • Collaborative learning a key element of ours • Class size & skill of students a factor in choosing approach • Many options: individual assignment format, lecture, discussion & small group formats • Formats vary: debates, role playing, small group-large group • Clicker cases. Online use of cases
Other Goals • Involve Native leaders in presentation • Record & share significant tribal history and issues • Raise awareness of other resources available • Activate students!