These are some criteria that could be used to assess the products of students’ work on case studies:

  • How did they participate and contribute to group discussions and engagements?
  • What issues did they identify and what did they focus their attention and research on?
  • The type of questions did they develop?
  • What investigations did they inquire about?
  • The location of the resources and materials used.
  • The ways in which their investigations were conducted.
  • How did they present the results of the case study analysis?

Assessing the effectiveness of case studies in relation to learning

As an instructor, it is important to assess the learning that took place as a result of the use case studies in your course. The questions to be used for this purpose should focus on how well the learning objectives were addressed and how meaningful the interactions were between and among group members.

Some of the proposed questions to be used for assessing a case study are:

  • Was the case study effective learning tool?
  • How open-ended is this case and how can it be altered in a way that students can move beyond fact-finding?
  • What are some of the challenges for the students?
  • Were students being misled in investigating this case?
  • What are some of the comments regarding the time allotted for this case?
  • How was the process of generating questions to investigate the case?
  • Any comments on the usability of the questions?
  • How was the process of generating and accumulating materials and resources?
  • How well is the case study aligned with the other aspects of the course (lecturing time, lab work, discussions and debates)?
  • What worked and what did not work well?
  • What needs to be modified for future use of the case?