Detailed / Extensive case studies
These are very detailed case studies that may be up to 100 pages or more in length. These are usually used in business courses individually by students with the purpose to develop an analysis with a list of suggestions for changes to be applied. A discussion is typically followed.
Descriptive / Narrative cases
These types of case studies were initially used in medical schools, and are up to 5 pages in length with each page containing 1-2 paragraphs. They are addressed during 2 or more class sessions and students are expected to generate hypotheses, develop the learning objectives and generate study questions for each part of the case.
These have a specific focus and are used in a single class session. Their purpose is to provide opportunities to the students to apply knowledge and concepts, to engage in lab practical applications, or used as a pre-lab exercise.
These are up to 2 or 3 sentences in length and are used in small groups to engage students in pre-assessments.
Directed choice cases
These are short cases and are accompanied by directed questions that need to be addressed by the students.
Multiple choice cases
These are mini cases with 4-5 solutions for students to choose from and support the most possible one. Usually used for addressing issues in ethics and policy decisions and used during in-class sessions.
Case studies are a widely accepted method of in-class experiential learning. There are many different ways that professors can integrate case studies into their classroom. Click here to see how case studies have been integrated into students’ learning experience.