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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Case-based Learning & Problem-based Learning

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/casebasedlearningandproblembasedlearning.html

 

Overview:  Case-based learning and problem-based Learning are instructional strategies that uses the analysis of authentic, "real-life" scenarios or challenges as a means of demonstrating and/or building skills, competencies, and disciplinary intuition. Case-based learning tends to use cases as part of an integrated pedagogical strategy along with lectures, readings, and other instructional activities; once students have been presented with a theoretical framework they review a case and try to apply the principles to the case at hand, bridging theory and practice. Problem-based learning, in its purest form, presents a fully-formed "real-world" problem to students at the outset of a course. Students then experiment and explore to solve the problem, with the instructor acting as a "guide" in the process, offering correction, focus, and assistance to guide inquiry.