The use ofcase studies in online courses has been shown to promote critical thinking skills and the ability to transfer these skills to real-life situations, but there can be real challenges with using case studies online. As Joni Dunlap puts it: "My students -- in a professional preparation graduate program -- really push back against case-based exercises. Their position is that they prefer to work on projects from their workplace." This week, Xiaojing Liu discusses her research into designing and facilitating effective case studies. She identifies a number of practices from a review of 27 online MBA courses at the Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana.
Xiaojing Liu, Senior Research Analyst at Kelley Business School, Indiana University, joins us this week to discuss how to design effective online cased-based learning courses. Drawing on her research into cased based-learning startegies used in an MBA program, Dr. Liu considers the benefits and challenges of case-based learning from both a student and faculty perspective.
Part II of a discussion of the Community of Inquiry framework. Jennifer Maddrell leads us in a consideration of what it means to create 'cognitive' presence in online courses.
Jennifer Maddrell leads a discussion of another key aspect of online teaching and learning--developing cognitive presence in online courses. In addition to discussing the definition of cognitive presence, we consider how it can be facilitated, and the challenges that students face when the instructors emphasize collaboration without adequate supports.