Case-based Learning

What is Case-based Learning?

The principle of case-based learning (CBL) is to offer cases to motivate students to learn and structure their learning. A case is a realistic situation that students may encounter later in their professional practice. The students will work together and come to several good solutions or understanding of the case through discussion. The role of the teacher is to guide this process. Where necessary, the teacher will stimulate the discussion and ask broadening or deepening questions and possibly provide explanations.

Working from a case, it is clearer for students why certain knowledge and / or insights are necessary within the learning context. With the case, learning objectives are given that a student must acquire during the self-study period in order to be able to work with the case. A case is a realistic situation that students may encounter later in their professional practice. The discussion of the case will be discussed in an education group. The students will work together and come to several good solutions or understanding of the case through discussion. The role of the teacher is to guide this process. Where necessary, the teacher will stimulate the discussion and ask broadening or deepening questions and possibly provide explanations.

The advantages of using CBL are that it promotes the collaboration of learning. The student collects prior knowledge and will add the newly acquired knowledge and insights. In addition, CBL will ensure more integration of knowledge and insights gained in various places. CBL is intrinsically and extrinsically motivating and promotes the students’ self-reflective ability to assess whether they have understood something well (Williams, 2005) .

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