In the Smart Learning book a case study is an account of practice or innovation with which you have been directly involved. It will set out what was done, why, what happened, and what was learnt.
The word count range for Case Studies is up to 2,000 words
Introduce your case study first. A good title helps, but start your case study with one or two introductory statements about the study’s focus. Then say something about your role(s) in the story, activity, project or innovation. You might be the tutor, course leader, student, learning technologist, research assistant, etc. You might be collaborating with others, so explain the nature of the collaboration.
Give the reader some background information:
- What was the teaching or learning situation?
- What problem were you trying to address or what improvement were you or the tutor trying to make?
- How had you got to the point of doing something different?
- What evidence or information did you draw upon? How did this inspire or inform you?
- What was the theoretical underpinning? e.g. Perhaps you have read something about group work, or technology-enhanced learning, or innovative assessment, etc.
What did you do? Who was involved? This is where you write the detail, the successes and failures.
Evidence, findings, analysis or reflection
What happened? How do you know? What did you observe? What did students tell you? How did they tell you?
Discussion and Conclusion
So, what are the implications of this? For you, your students, colleagues? For us, the readers?
What are you going to to do next or what do you think others should think about doing as a result of your study?