Using the Case Study Method

Are you brand new to the case study method? Or are you a seasoned practitioner?

Either way, this workshop series is for you! This series of interactive workshops for Columbia instructors leads you through an introduction to the case study method all the way to designing and facilitating case-based assignments with students.

During Spring 2017 semester, the CTL is holding three case study method sessions. Participants are welcome to register for individual sessions or the whole series.

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Visit the CTL Events Calendar to find upcoming workshops.


The Case Study Method workshops are open to all Columbia faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

Program Description

Each workshop in the Case Method Workshop series focuses on a different aspect of case-based instruction.The topics range from basic introductions to designing a case-based course. Throughout the series, you are encouraged to draw on a powerful resource in our own community, the Case Consortium at Columbia University.

Workshops in this series include:

Introduction to Case Study Method
Ever wonder how case method can be used in your course? Case method is a proven, effective pedagogical technique for teaching in a variety of disciplines as it allows students an in-depth interaction with a specific topic or concept. It is useful for teaching not only concepts and content, but also for developing skills that will benefit students in the workforce, such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork. This workshop provides a basic understanding of the case method and how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning. By the end, you will be able to:

  • Define the case study method and list its benefits
  • Identify small and large scale case method activities
  • Explore a topic where teaching and learning will be enhanced by using the case method approach

Designing and Facilitating Case-Based Activities
You already know the benefits of employing the case study method in your courses: it’s evidence-based, interdisciplinary, and application-driven. Now you’re looking for support in the implementation process. This workshop provides that support. By the end, you will be able to:

  • Determine resources for case studies and activity types
  • Effectively facilitate a case study assignment, including:
    • Forming Groups
    • Facilitating Discussion
    • Assessing Learning
  •  Select and scaffold a case-based activity

Case Study Implementation Lab
Join a community of scholars interested in implementing case-based activities in their courses!
The Implementation Lab is an informal work session for building case-based teaching and learning materials. You are invited to bring and workshop drafts (or ideas!) about implementing the case study method in your courses! As you have lunch, you can share materials and work with other members of your case-study community, forming a Columbia University community of practice.

Related Programs and Services

Active Learning Institute
Interested in learning more about active, engaged pedagogies? Sign up for our Active Learning Institute.

Case Consortium at Columbia University
Looking for case study resources? Or interested in sharing your own case study with the Columbia community? Check out the Case Consortium at Columbia!


If you have questions about the case study method series, the Case Consortium at Columbia University, or would like to make an appointment to discuss incorporating the case study method into your classes, please contact us at