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Presented by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science 

WORKSHOP CONTENT: We have found the case study method to be a powerful pedagogical technique for teaching science because it humanizes science and effectively illustrates scientific methodology and values. Moreover, since many of the best cases are based on contemporary science problems featured in the news, the use of cases in the classroom makes science relevant to students. Our five-day workshop focuses on training science faculty (all levels) to teach with case studies, to write their own cases, and to assess their students' learning with cases. During the final two days of the workshop, all participants are required to teach a case before a student audience using a case they have developed during the workshop. In addition, workshop participants are expected to produce a case study within six months of the workshop for our national, peer-reviewed case collection. Past workshops have included faculty from biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, mathematics, geology, psychology, anthropology, nursing, science education, dentistry, engineering, medicine, and other science-related disciplines.

APPLICATION: Open enrollment through registration on a first-to-register, first-to-pay basis, limited to 35 people.

COST: $900.00, which includes all workshop sessions, materials and meals (beginning with breakfast Monday through lunch Friday). Participants must arrange and pay for their own travel and lodging . We have arranged for reduced price lodging at a conveniently located hotel: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center: $79.00 per night for double bedded queen room. A guaranteed block of rooms will be held at this price until April 15, 2016.

WEBSITE: Detailed information about the workshop, including online registration and housing options:

WORKSHOP DIRECTOR: Workshop Director Clyde F. (Kipp) Herreid is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University at Buffalo. He has conducted numerous workshops around the country on case method teaching, team learning, and problem-based learning. He is the author of a column on case studies regularly featured in the Journal of College Science Teaching and directs the work of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

QUESTIONS: Please contact our workshop coordinator, Carolyn Wright, at or at 716-645-4900.


University at Buffalo, State University of New York