Friday, August 22, 2008

Just in Case (Study)

I've found that sprinkling my course with case studies has greatly improved the learning in my A&P course! I think they do a great job in pushing my students upward with Bloom's taxonomy!

And in our courses for A&P teachers at HAPS Institute we frequently use case studies!

I just received the following announcement about a Case Study Teaching conference coming up in September. I've never been to one of these, but I work with colleagues who have . . . and it has transformed their teaching! And their student's learning!

I'll be busy with the Using Cadavers course that weekend . . . but if you go, drop me a line and let me know all about your experience there!

(Note: I'll be sharing more on using case studies in A&P in later posts!)


Interested in Case Study Teaching…Learn from the best! Dr. Clyde (Kipp) Herreid, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, is our conference leader.

Register now for our upcoming 2-day fall Case Study Teaching conference September 26th and 27th, 2008. The conference is open to anyone interested in science education including high school teachers and international teachers. See below for a full listing of the conference sessions which includes beginner and experienced tracks. In addition, we will be holding a poster session and would be pleased if you submitted a proposal.

Please pass this announcement along to colleagues of yours who are not on our listserv.

Early-Bird Registration Deadline Extended to September 6, 2008!

My regards, Nancy Schiller

Co-Director, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

University at Buffalo, State University of New York



Presented by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State

University of New York at Buffalo

DATES: September 26 & 27, 2008

VENUE: Ramada Inn & Conference Center, Amherst, NY


-to submit a poster session proposal: August 29, 2008

-to reserve a hotel room at the special conference rate: September 10, 2008

-to get the early bird discounted rate: September 6, 2008


The aim of our annual fall conference is to bring together people who are interested in teaching science using case studies. The conference features plenary speakers (Teaching Without A Net: A Few Lessons About Discussion Teaching That I Have Learned from My Students Rita Silverman, Professor of Education, Pace University, and Learning About the Nature of Science with Case Studies Kathy Gallucci, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Elon University), a poster session, and a number of mini-workshops organized in two tracks - one for the beginner and the other for the more experienced

case teacher. It is your choice which sessions you attend (mix and match).

Beginner Track Sessions:

What Is a Case? / Different Types of Cases Kipp Herreid

The Discussion Case Method Kipp Herreid

The Interrupted Case Method Kipp Herreid

Team Learning Using Cases Kipp Herreid

How to Write a Case Kipp Herreid,

Experienced Teacher Track Sessions:

Active Learning Strategies in the Science Classroom Christa Colyer

Using Cases to Help Science Teachers Align Curriculum to State and National Standards Rita Silverman

Assessing Critical Thinking in the Science Classroom Paula Lemons

The Mini Research Project Christa Colyer

Committed to Cases: Integrating the Case Concept into your Course Eric Ribbens

The conference also includes breakout sessions on:

Case Studies in the Life Sciences Moderators: Eric Ribbens, Paula Lemons, Kathy Gallucci

- OR -

Case Studies in the Physical Sciences Moderators: Christa Colyer, Frank Dinan

Early bird registration (before or on September 6, 2008) is $425. Regular registration (after September 6, 2008) is $475. We are also offering a special student registration rate of $225. Registration includes buffet lunch, and morning/afternoon coffee breaks on both Friday and Saturday, as well as the Friday evening reception & banquet. A full buffet breakfast is available to those staying at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center, compliments of the hotel.

Please note: A limited block of hotel rooms is being held at the Ramada for our group at the special conference rate until September 10, 2008, so plan on making your hotel reservations early.

For more information, including how to submit your poster proposal, see the conference website at:

Questions about the conference can be directed to our Conference Coordinator, Carolyn Wright, at or (716)645-2363 x111, fax (716)645-2975.

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