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Case studies and scenario-based assessments allow students to apply their theoretical knowledge to a real organisational issue.
They're powerful learning tools requiring learners to draw from their own experiences and skills to analyse and respond to a situation.
By using cased studies and scenarios, teachers aim to develop student reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills (Tunny, Papinczak & Young, 2010; Bloomfield & Magney, 2009).
They allow students to see how their learning can be applied in a real-world situation, without the real-world pressure and constraints.
Use case studies or scenarios to:
Case studies and scenarios are particularly useful where situations are complex and solutions are uncertain.
When using case studies or scenarios as assessment items, consider the following pointers: