ONE OF OUR MAJOR AREAS of focus is training science faculty in the case method of teaching. We do this through a number of activities, including an annual summer workshop and fall conference. These are attended by undergraduate, graduate, and high school teachers from all areas of science and technology, including anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physics, psychology, science education, and more.
Our five-day summer workshop teaches science faculty how to teach with as well as how to write case studies. The first three days provide an overview of the case study method followed by a series of demonstrations in which workshop faculty model a variety of case teaching methods, including the discussion method, interrupted case method, intimate debate, and team learning. The last two days, workshop participants teach a case study they have researched and written during the week to undergraduate students we hire to act as constructive critics.
Our two-day fall conference covers much of the same material as our summer workshop but in a more condensed format and without the practice teaching sessions. In addition, it includes a second track for more advanced case method teachers, with sessions aimed at helping them to further develop and refine their case teaching skills. In recent years, we have added a third track specifically designed for high school science teachers. The conference also features plenary talks and a poster session.
Our training videos are intended for those of you who cannot attend our summer workshop or fall conference or who simply want to share what you have learned at one of these events with colleagues back home. The videos show real students in real classrooms using cases – in a discussion-based class in one video, and in the context of team learning in the other.
We are pleased to be able to offer for sale the printed edition of Start With a Story: The Case Method of Teaching College Science, a comprehensive resource and tool for learning how to implement the case teaching method in your own STEM classroom.
Registration is now closed for the May 2018 workshop. if you would like to be placed on a wait list in case an opening occurs, please contact Carolyn Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 21 - 25, 2018
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Description: Our five-day summer workshop focuses on training science faculty to teach with case studies, to write their own cases, and to assess their students’ learning with cases. The first three days of the workshop focus on learning the case study method, with demonstrations and time to prepare cases of your own. 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.
Dates: May 21 - 25, 2018
Location: North Campus, University at Buffalo (see campus maps and directions).
Registration Fee Covers: All workshop sessions, materials, computer access, and meals as follows: lunch Monday-Friday; dinners Monday-Thursday; and light morning refreshments during the workshop. Also included are a copy of the book Start with A Story:The Case Study Method of Teaching College Science and a one-year subscription to our case study collection answer keys and teaching notes.
Registration Form: Registration has closed for the May 2018 workshop.
Travel and Accommodations: You are responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel and accommodations. We have arranged for a limited number of rooms for a special price for a limited time at the closest hotels to the university. Please see details below.
Red Roof PLUS+ University at Buffalo - Amherst, 42 Flint Road, Amherst, NY. For reservations, please call 1-800-733-7663; they are open 7 days a week, 6 AM to 3 AM. Ask for a room under the Block Code B104UBCASE. Rooms are non-smoking, kings and doubles, with rates from $59.49 to $101.99, depending on the night of the week, and will be available until Friday, April. 20, 2018.
Buffalo Marriott Niagara,1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY, 716-689-6900. Room block under name "UB Case Study." Rooms are non-smoking, standard (one king or two double), for TBD / night and will be available until TBD.
Comfort Inn University, 1 Flint Road, Amherst, NY, 716-688-0811. Room block under name "UB Case Study." Rooms are non-smoking, standard (one king or two double), for $92.00 / night and will be available until Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Or book online at https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/EC8BQ3
Getting to Campus: From the hotels listed above it is a short 10-minute walk to the campus shuttle. The shuttle schedule will be supplied near the time of the workshop. Total time to walk from these hotels to the workshop location in Clemens Hall is about 25 minutes.
Other hotels, see: http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/stay/
Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellation requests must be in writing and must be received by us no later than Monday, April 23, 2018. A $100 processing fee will apply to ALL registration cancellations. Please send cancellation requests to Carolyn Wright’s attention via email (email@example.com) or fax (716-645-2975). No refunds will be given after Monday, April 23, 2018. There will be no refunds for individuals who register for the workshop but do not attend.
Intended Audience: The workshop is open to anyone interested in science education, including high school teachers and international teachers. Past workshops have included instructors of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, mathematics, geology, geography, psychology, anthropology, nursing, dentistry, medicine, engineering, science education, and other related disciplines.
Workshop Director: Dr. Clyde (Kipp) Herreid is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. 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 is the Director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.
If you have questions, please contact:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science