ERIC Number: ED474084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Teaching with Online Case Studies: Implementation and Evaluation Issues.
Vinaja, Robert; Raisinghani, Mahesh S.
The case study is one of the most widely used tools in many disciplines including Information Management. At the same time the new Internet revolution has promoted online distance learning courses as never before. Many online courses are also incorporating the benefits of case studies into their course content. Case studies are now available online and case discussions can be conducted using asynchronous and synchronous online discussion tools. The online case study, or cybercase is an innovative pedagogical tool, however, more research is needed in regards to the issues surrounding the implementation of online case studies. The main objective of this paper is to analyze the use of online discussion methods for case study discussion. It discusses background issues regarding online cases, and the method for conducting an online case discussion. In particular, it investigates the idea that online case studies can be powerful learning tools in a distance learning environment. This study compares and contrasts traditional case discussions versus online case discussions. Some of the important questions explored in the present research are: What is the type of discussion that takes place in each setting? What is the level of discussion participation in an online case analysis? Is the quality of the discussions in online cases comparable to traditional discussions? What are the major similarities and differences in interaction and learning between an online case study discussion and traditional case discussion? and What is the most adequate instructor's role in the online case discussion environment? Includes six tables: case versions and dimensions; Bloom's Taxonomy; questions types in each category; question categories in each case version; mean rating for items; and mean ratings for key descriptions of case study. (Contains 43 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Online Systems, Research Methodology, Teaching Methods
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management (IAIM) Annual Conference: International Conference on Informatics Education & Research (ICIER)(16th, New Orleans, LA, December 14-16, 2001); see IR 058 630.