• Case-Based Learning

    Posted on September 15th, 2019 sbbaron No comments

    One of my most valuable classes I’ve taken here at Virginia Tech was a Human Resources course in my first year of my masters program in Public Administration. This course was mostly case based learning, both individual assignments and a large group assignment. As we went through the course and learned new topics and theories we were asked to apply those to different scenarios that one would encounter if they were working in a Human Resources (HR) department. The professor would assign the readings at the beginning of the week, and we would discuss the concepts in class. Then the following week we would have a case study analysis due which would be about 4-5 pages analyzing how we would handle the situation or problem presented to us.

    At the end of the course we had a large group project with 4-5 members in each group. This is when we had realized that each assignment we had done was similar to a component of the group project. As a group we chose a real organization to evaluate and create a job posting and description for it. We used real organizations and their resources to choose and create these positions and descriptions. This assignment and the assignments before it were useful because they were real world scenarios that either had been encountered, or could be encountered in a real HR department. Not only was it interesting to have real world scenarios and assignments that prepared us for a group project, it was practical and made us feel that our work was actually important.


    (Simmons, n.d.)

    I found that case studies and real world examples were much more interesting than hypothetical scenarios or only theory based learning. Creating a final project at the end of the semester that cold be used by the organization if they wanted also made us feel that our work could be more useful than just to get a grade or pass a class. I would definitely incorporate the ideas of making individual working building into a group project, along with creating work that could actually be usable by an organization.




    Simmons, E. (n.d.). Problem-based learning and the case method. Retrieved from https://www.thecasecentre.org/educators/casemethod/resources/features/PBL&


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