Case Study Instructions
As part of your teaching semester in EPIC, you will create a case study that shares an aspect of or lens on your course with others in the program.
PURPOSE: Our purpose is to give you an opportunity for reflection even as you’re deep into teaching, and for others to see and support you in your approaches to online learning. Also, we know that design is a continuous process — how you respond and adjust during course delivery is as important as the design decisions you made months ago. This is your opportunity to talk and get feedback on the stuff you didn’t design for, or that surprised or confounded you anyway!
CREATE: Create a case study and share it in the form of a digital artifact — a video, slideshow, gallery, digital story, etc. — that can be reviewed asynchronously by your colleagues. Below are guidelines for what you create:
- You must offer some kind of focus — this is not just a tour of your course, but explores a particular aspect, innovation, sticking point, moment in time, etc. For example, you may choose to create a case study out of your use of rubrics for discussion, or out of addressing sensitive topics in the online space.
- You must pose at least 2 questions/conundrums for discussion. For example: Are there other ways of keeping students “on track” in my class besides hard deadlines? What changes could I make to my course to keep students who are over-achieving engaged? I feel like all I do is respond. How do you anchor/center yourself as a teacher in an online course?
- You must include visual elements — screenshots/cast of the course are great. Engaging other visuals are ALSO great.
- Case studies are most engaging when they are narrative. Tell us a story! What did you expect? What happened / is happening? What’s worked? What’s unresolved (cliffhanger!)?
REVISE + SHARE:
1. Sign up for a case study week in this google doc. Note that the due date is one week before you’ll present your case study.
2. Use this form to submit your case study to the design team by your deadline.
3. A designer will email you with feedback and suggestions for revision within a few days.
4. Share your case study in the #case-studies channel in our EPIC Slack team. Throughout the week, you will be responsible for responding to colleagues in Slack. This discussion should help generate strategies for you as you work through your case in real-time. Regardless, you’ll want to pay attention and even keep a record of discussion, as you may want to factor it into Part 2 of this project.
The EPIC program is a commitment, and the course you build and teach is something to showcase. At the end of your teaching semester, we ask that you revise and repurpose your case study to create a “Showcase Open Course” to share on eCampus’s iTeachU resource site (see examples on iTeachU). You will follow the conventions of the other courses listed by offering a guiding question/focus, a summary of the course in-action, and (if your course is open) a link to the course itself. EPIC courses included in the showcase will include two additional elements:
1. A revised or expanded version of the artifact you created in Part 1 — revisions need not be drastic, but should reflect any changes or responses that followed the initial case study.
2. A brief video clip of you talking about your course. You need not create this yourself — at the end of the semester you will be paired up with a colleague to do an on-screen interview with one another in eCampus’s media studio. We’ll edit the interview and help you select a clip to include in your showcase.