What is Case-Based Learning?
Case-based learning describes instructional methods in which an expert describes experiences or cases, to assist others to learn and reason in similar situations. This allows novices to transfer the cases into knowledge that can be recalled and utilized in flexible ways. Cases allow a learner to assign meaning and context to a situation, facilitating problem-solving in similar or new situations. The cases are essentially expert advice framed as a story.
Lynne Murphy, EdD, OTR/L
East Carolina University
Department of Occupational Therapy