About the Case Stories
Digital stories for faculty development can provide real-life experiences of exemplary teaching strategies and the process of implementing them. These digital case stories can be used freely in faculty development programs and also accessed by individual instructors.
The case stories available here were created by EnACT~PTD (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, P333A-080027) in partnership with the MERLOT ELIXR program. From 2006-2010, the MERLOT ELIXR Initiative was funded by FIPSE (The Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education) with generous support from the California State University, Chancellor's Office, Academic Technology Services, as well as active involvement from over 30 higher education institutions across the U.S. and beyond.
Faculty Developer Tips
- Cases can be previewed prior to a workshop.
- Facilitator can show a case story to demonstrate a point and/or lead into an exercise. More detailed ideas can be found in the First Day of Class link.
- Facilitator can have participants get into groups and have each group review a case story and respond to questions. Cases can serve as examples of a pedagogical approach during a consultation.
- Links to cases can be provided in workshop materials as a suggested resource.
- Cases can be used prior to a consultation with a faculty member for preview, during a consultation to demonstrate a strategy in action and share the resource, or after a consultation for review.
- New faculty can be sent links to key case stories to prepare them for New Faculty Orientation.
- Cases can be sent to faculty as orientation for new ventures. For example, an orientation to a Faculty Learning Community could begin by pointing faculty to the case story from Sonoma State University (Ayala, 2007) on this topic.
- Cases can be integrated into an online workshop.