Case-based learning in practice

This Monday was the kick-off of the course ‘Heritage and Fashion’, which is part of the curricula of several master programmes at ESHCC.

Teaching with case-studies is an emerging theme in the innovation projects of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). Supported by the School’s Learning & Innovation team and the Community for Learning and Innovation (CLI), teaching staff of all three departments took the initiative to investigate the potential and value of case-based teaching and learning within their programmes.

Kick-off lecture
Within the Heritage & Fashion course, project lead Dr. Mariangela Lavanga is piloting case-based learning with a focus on fashion. Instead solving an existing case-study, students will learn through the case-study methodology by developing and writing their own case-study material.

The kick-off took place at the Erasmus Studio & Lab with lectures by ESHCC-staff as well as international guest lecturer Marco Rendina from the European Fashion Heritage Association. Carla Gatt from RSM’s Case Development Centre provided the students with a comprehensive introduction to case-writing.

“For me it is truly an innovative approach which means that you can use it not only in academia but also in practice and business practice.”

About case-based teaching and learning
Case-based learning is an authentic learning approach that can be taken into consideration to develop learning activities that enable students to apply knowledge to real cases, to gain a better understanding of their skills, and develop employability skills. It provides students with an opportunity to see theory in practice and allows the development of analytic, communicative and collaborative skills along with the content knowledge they acquire.

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“Students can also use this for their thesis and later in their career. That is why it is an addition to the course.”