2. Case owners’ involvement

To enable the implementation of real-life learning in your course, as the course coordinator, it is essential to identify suitable case owners and real-life cases that align with your learning outcomes. Various approaches can be taken, and the table below presents some possibilities:

Who How Advantages Disadvantages Key Consideration
Students Students independently search and contact case owners and real-life cases
Enables students to engage with the real world;
Enhances their involvement
The identified case owners and real-life cases may not align well with the course requirements
Requires significant time investment for students. Is there sufficient time available within the course? And is it aligned with the learning outcomes?
Course Coordinator Course Coordinator actively seeks case owners and real-life cases
Ensures a good fit between case owners, real-life cases, and the course requirements
Requires substantial effort and time to identify and inform suitable case owners and cases
Contact (potential) case owners in a timely manner and maintain communication throughout the year

Course coordinator makes use of the network of SBE and selects suitable case owner(s) and real-life case(s)
Does not necessitate building and maintaining a personal network for the course.
Availability of recruited case owners and real-life cases relies on the network of SBE
Availability of recruited case owners and real-life cases relies on the network of SBE
Society Based Education (SBE) SBE recruits case owners, translates their inquiries into suitable student projects, and informs the case owners based on your requirements and needs
At the beginning of the course, you have case owners and real-life cases that align with the course and learning goals
Recruited case owners and real-life cases solely depend on the SBE network
Having an initial meeting with the recruited case owners before the course commences is advisable

It is crucial that case owners demonstrate commitment and openness towards the academic contributions of the students. To ensure alignment and mutual understanding, the following aspects should be discussed and agreed upon:

  • Desired project specifications (scope, topic, type of result)
  • Costs and time commitment expected from the case owner
  • Role of the case owner in the learning process (i.e., being case owner only or also assessing the learning process of the students)
  • Confidentiality and ownership considerations
  • Expectations of the case owner regarding student learning process and outcomes
  • Openness to different outcomes

Possibility that the selected case may change or not be chosen by you or the students.

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