The Efficacy of Case Method Teaching in an Online Asynchronous Learning Environment

The Efficacy of Case Method Teaching in an Online Asynchronous Learning Environment

Charlie C. Chen (Appalachian State University, USA), Rong-An Shang (Sochow University, Taiwan) and Albert Harris (Appalachian State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2006040106


Case method teaching is a method of instruction that can improve the cognitive learning process. This method is used extensively in face-to-face classes. However, when it is applied to a distance education class in an online asynchronous environment, learning outcomes may differ. This article reports on a study that compares the use of case method teaching in face-to-face and online asynchronous environments. Four hypotheses on student performance were proposed. Correlation analysis supported all of the hypotheses. Other interesting findings regarding online learning also were reported as a result of the data analysis. Overall, an online asynchronous environment can promote students’ participation in certain cases; however, cognitive learning gains do not seem to be as high as in the face-to-face environment. With distance education becoming more prevalent, this is a rich area for future research.

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