How To Develop Case Based Tasks and Scenarios

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Author (s): Janet MacDonald

Case studies and scenarios have been used in a variety of different formats in medical education as ways to assist learning.  Problem Based Learning is now a common mode of delivery for many undergraduate programmes, whilst others use Case Based Learning.  Both approaches rely heavily on the use of case studies, triggers and scenarios as methods to support and develop student reasoning, problem solving and decision making skills.  Case studies can be derived from real life settings, while scenarios, although similar, are often oritentated towards developing communication and interpersonal team skills.

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