Case method for public policy: Connecting teaching and research
A workshop for academic leaders in policy schools
This workshop, hosted by the Oxford Case Centre on Public Leadership, is for faculty at schools of government, leadership, and public policy worldwide looking to use cases to bring their research into the classroom and to develop the skills of case method teaching, particularly for our new online and hybrid learning environments. The workshop will run over two half-days and participants can join either online or, travel permitting, in-person for a hybrid experience.
We have established Covid-secure classrooms for hybrid learning, and in-person teaching will be run in accordance with UK government safety guidelines. As our Master of Public Policy (MPP) students attest, our hybrid teaching model actively engages and supports both in-person and online participants for a dynamic learning experience. This video will provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at our online and hybrid teaching capabilities, which will also be discussed at the workshop.
The workshop will include practical tips for case method teaching, as well as broader strategic discussions about using the case method to connect cutting-edge faculty research to teaching, especially in schools of government, leadership, and public policy.
To develop and strengthen the skills of case method teaching, participants will see a case taught; examine the teaching methods used; and take part in case-teaching practicums to trial the methods for themselves.
To further explore how cases can be adapted for public leadership education, participants will learn more about developing cases for the public policy curriculum; look at how cases can be used to connect research and teaching in public policy; and consider how schools can establish their own case-writing programmes.
Since 2017, the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government has been adapting the case method to the unique needs of public policy education. Our team at the Case Centre on Public Leadership was recognised with the 2019 Outstanding Case Writer award by the international Case Centre organisation – the independent home of the case method. We use our cases to bring cutting-edge faculty scholarship into the classroom, thus marrying disciplinary research and policy teaching. With a mission to advance public service worldwide, the Blavatnik School is keen to share this powerful strategy with other schools of government and public policy.
To accommodate both online and in-person participants, sessions will run in the afternoons on 21 & 22 June, beginning at 2pm UK time. In-person attendees will be able to enjoy a dinner featuring a keynote speaker on the first day, and optional recreational activities will be available in the morning on the second day. Online-learners will also have opportunities to network with other participants.
The fee for attending in person is £1,095. This includes the costs of tuition, learning materials, accommodation and meals for the programme. The fee for attending online is £795. This includes tuition and learning materials. All workshop participants will be granted three years of access to authorised Blavatnik School cases for their use in the classroom.
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