Students analyse a case (problem/article/news item/video) that connects to the learning material.
  • Individual
  • Pairs
  • Small groups (3-10)
  • 10-30 minutes
  • 30-60 minutes
  • >60 minutes
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Creative Thinking
  • Discussion
  • Apply

When to use it?

  • When you want to translate theory into practice.

Activity instructions


  • Choose a case that connects to the learning material.
  • Choose the type of assignment that you connect to the case. Do the students need to come up with solutions for the case, search for the cause of the problem, create an overview with pros and cons, describe the different perspectives within the case, or something else?

Activity steps

  1. Introduce
    Introduce the case to the students.
  2. Make groups
    Divide the students into pairs or small groups (or let them work individually).
  3. Analyse
    Let the students analyse the case, based on your assignment.
  4. Discuss
    Let the students present their analysis or discuss the results in a plenary session.

Tips for implementation & variation

  • Online teaching: The subgroups can work in breakout rooms.
  • Instead of choosing the case yourself, you can let students come up with a case and pitch their ideas.
  • As a teacher, you can walk around the classroom (offline) or you can visit the separate breakout rooms (online) to hear what the students are talking about and help them if necessary.

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