Case studies are often accompanied by teaching manuals or notes, which outline the basic premise of the case study, how it can be used within a course, learning objectives, assignment questions, a typical class discussion flow, and key takeaways. Teaching notes will often provide board plans, informational slides, exercises, and updates or epilogues to the case study. Faculty authors may also provide supplemental materials, such as “what happened next” cases, role play instructions and exercises, videos, or suggested readings. For more information or to obtain up to date copies of teaching notes, contact The Case Studies program at 617-495-8689 or HLSCasestudies@law.harvard.edu.
A case study discussion typically requires at least one class session to fully implement. Some multi-part cases or multi-player role plays will require more time. Problem solving workshop cases, for example, often employ four-day teaching plans.