Bridging Research and Education through the Case Method

David Effa, Steve Lambert, Eihab Abdel-Rahman
2015 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)  
Research is the foundation of modernhigher education and the motivation behind the majorityof work done by university faculty. Research results are amajor metric used to rank universities worldwide. It is amajor contributor to University reputation. There is agrowing trend to focus on research, with little time left foreducational improvements and little or no synergybetween the two. Bridging the gap between research andeducation can enhance student experience by exposingthem to applications
more » ... ch require fundamentalknowledge. Currently at the undergraduate level, thereare limited pedagogical tools employed to address thisopportunity. Case methods can create synergy betweenresearch and education. Engineering cases sourced frompostgraduate research are a teaching tool that can beused to help undergraduate students understand andappreciate the complexity of engineering research andgain insight into fundamental concepts. In this paper, acase-based framework to integrate academic researchand teaching is explored. Detailed descriptions of thecase method approach, case development, and theviability and reproducibility of these strategies arepresented.
doi:10.24908/pceea.v0i0.5766 fatcat:vlqpzrlx2ndmnkym6fzvb5clri