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Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL)

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This text module focuses on the use of narrative cases as a way to initiate student-centered investigation. Cases are descriptions of richly complex, realistic situations and the people, organisms, and systems involved in those situations.

In the first version of this module, three cases in multiple parts are presented in Kingdoms Entangled: Molecules, Maize, and Malaria. The cases all share a central event that organizes the action, namely a blight of corn caused by a fungus. Its main characters are two graduate biology students studying corn genetics and ecology.

The current version expands on implementation and assessment issues as well as the role of resources in case development.

Over 60 faculty developed investigative cases can be found at: