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NSSE Staff Workshop

Investigative Case Based Learning (ICBL) is one teaching strategy that can be used to support these key 21st Century Competencies described below by the Ministry of Education:

  • Civic Literacy, Global Awareness & Cross-cultural Skills

“Our society is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan and more Singaporeans live and

work abroad. Our young will therefore need a broader worldview, and the ability to

work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, with different ideas and

perspectives. At the same time, they should be informed about national issues, take

pride in being Singaporean and contribute actively to the community.”

  • Critical and Inventive Thinking

“To be future-ready, our young need to be able to think critically, assess options and

make sound decisions. They should have a desire to learn, explore and be prepared

to think out of the box. They should not be afraid to make mistakes and face

challenges that may at first appear daunting.”

  • Information and Communication Skills

“With the Internet Revolution, information is often literally just a click away. It is

important that our young know what questions to ask, how to sieve information and

extract that which is relevant and useful. At the same time, they need to be

discerning so that they can shield themselves from harm, while adopting ethical

practices in cyberspace. Importantly, they should be able to communicate their

ideas clearly and effectively.”

Monday      1 August 2011
Time Topic Resources
9-9:30 Overview of WeekIntroduction to the workshop websiteIntroductions
9:30-10:15 ICBL methodsCase: Real or Replica Case analysis Case Analysis Sheet (Know/Need to Know Chart)

Faculty Group Responses:

10:30-11:30 Investigating the caseCase Materials:

  • Videos
  • Evidence packets
  • Micrographs
  • Molecular sequences
  • Laboratory equipment for analysis of fabrics
Group Links to Evidence

  • Investigations
  • Groups: Informal Reporting of Evidence Based Conclusions

Faculty Groups:



11:30-12 Wrap up of the dayAssignment

  • Review the “Components of an ICBL module” and see how it maps on to the case used today.
  • Generate an idea for a case for a specific course you teach
21st Century Competencies

Components of a Case Module

SERC paper

Afternoon13:30 – 15:30 You will be signing up for a specific time for us to meet with your group on Tuesday afternoon. Plan on 30-45 minutes per group regarding ICBL ideas for your courses, specific information about tools and resources, pedagogy Brainstorming on cases for groups.
Tuesday      2 August 2011
Time Topic Resources
9-10:15 Implementing ICBL in the Singapore Context

  • Singapore case ideas and potential resources

Case: Choices

Illustration use of ICBL in courses

Singapore Cases:

SEC Carbon Calculator for Household website

FlexibleUseICBL pdf

10-30-11:30 Case Writing/ Case ReviewingGroups:

  • Draft a case
  • Exchange case drafts with another group to find out what the other group thinks the case is about
Case Writing guidelines
11:30-11:45 Looking ahead to the module development and final product for presentation. NSSE Poster instructions

11:45-12 Wrap up of the dayAssignment:

  • Develop preliminary ideas for investigations, student products.
Afternoon Case Review consultations.Consultations by group, on draft cases and the objectives for the case.
Wednesday    3 August 2011
Time Topic Resources
9 – 10:15 Mini case: Global Carbon EmissionsTools:Visualizing Data


Case Analysis Sheet

Gapminder Sheet

Worldmapper Sheet

10:30 – 11 Explore simulations and critique onePhET simulations PhET SimulationsBiology

Chem Collective

Physics Simulation Library

Math Models/Simulations

Consumer Science:

Simulation Evaluation

Notes for Salt Bridge Group:

11-11:45 Assessing Learning

Case Based Learning Rubric

Collaboration Rubric

Assessment Handout

Checklist for Inquiry

Brainstorming Sheet on Student Products

11:45-12 Wrap up of dayAssignment

  • Develop ideas for assessments
  • Collect information for the electronic poster
  • Work with group on case

Afternoon NIE PresentationICBL and Cyberlearning for 21st Century LearnersTheory, practice and evidence across multiple disciplines
Consultation time after

Thursday    4 August 2011
Time Topic Resources
9-10 Please try: Chia Fresca

Building Power Point PostersIncorporating Wordle website


10-14:00 Work time for groups to complete module plans and prepare postersMargaret and Ethel will be available to assist with questions, simulations, etc. Please email your poster to:

Break:  take as needed
  • 13:00-15:30
Group presentation of posters

  • Each group gets 8 minutes to present
  • With 4 minutes for questions



Summary of Evaluation:

Faculty Groups Posters:

Friday      5 August 2011
Time Topic
9-12 Margaret and Ethel consult with other NIE faculty and staff
Afternoon Consultation times for NSSE staff

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