The purpose of this Teaching Resource is not about teaching, it is about students learning. Until now the teaching process has provided a clear teacher-focused learning method, even though several times, in a non-structural way I have tried to introduce innovative teaching tools such as role play, etc. Using the Case Study Teaching method within the subject 'Project Writing and Management' the professor tries to avoid the traditional way of student learning which is accompanied with minimal engagement, but the professor wants to implement a student-focused innovative teaching method instead, where students are involved in a meaningful manner during the course, together with a regional stakeholder from the society field.
Expecially in a subject such as 'Project Writing and Management', student engagemnet in practical work is a must, as a way for them to comprehend the content of the subject and to learn how to link and implement such skills in real life examples.
The professor of the subject put in a lot of effort when selecting the case study that will be presented to students. The professor in such cases has a crucial role in selecting the appropriate case study as well as in the preparation of creative and thoughtful questions for students.
Firstly, the case study needs to be suitable and related to the students’ knowledge and capacity so that they demonstrate empathy with the case study. The case study will be a discussion-based learning among students, the professor and the stakeholder in topics selected from the syllabus and linked with real life examples. Topics of teaching classes will be illustrated through the project based case study. Exercises will be provided. In this way students have the opportunity to learn new values and aspects of real and complex life examples.
Secondly, the stakeholder who represents the case study must show readiness and be available to participate during the whole process, which includes explanations of the project, sharing of information and best practices and identification of challenges faced during the life span of the project. The stakeholder must agree to have students in the premises where the project takes place and demonstrate real examples of the project outcomes. The stakeholder should consider the topics of the syllabus and link its practical work with the requirements of the subject.
It is important to mention that the case study chosen must be linked to/focused on sustainable development. The selection of the case study is the responsibility of the lecturer. Moreover, a study visit is planned to take place at the premises of the stakeholder, where the project is being implemented. This is not obligatory, it depends on the availability of the stakeholder as well as the type of the project selected as the case study.
The project lasts 5 weeks.