Master Educator Series: Introduction to Case-Based Learning and Teaching 3.0

Author Bio:  Melissa Alexander is a medical educator with strong foundations in Emergency Medical Services. She became involved in EMS in 1982, working as a paramedic in both rural and urban prehospital settings, as well as working in both community hospital emergency departments and a Level I trauma center. Her passion for both

excellent patient care and the science behind it led her to complete a B.A. in Community Health Education from Purdue University while working as a paramedic. She became an EMS educator in 1991 and subsequently completed a M.S. in Health Sciences Education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. in Human Resources Development, with a cognate in Adult Learning, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Alexander’s research interests include clinical reasoning processes and the psychometrics of assessment instruments.

Dr. Alexander has taught students at all levels of EMS in a variety of program settings and enjoys keeping in touch with the many students she has taught over the years. She has had faculty appointments in three academic EMS programs and served as the EMS Academy Director at the University of New Mexico. She is an EMS textbook author and contributor, and has designed and contributed to numerous test banks, and student and instructor educational programs and support materials. Different aspects of Dr. Alexander’s teaching have taken her from the U.S. Midwest to the East Coast, and the Desert Southwest, as well as to the Middle East, where she has consulted for many years with the Sultanate of Oman Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is faculty in the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Alexander serves there as the Director of Student Assessment in the Dean’s Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs.

Course Description:

Case-based learning—the use of stories that teach—offers a variety of benefits to learners. Cases appeal to the way adults are often motivated to learn. They facilitate both learning and the transfer of learning to the workplace by placing problems in a realistic context. This course will help you design and use cases to facilitate meaningful learning.  Each course will require 2-4 hours to complete.

Student Audience:

Emergency medical services (EMS) instructors who would like to introduce or improve the use of case-based learning in their courses comprise the target audience for this course. The course is helpful to instructors who would like to learn more about writing cases to achieve specific objectives and for those who would like to use cases to promote active learning in a traditional or flipped classroom.


  •   Justify the use of cases as a teaching method
  •   Use teaching cases effectively for individual, small group, and large group audiences
  •   Create a case that enhances efficacious teaching


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