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Transforming Case-Method Teaching for Online Platforms

Co-authored by: S. Bryn Austin and Holly Gooding


Professional schools have long been leaders in developing teaching cases covering a vast array of topics, from business to policy to medicine to law. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has embraced the case-method teaching model and launched an online library of its collection of public health-focused teaching cases to make them accessible to faculty locally and globally.  Most of these teaching cases are designed for traditional, in-person classroom implementation, but learners and working public health professionals need greater access to curricula designed for online delivery. So how do we take the traditional case-method, designed based on the principles of student-centered active learning, to the online space?

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Creating new models for academic publishing – a job to be done?

I traveled to my first Harvard Macy Institute leadership course in 2004 as a pathology course director from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM), a small, community-based medical school located in the heart of rural Appalachia. It was at this time that my life pivoted, redirecting to a mindset that saw opportunities instead of obstacles and dreams bigger than myself.

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Calling all Content Crackerjacks and Pedagogical Pros!

In my previous blog, I introduced you to the HMS course, “Essentials of the Profession” that integrates social medicine with medical ethics, clinical epidemiology and population health and health policy into a required one-month intensive course for first year students and another one-month required course to be taken sometime during years 3 and 4.  We face a number of dilemmas in the teaching and learning of social medicine; I will highlight three of the most salient ones here.

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5 Suggestions for Social Medic...

5 Suggestions for Social Medicine:1. Instead of bringing the community to the classroom, make the community the social medicine cl... Read More
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Thank you Dr Chin-Hong for your thoughtful response and suggestions. With the launch of the new curriculum in 2015, we will work o... Read More
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How Leading Innovations impacted my work in post-licensure nursing education

I am one of those people who believe that there are no coincidences. I had the good fortune of sitting beside Liz Armstrong on a flight from Utah to Boston. I had been dropping off a child at Brigham Young University and Liz was connecting in Salt Lake City. From my conversations with her, I learned about the Harvard Macy courses, which led me to attend Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education, taught by Liz and another dear acquaintance of mine, Clay Christenson.

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20th Anniversary Video Blog Series: A Community of Innovators, Faculty Reflections

Educating to Innovate in Healthcare:
Twenty Years of The Harvard Macy Institute

​The Harvard Macy Institute was unique in the continuing professional development field when it was created in 1994 as an inter-professional, international incubator for innovators in healthcare education. Over the past twenty years, the Institute has been an engine of change in education, creating innovation-inspiring communities including over 3,500 scholars representing more than 800 institutions across the globe, including over 170 institutions that sent five or more faculty. Today, alumni innovations are enhancing the care of patients worldwide.

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