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Utilizing Distance Learning and the Case Study Method To Enhance Instruction between Two Universities

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Mid-South Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


This paper describes an alternative instructional concept--a distance learning/cohort teaching/cohort student grouping--that used the Internet to deliver instruction. Twenty graduate students at two universities, Southern Illinois University and the University of Southern Mississippi, subscribed to a listserv and worked cooperatively on a case study problem in which an experienced teacher applying for a position as a high school principal in an expanding school district is asked to develop a first-year plan to demonstrate his or her qualifications for the new job. Outcomes expected from this learning experience included: the opportunity to work collegially even though separated by a significant distance; learning to function as a single entity and to identify the information necessary to address and reach a solution; awareness of the commonality of administrative problems and issues; choosing to form a cohort network for professional career support; and evolving into a community of life-long learners. It was concluded that for such a method of instruction to be effective, courses must have clearly stated outcome expectations, the case studies must be viable and relevant, and there must be reliable technological resources. (CH)


Borsa, J., Klotz, J. & Uzat, R. (1998). Utilizing Distance Learning and the Case Study Method To Enhance Instruction between Two Universities. Presented at Mid-South Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1998. Retrieved February 29, 2020 from .

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