IIHS cases are open access, free to use materials for teaching and learning. The cases represent experiments in different forms of creating inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral cases, as well as a diversity of pedagogical environments to learn and teach with these cases both inside and outside formal institutions. Cases are, given their inter-disciplinarity, diverse and come in various forms, media, and with different pedagogical approaches underlying them.
How then does someone know how to use a case and which case to use? Each case comes with a Case Brief you can download before you download a full case. This Case Brief lays out what is in the case, and helps you see if it aligns with your interests. The Cases themselves are all structured the same way to make the format familiar and easy to use. Each case has three folders that come with your full download: Introduction, Main Case, and the Case Archive. Within these three folders, there are:
- Preface: Every case begins with an introduction by the case writer that describes her own approach to the case. How did the case writer frame the case? Why did they choose to structure it as they have? What were their intentions in writing the case?
- Teaching Note: The second shared case element is the Teaching Note. Here, the case writer lays out their imagination of how they would teach with the case in its current form. They suggest learning outcomes, pedagogical modes, learning environments and assessment frames. True to the diversity of the cases, each of these is particular to a case.
- The Main Case: This is the main body of the case: its core empirics, arguments, discourse and data. Across the cases, these come in different forms: powerpoint presentations, audio-visual material, web interfaces, written texts, data visualisations.
- Pedagogical Possibilities: The next element lays out the case writer’s suggestions on other ways in which the case could be taught, including in other disciplines or learning environments. These are not as detailed as the Teaching Note, but offer a set of possibilities to the user to imagine other uses of the case than those laid out.
- The Case Archive: The final element of the case is a library of documents– reports to interview transcripts, unedited footage to visual photo libraries — that act as an archive for the case. This repository allows users to also access a host of background and additional information necessary to navigate the larger contexts in which the case is situated.
Browse below to see the range of cases across urban themes of governance, economy, housing, environment, planning, among others. We hope you find these resources useful.