Choosing a Type of Collaboration
When establishing new case collaborations, it is important to ensure that the chosen form of collaboration takes into account:
- Everyday work
- The main task
- A good match with content and subject knowledge in the course/among the students
Structure of the Collaboration
The figure below provides an overview of some often used case collaboration models. The list is not exhaustive, but can hopefully serve as inspiration for future collaborations between courses and case providers.
From left to right:
Collaboration with a course – no visits to the case provider; the case provider visits the course
The case provider participates in one lesson/lecture, where the case is presented and the students may ask questions. Subsequently, the students work on the case without being in contact with practice. Finally, the case provider once again participates in a lesson/lecture, where the students present their solution.
Collaboration with one or more courses – no visit to the case provider
This collaboration form is relevant if the case provider wishes to collaborate with more than one course at a time to shed light on a case from different professional angles. The case provider formulates a case that frames the collaboration. In addition, the case provider makes data in the form of reports, video footage, interviews or similar available. The case provider can make it a priority to receive written solutions from the students or to participate in a lesson/lecture, where the solutions are presented.
Collaboration with a few groups or bachelor/master’s thesis groups – several visits to practice
The case provider participates in one lesson/lecture, pitching the case. Then the case provider coordinates with the students how and when they can visit practice. The students often visit practice on several occasions, testing and qualifying their work. In this model, the students often present the result in practice. This form of collaboration presupposes a high degree of involvement from both parties.
Collaboration with several group or an entire course – few, short visits by each group
The case provider participates in a lesson/lecture, where the case is presented, or the students receive the case in writing and subsequently work on it alone. Groups of students may pay the case provider one or two short visits. The case provider often participates in a lesson/lecture, where the solutions are presented.
Intensive collaboration with bachelor or master’s thesis students
The case is formulated by the students and practice together. The students spend a lot of time in practice and submit a larger report as a solution to the case.