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January 2017

News & Updates

In-Country Visit Dates

We have now made arrangements for two members of the PLC team to visit each partner university.  Please be in contact with one of the PLC team members in order to customize the visit to meet your needs. 

The following dates have been selected, and these are the team members visiting each location:
South Africa- February 20 to 24, 2017; Dr. Judy Levings and Courtney Clawson
Uganda- February 27 to March 3, 2017; Dr. Mike Retallick and Dr. Judy Levings
Ghana- March 6 to 10, 2017; Dr. Greg Miller and Dr. Judy Levings

The purpose of the visit is to assist you with the integration of the PBEA e-Modules in your teaching and, as appropriate, your teaching practices.  Consider us consultants.  We have sketched out a generic schedule of our visits, but events and times can be rearranged to meet individual needs.

The following is a condensed version of the proposed schedule:

Day 1 & 2:  Understand the coursework, environment, student/teacher dynamics, and instructional approaches through observation.

Day 3:  Provide seminars, workshops, or other forms of professional development.

Day 4 and 5:  Provide individual consultations and make observations for needs assessments.  Wrap up and plan for the future.

The full version of this schedule can be found on the PLC website at this link:


You Wanted to Know...

What makes a good case study?

At the IMCDA Joint Partners Meeting in Ghana, it was clear that many team members wanted to know more about effectively using case studies in the classroom.  The following information outlines what case studies are best used for.

There are a variety of goals that the use of case studies can meet.  Case studies allow students to apply what they are learning to complex, real-world problems (Stanford University, 1994).  Students experience a wide variety of issues that are made concrete through the use of case studies.  These are the same issues they will likely face as they enter the workforce.  Students will also gain important teamwork skills as they work together to identify possible solutions for each case.  While it is clear that case studies are beneficial learning tools, it can often be difficult to choose a “good” case study.

For information on what makes a good case study visit the
PLC website at:

What is a flipped classroom?

This video from the University of Texas Faculty Innovation Center outlines the difference between the traditional classroom and the flipped classroom and the benefits students may experience from flipping portions of your course.

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