Since its inception in 2007, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education, or CASE, has been developing four programs of study — Plant Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Technology and Systems, and Natural Resources — by creating courses that are providing students with interconnected, rigorous learning experiences.
At the same time, the CASE system of long-term teacher professional development and support has changed the way many agriculture teachers are approaching their classes and programs. This year, CASE is rolling out a third piece to their holistic approach to agricultural education – an online component that includes an assessment system and the ability for students to individually access all the material within a course electronically.
CASE Online provides three components to help teachers use more technology in their implementation of CASE courses:
- Unlimited student access to online curriculum materials for the course in which they are enrolled
- A bank of test questions teachers can use to create online quizzes and exams
- Student access to their course’s end-of-course assessment
With many schools moving to an environment where each student has his or her own computer or tablet, being able to access the CASE curriculum online becomes a real benefit in the classroom. In addition to the various assessments already built into the curriculum, teachers can use the open database of questions included in CASE Online to develop any type of summative assessment, such as a mid-term or quarter exam. End-of-Course exam questions are coded for cross-curricula subject matter, such as Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Mathematics alignment, allowing administrators to make comparisons between the achievement of students who are enrolled in CASE courses and others. Eventually enough data will be collected through end-of-course assessments to give a data-based, big-picture analysis of the positive impact of CASE.
“Being able to look at the data from CASE courses is essential for program growth at the local and state levels,” said Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director. “Teachers and state leaders can identify difficult areas and can work towards enhancing that portion of their curriculum for better student understanding. It’s a huge part of reflection and professional growth as an educator.”
The expected release date for all certified CASE teachers to have access to CASE Online is September 1. Student accounts are expected to cost approximately $10.00 per student, per course, depending on the number of students enrolled. State and regional block pricing will be available to reduce per-student account costs further.
“We are looking forward to what CASE Online has in store for current and future agriculture teachers. We will continue to grow and meet teacher needs with the online system, just as we did when CASE first started out,” added Jansen.
For more information about CASE and CASE Online, please visit: www.case4learning.org.