Using Meaningful Contextual Variation to Enhance Understanding and Promote Learning Transfer

Case-Based Learning (CBL) Tutor, Large Group Teaching, Small Group Teaching

Contextual variation is when learners are exposed to the same concept in two different contexts. When building in contextual variation the concept remains the same but the context is changed, making the original concept more salient to the learner. In order to introduce variation on the concepts learned in the Case-based learning (CBL), we have been creating “what if” questions/scenarios.

This primer has been designed for curriculum developers and CBL tutors to provide guidance around how to design and how to teach using "what if" scenario questions.

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