Utilizing Multimedia Case Studies to Teach the Professional Side of Project Management

  • Cassandra C. Elrod, Ph.D.
  • Susan L. Murray, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Barry B. Flachsbart, Ph.D.
  • Karl E. Burgher, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Drew M. Foth
Keywords: engineering, technogy, project, projects, city, government, multimedia


This research was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of using a LITEE multimedia case study to teaching concepts in engineering courses. The LITEE Superstar case study was implemented in an engineering Project Management course. Numerous surveys regarding student expectations, outcomes, and attitudes were collected and results are presented herein. Overall, the study provided evidence that the students felt that the LITEE case study added value to the course via the different methods of teaching material, aided in the understanding of the project selection process, and ultimately helped them be successful in their course project which was conducted for a real rural Missouri city. The data was unable to be tracked on a per student basis; this yields areas for future research to track individual student improvement and attitudes. This research provides evidence that using multimedia case studies, such as the case studies published by LITEE, are effective and well received by engineering students in their coursework.