Learning in Action – Cold Cases
While flying back from my fabulous French holiday, I read something that piqued my interest. (My entertainment system was broken. I had 7 hours to fill and I’m kind of a nervous flyer, so need to keep busy, hence this blog post).
A university professor is using actual cold cases as practical training activities for students in his class The Serial Killer in Media and Popular Culture. How cool is that? It’s like taking a case study approach and instead of keeping it in the theoretical sphere, they apply their learning to a real world need. I imagine that cold cases (despite being rich fodder for tv series) are resource-intensive for police forces, and this seems like a win-win to me.
Plus, the potential for “reverse mentoring” also exists, as the students can put a fresh perspective/technique into a case, that maybe a seasoned detective hasn’t been exposed to yet. This review includes an interesting reference to using Google Maps to aid in their investigation and ends with this fabulous quote:
“I’ve never been in a course where something we are doing is potentially going to be beneficial in the end,”