Making Learning Real with Problem-Based Case Learning


Making Learning Real, a production of WGBH Educational Foundation, is hosted by the SC ATE National Resource Center for Expanding Excellence in Technician Education.

For Innovation In Teaching and Learning

Principal Investigator

Jim Johnson, Ed.D.

Senior Project Leader

Ruth M. Loring, Ph.D.

Project Planning Consultant

David McNeel

Featured Instructors

Beverly Bradley

After receiving a degree in music and working in the music industry, Beverly Bradley held staff and administrative positions in higher education while studying to become a computer programmer. Then, while working in information technology, Beverly discovered that she enjoyed training her coworkers. In 1999, Beverly transferred her training skills to an academic environment when she began teaching for the Computer Information Systems department at Nashville State Technical Community College.

John Magill

John Magill started teaching just after receiving his master's degree in agricultural education. Several years later, however, after working as a high school teacher and county extension agent for the Iowa State Extension Service, he returned to his family's farm, where he worked for the next 20 years. While farming, John began creating websites for local retail businesses. This led him to start teaching information technology courses at Iowa Western Community College in 1997.

Dale Rogers

After receiving a degree in mechanical drafting and design, Dale Rogers worked as a corporate trainer for users of 3-D computer-aided drafting and design software applications. He transitioned to a broader software applications training role and then became a program coordinator and web master in higher education. Dale began teaching for the Department of Visual Communications at Nashville State Community College (NSCC) in 2005 and obtained his master's degree in education (e-learning technology and design) in 2006. He is now the program coordinator for NSCC's Multimedia Design program.

Jack Wallace

A licensed architect for much of his career, Jack Wallace had little teaching experience until he joined the faculty of Nashville State Community College (NSCC) in 2008. He's currently the coordinator of the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program at NSCC and teaches several architectural engineering technology courses.


Keith A. Morneau, Ed.D.
Erika Volker

Production Credits


Ann Peck

Video Editor

Michael Traub

Content Developers

Ruth Loring
David Pinzer

Interactive Designer

Lisa Rosenthal

Interactive Developers

Daniel Hart
Alan Kwan


Lisa Cerqueira

Production Manager

Marisa Nopakun


Tim Mitchell
TJ Freeman
Robin Hirsh
Mark Hoffman
Marcus Lackey
Richard Robbins


Sean Green
Steve Gottlieb
Jeff Grimes
Mark Hoffman
James Lindsey
Mike Loftis
Bill Shapard

Production Assistance

April Kantz
Nick Rowley
Jayne Sportelli


Jeff Loeb

Unit Manager

Polly Searles

Office Coordinator

Emily Bright

Business Manager

Maria Constantinides

WGBH Research Department

Marisa Castrini
Philip Landry

Community Colleges Featured

Nashville State Technical Community College
Iowa Western Community College

Special Thanks

Bryan Evans, NSCC
Fenna Haynes, New England Board of Higher Education
Charles Mays, NSCC
Brenda Harriford, NSCC
Milford Scott, Robert S. Biscan & Company
International Center of the Heartland, Omaha
Kiewit Building Group, Omaha
LIFE Center, University of Washington

Co-Executive Producers

Arthur R. Smith
Amy Tonkonogy