About Case Based Learning

cbl.rit.edu is a repository for Case Based Learning materials developed at, or in collaboration with, the MAGIC Center and METAL Lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology.



Case Based Learning, and variations like Problem Based Learning, utilize an educational approach based on the notion that realistic and real-world cases provide an excellent context for learning.


CBL is widely used for teaching in Law, Medicine, Information Technology, Psychology, and other fields where problem solving and understanding the human component is important.


Here in the METAL Lab at RIT we have developed the web-based tools for creating and using online Case Based Learning materials. Chief among these is the Molly web development framework.


This site and the Molly web development framework used to build the cases were developed by Ronald P. Vullo, Ph.D. of the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies and METAL Lab. Dr. Vullo has extensive experience in the areas of web development, information sciences, education,


as well as medical informatics, dental informatics and educational applications development. His Molly web framework has been used in the development of electronic health record prototypes, mobile web apps, distance learning tools, online communities, virtual reality environments, and myriad other web applications and services.


Christopher A. Egert, Ph.D. of the School of Interactive Games and Media has partnered with Dr. Vullo to extend Molly’s architecture in support of the case studies. He works with students involved in the project to address technical considerations as well as the overall method of extending Molly’s abilities. He is also involved with assembling the web content, developing interaction strategies,

and enhancing the cases to include multiple stakeholders and perspectives. He also supervises some of the videography tasks and works with Dr. Vullo in the creation of chromakey footage and other media content. Dr. Egert has been a contributor to the Molly project and has supervised students involved in the development and use of Molly for over 15 years.