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Instructional Design Resources

Conceptualizing Your Case Scenario

The key to creating an engaging e-learning scenario is to develop a good story and framework. Here are some resources to help you get started. 

Instructional Resource



Three Steps to Building Branching Scenarios

Tom Kuhlmann explains a simple 3C model for building interactive
branching scenarios consisting of Challenge, Choices, and

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How to Write a Good Case Scenario

Explanation of case scenarios and some good tips
and examples on how to write them


How To Save the World with E-Learning Scenarios

Silly but informative annotated slide show on how to create interactive scenarios.

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E-Learning Example: Branching Scenario

This overview of how to create branching scenarios provides a link
to an excellent example scenario.  Be sure to "give it a spin."


Story Planning

A. Answer questions below to define basic elements of the scenario and summarize the events and decision. Example answers are italicized.

  1. What is this case about? (i.e. what is the theme?) 
  2. What learning goals are being addressed?
  3. What role does the learner take on? Write a brief description of the protagonists' perspective (gender, age, personality, etc.)
  4. What is the protagonist's goal? What obstacles stand in the way?
  5. Who are the other characters in this story? (What differing perspectives do they represent?)
  6. *For each question, ask yourself: How is this supporting the learning goals?

B. Summarize your story in three parts. Include at least one decision point in each part:

  1. Beginning (introduce the setting, main character, goal, and obstacle) 
  2. Middle (make the protagonist's likelihood of accomplishing the goal seem increasingly unlikely)
  3. End (resolution - the protagonist reaches, or falls short of the goal)

Storyboarding a Case Scenario

A storyboard is essentially a sketch that helps you plan early, before getting involved with a production tool. Below are some resources to create effective storyboards:

Storyboard Type



Branching Flow

A global view of main events and decisions that link to one another. Boxes and arrows.

CSCR projects often incorporate minimal branching. A team of 4-6 members is recommended for intensive, "path-based" branching.

Screen Storyboard

Displays what will appear on the screen per "slide".  Lists often accompany the visuals, regarding text, graphic, or audio needs.

Building a Critical Reader

Professor Jan Miernowski's videos provide technical and pedagogical tips for creating Critical Readers.

Watch them here.

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