Case studies or scenarios allow an instructor to create immersive learning environments in which students are assigned a specific role and a set of complex, real-world challenges where decisions are difficult and sometimes there is no clear right or wrong answer. The goal of scenario-based or situated learning is to simulate a realistic process, problem, or narrative and show the consequences of different decisions. Instead of simply telling students the best way to complete a task or how to respond to a situation, students can independently explore the story of the scenario and make choices throughout, allowing them to practice and apply skills in a risk-free environment.
Case study/scenario examples:
- Connect with Haji Kamal
An interactive branching scenario created by Cathy Moore and Kinection. “You are a US Army sergeant in Afghanistan. Can you help a young lieutenant overcome cultural differences and make a good impression on a Pashtun leader?”
- The Refugee Challenge
An example of a high production-quality “interactive film” scenario, created by The Guardian newspaper’s interactive team. “As EU governments have made it harder to seek refuge in Europe, the flow of refugees fleeing the world’s most desperate conflicts is increasing. We invite you to make the choices real refugees have to make and find out what it’s really like to look for safety in Fortress Europe.”
- Outbreak in Bangladesh
Created by the University of Wisconsin, Madison using the Case Scenario/Critical Reader Builder tool. This scenario features a variety of media, as well as downloadable documents providing students background information to review.
An “interactive film” created for the UK Resuscitation Council – “Lifesaver is a crisis simulator that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way on a computer, smartphone or tablet.”
- Broken Co-worker
A scenario about workplace harassment, created by Anna Sabramowicz and Ryan Martin. This features live-action video scenes as the story unfolds.
Interactive study guides can augment material covered in lectures or course readings by adding video, audio, links to additional information, or embedded quizzes to existing course content. Students can explore deeper explanations of content at their own pace.
Study guide examples:
- French Renaissance Literature “Critical Reader”
From the University of Wisconsin, Madison