Reminder: Working with Images and Videos

Before developing any case study content related to images and/or videos, please see Active Learning Image Guide and/or Guidelines for Selecting YouTube and Vimeo Videos. Record these resources in the relevant image log and/or video log, and submit the log(s) to your project editor.

Writing Outlines

Before writing a case study activity, consider sketching an outline or overview of its components. Having an outline to reference will help you organize and complete the case study. An outline could be as simple as the following:

Outline for Case Study

Case study concept: Review three counselors’ recommendations for treating a patient in a therapy session.

    1. Read about the patient
      1. Review counselor 1’s proposed therapy approach
      2. Review counselor 2’s proposed therapy approach
      3. Review counselor 3’s proposed therapy approach
    2. Read about how the patient might respond to each of these approaches.

Writing and Formatting Case Studies

Since case studies are more intricate activities to develop, we recommend using our case study template to construct them. Save a new version of the template for each activity you create.

If you prefer to develop a case study without using the provided template, be sure to develop it in a Word document. Clearly identify the following in your Word file:

  • Initial situation or prompt
  • Remaining case components
  • Where students should “go” after reviewing each case component (e.g., return to initial prompt, arrive at Outcome X)
    • Note: Our default presentation of case studies is a relatively linear format; if you have any questions, please check with your project editor.

Save your case study or studies and submit them to your project editor along with your other Active Learning files.


The following resources provide further information about constructing case studies and scenarios.