Reminder: Working with Images and Videos

Before developing any scenario 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 scenario, consider sketching an outline or overview of its components and/or pathways. Having an outline to reference will help you organize and complete the scenario. An outline could be as simple as the following:

Outline for Scenario

Scenario concept: Determine how to counsel a patient in a therapy session.

    1. Read about the patient
      1. [Pathway 1] Decide to use intervention type 1
        1. Use intervention tactic A
          1. Review patient outcome (good)
        2. Use intervention tactic B
          1. Review patient outcome (fair)
      2. [Pathway 2] Decide to use intervention type 2
        1. Use intervention tactic C
          1. Review patient outcome (good)
        2. Use intervention tactic A
          1. This tactic is more suitable for intervention type 1. [Go back to beginning of Pathway 2]
        3. Use intervention tactic D
          1. Patient outcome (good) [Same content as 2.C]

Writing and Formatting Scenarios

Since scenarios are more intricate activities to develop, we recommend using our scenario template to construct them. Make a new version of the template for each activity you create.

If you prefer to develop a scenario 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 steps or decision points
  • Where students should “go” at each step or decision point (e.g., return to initial prompt, arrive at Outcome X)

Save your scenario(s) 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.