Workshop Symposia

Using Real-life Cases and Consequences of Response to Enhance Participants’ E-learning Experience (W021)

Laura Purcell (McMaster University); Scott Halperin (Dalhousie University); Lisa Fleet (Memorial University) Robert Glynn (Memorial University); Cupido Daniels (Dalhousie University); M. Kathy O’Brien (Dalhousie University); Fran Kirby (Memorial University)


The purpose of this workshop will be to examine use of an innovative instructional design method in e-learning (branching). This method enables participants to review case-based content via real-life scenarios to which they must respond. A series of self-directed decisions lead to an appropriate (or inappropriate) patient health outcome. This is followed by tutorials of didactic content related to each case.


Participants will be provided with an overview of the use of branching in the course Bugs, Drugs, and Shots. Participant evaluation data related to the program will also be presented. Large and/ or small group activity (depending on number of participants).

Expected Outcomes for Participants

Participants will: learn about how to design cases using the branching method; identify the advantages and challenges of using this instructional design method; and discuss why using case-based real-life scenarios in e-learning is important for evaluation outcomes.


One innovative instructional design method being used for e-learning is branching. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about this method, how to design cases for it, and why it is important for evaluation outcomes.

Funding Sources

Wyeth (original CD); IWK Health Centre, Halifax (online course development).