Purnima Valiathan

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Scripting an Instructional Unit

  • Is instructional writing the same as creative writing? Or is it a set of clear and direct instructions, disseminated in a simple way?
  • Is there any framework that can be used for scripting?
  • Does the medium impact the writing style – in other words is scripting for a textbook different from scripting for an E-Learning module? Or is scripting for material that will be displayed as a static web page different from scripting for video-based tutorials?

Scripting an Instructional Unit is an online course on instructional writing and it will provide you with answers to all these questions. This course will help you learn how to script for e-learning courses and videos.

Who should take this course?

  • Content Developers with 0-4 years of experience.
  • Instructional Designers with 0 – 4 years of experience.
  • Trainers/Subject Matter Experts who want to improve their content writing skills.

How is this course designed?

This course is designed as follows:

  • Episode 1: How is the development of learning material different from creative writing?
  • Episode 2: Frameworks for Scripting: Gagne, Kolb and Merrill
  • Episode 3: Creative Instruction: Stories, Scenarios and Case Studies
  • Episode 4: Video Script-Writing
  • Episode 5: Exhibits – Video Script, Traditional Online Learning Script
  • Episode 6: Course-end Assessment (Includes an online assessment and a scripting assignment)

Course Name Scripting an Instructional Unit
Skill Addressed Storyboarding for varied scenarios and delivery formats
(Learning Time)
15 days
Target Audience ID Professionals; Trainers; Subject Matter Experts
Online Assessment Yes
Assignment / Project 2 Assignments

Storyboard for Video Tutorial
Scenario-based Storyboard

Course Reviews


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  1. Putting Theory to Practice


    The course ‘Scripting an Instructional Unit’ does pretty much the same as Gagne’s event ‘Enhancing retention and transfer’. Purnima and team ensured that all our learnings (of theories and concepts) are put to test through detailed assessments and assignments. The course builds on the scripting abilities of the learner and gives an insight into how the same content could be delivered in a number of ways. Well done!

  2. Objectives met


    By the time you finish this course, you can actually look at any part of a lesson, topic or module and correctly tell, which events of Gagne’s events of instruction or which step of Kolb’s cycle it aps to. I think that’s what is called objectives met successfully, both for the creators of the course as well as the learners. And this is no mean feat. Thank you Purnima and Ruchi.

  3. Insightful Course


    The course is really insightful. It provides practical guidelines to be learnt for scripting. It acts like a mock test before the actual assignment. Really great course.

  4. 5

    As stated in the teaser, instructional writing is not the SAME as creative writing. Purnima has explained this simply and clearly in this training. She has explained the role of creative writing in developing instructional material through a niche skill: writing for video-based training.
    This training is highly recommended for all instructional designers, as it ties theories with examples for each instructional unit delivered. The Exhibits are my favorite!

  •  3,000.00
  • 4 weeks, 2 days
  • Course Certificate

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We are a small team of passionate people with 30+ years of combined experience in instructional design, training, technology and media. Our mission is to enable every kind of knowledge giver in the society to discover the power of Instructional Design, so that they may serve content, just right.


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