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? Are there any frameworks that can be used for scripting? Is scripting for instructor-led training (ILT) different from scripting for an E-Learning module or a video tutorial? Scripting an Instructional Unit is an online course on instructional writing, which will provide you with answers to all these questions. The course will also address how to apply the following frameworks to develop scripts/storyboards: Gagne’s Events of Instruction, Kolb’s Experiential Model and Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction.


Who should take this course?

Content Developers, Instructional Designers  and Trainers


Course Name Scripting an Instructional Unit
Skill Addressed
  • Simple storyboards for online learning
  • Storyboards with case studies, scenarios and stories
  • Storyboards for video tutorials
  • Session Plan & Slide Deck for ILTs
Duration Learning Seat Time Р4 hours;  Course Access Р15 days
Target Audience Instructional Designers; Trainers; Content Developers
Online Assessment Yes
Assignment / Project 2 Assignments: Storyboard for Video Tutorial & Scenario-based Storyboard (Available only as part of Level 1 certification)


How is this course designed?

Course Reviews


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  1. Review for the course scripting an instructional unit


    This course will introduce you to the different types of scripting frameworks and will give you an idea of effective usage of specific framework while developing course materials

  2. Review for the course scripting an instructional unit


    This course is extremely useful for the beginners who wish to start their career as an instructional designer

  3. Interesting bit of Information


    Informative and interesting flow of information. Something new and useful for a fresher in ID.

  4. Good


    The course has both theoritical as well as practical aspects, which makes it easy to understand the difference between various theories.

  5. Easy to understand and helpful


    I have done part one and two and found it helpful and insightful. Helps in fulfilling knowledge gaps and clarifies ID concepts.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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