A case study is an in-depth and detailed story that showcases the “how” – how a connected learning solution is identified and delivered and/or how the solution works in the student’s or programme’s context. Case studies involve tangible measurements of results (such as learning outcomes reached) as part of a program/course evaluation or a research study with the goal of producing reliable evidence.
A story is a more comprehensive account of an individual’s or organisation’s experience. It is, in fact, a story that is usually written in article form. It contains details of the project/learning experience, direct quotes from participants in the learning experience, and paints a clear picture of the learning experience – from start to finish. It covers the problem, solution and results.
A testimonial is a short story told from either the first person or as part of an interview which expresses an individual’s or an organisation’s view regarding an experience (e.g. digital learning).Testimonials are shorter than case studies or stories and generally reflect the personal experience and endorsement of their engagement. For the purpose of the Digital Playbook, testimonials can be a powerful accompaniment to case studies.