Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - CSCR Alternative Tools (UW-Madison)

This document outlines alternative tools to the Case Scenario Critical Reader (CSCR) tool at UW-Madison.

    Campus leadership and subject matter experts have conducted an extensive review of the CSCR replacement recommendation. After careful consideration of pedagogical and support needs, functionality, sustainability and affordability, we have decided to provide the following options, which we believe best meet the needs of campus, faculty and instructors, at this time.

    Basic CSCR Activities

    Faculty and instructors are able to create or recreate modules with the following tools:

    The Learn@UW-Madison team is continuing to research and evaluate different content authoring tools, which may replace these currently recommended tools in the future. For this and other reasons, we recommend authoring basic course content in Canvas whenever possible.

    CSCR Activities with Advanced Reporting

    For CSCR activities with advanced reporting capabilities, we recommend that faculty and instructors use Canvas with Storyline (for Case Scenarios) and Pressbooks (for Critical Readers). Both of these tools require integrations to be set up by Learn@UW-Madison for learner activity data to be recorded and accessed. 

    Adobe Captivate was also initially tested, but Learn@UW-Madison's pilot study revealed concerns around accessibility and accessing learning analytic data. Therefore, Adobe Captivate is not currently recommended as a replacement for advanced reporting capabilities.

    1. Case Scenarios

    For faculty and instructors who wish to create or recreate Case Scenario modules using Storyline:

    2. Critical Readers

    For faculty and instructors who wish to create or recreate Critical Reader modules using Pressbooks:

    We recognize these options are complex and will require a collaborative effort from campus, schools/colleges, and departments to support our faculty and instructors. We also recognize that these solutions may evolve over time with further refinement and the potential for new, emerging tools in a rapidly evolving space. We are committed to providing the best possible options to meet the needs of our campus. Please refer to the table below for more information regarding each tool.

    CSCR Alternative Tools Chart

    Recommended Tools Considerations


    • May be a good option for creating or recreating case scenarios or critical readers.
    • Would require restructuring your content
    • Supported by campus
    • No additional cost
    • Stable, recommended solution for basic content


    Articulate Storyline 

    • An option for recreating critical readers, but is better suited for recreating case scenarios
    • Articulate 360 licenses need to be purchased by departments as of May 10, 2019.
    • Support for Storyline is provided directly by Articulate and is covered as part of the license. 
    • School, college, and department instructional technologists will be responsible for providing any additional end-user support beyond the documentation and online training provided by DoIT AT. 
    • School, college, or departmental instructional technologists can get Storyline support by contacting the DoIT Help Desk and requesting a consultation with Learn@UW-Madison staff.
    • To get started with Storyline see Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - Using interactive Storyline modules with WordPress/GrassBlade, Learning Locker, and Canvas

    Adobe Captivate

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