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Providing Authenticity with Specific Examples

Pairing storytelling with tangible examples provides students with a framework that allows them to approach and interpret new ideas and concepts.



Butler University’s counseling course — Human Development Over The Lifespan — aimed to adopt this approach, with one caveat: it would not be ethically appropriate to share specific examples from the life of a real person.


This case study exemplifies Wiley’s work with faculty to give students the specific examples they crave while presenting them in an authentic, compelling form.

Professor Keller traditionally uses three distinct stories with his in-person students, each representing a different age group that aligns with the learning material. In course development, the goal was to ensure that students continue to benefit from these stories in an online learning environment.

Wiley's design team worked with Professor Keller to create a character named Mary, who embodied the big ideas of the course. Her character was designed to be versatile and flexible, so she could age appropriately and evolve to meet the needs of the course content while staying narratively consistent.

Mary’s story and engaging animations feel authentic due in part to Keller’s expertise and first-hand experience working children like Mary, and because Wiley’s talented team of artists, editors, and producers were able to bring her story to life.

This case study exemplifies Wiley’s work with faculty to give students the specific examples they crave while presenting them in an authentic, compelling form.

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