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The Case Creator download file (case-pc.zip for the pc, case-mac.sit or case-mac.zip for the mac) contains two main executable programs, 'CreateCase' and 'RunCase', and one folder called 'case'.  These programs are actually just starter programs that launch their respective files 'cc.dxr' and 'rc.dxr' in the 'case' folder. (See comments below about renaming files)

The instructor uses the file 'CreateCase' to create and modify the content of a specific case study.  The file RunCase' is used by the student when the case creation is complete.

There is a third file in the 'case' folder, 'import.cst'.  This file is where information specific to your case is stored and updated.

There is also a folder 'temp' in the ‘case’ folder where two videos are stored that are needed as placeholders for a blank case.

For a case to be created and run properly, all of the above files must be present.  For a completed case to run properly all of these files except 'CreateCase' and 'cc.dxr' will be required.

You may rename 'CreateCase' and 'RunCase' to whatever name you like.  For example, you might prefer to rename ‘CreateCase.exe’ to ‘Instructor’s Case Creation Tool’, or you might prefer to rename 'RunCase' to 'Click Here to Begin' before you burn it onto a CD.

To summarize: the case-pc.zip and case-mac.sit/zip files contain ‘CreateCase’, ‘RunCase’, and a ‘case’ folder.  This ‘case’ folder contains ‘cc.dxr’ and ‘rc.dxr’ and a ‘temp’ folder.  This ‘temp’ folder contains two files, ‘temp.mov’ and ‘temp-sm.mov’.  These files comprise the framework of a single case.  Extract these zip or sit files into a folder and duplicate this folder for each new case you create.

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Using ‘CreateCase’ to Create a Case

To begin a new case, simply launch 'CreateCase.exe'. You should see the following screen below.

Case Intro Screen

You will be asked to enter a title, the author's name, and a description before proceeding. Once you have entered these, click "Proceed to Case Manager...". When you click this, your case will be "flagged" as no longer being a new case, so that when you exit the Case Creator after partially completing your case, the next time you launch it to continue creating your case you will automatically skip this intro screen and proceed directly to the Case Manager.

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Select "Case Manager" for an overview of the status of all components of the case creation process. You should see the screen in the image below.

Case Manager Screen

The Case Manager allows you to modify your title, name, and description, as well as allowing you to check which components of your case creation process have been completed.

To modify your title, name, or description, simply type your changes and click "Update Title and Overview".

When you have completed the various components of the case creation process, each check box corresponding to that component should become checked automatically. You may also use the "Go" buttons in the Case Manager as a navigation option to jump directly to that particular case component.

Important - Please Note

When you quit the "Create Case" application, your case changes are saved automatically, but you may also periodically save the changes you have made to your case by clicking the "Save Case" button in the Case Manager.

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Select ‘Import Videos’ to import up to five QuickTime movies into the case.

Choose "Import Videos" from the Menu in the upper right. You should see the screen in the image below.

Import Videos Screen

To import videos, click the "Import" button on the left, and a file browser dialog box should open. Navigate to your video, select it and choose "Open". The path to the video should appear in the "File Path" text box. Enter a description of the video in the "Brief Description" text box. This description will appear in the final case when the user moves the cursor over the colored bar in the timeline corresponding to that particular video (i.e. Video 1 - red, Video 2 - orange, etc.) To eliminate a particular video from the case, click the "Reset" button corresponding to that video, or click "Reset All" in the lower right to reset all videos to null. When you have imported all of your videos, click "Set Timeline" in the lower left to adjust the length of the colored bars to match the relative lengths of each video. Then click "Return to Case Manager", or select "Import Transcripts" to move to the next step in the case creation process.

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Select ‘Import Transcripts’ from the "Menu" in the upper right to import the corresponding transcriptions of the videos.You should see the screen in the image below.

Import Transcripts Screen

To import transcripts, select the "Import" button on the left. A file browser dialog box should open. Navigate to the transcript corresponding to the video segment of the same number, select it, and choose "Open". The transcript should load in the text box on the right, and the path to the transcript should appear in the "File Path" text box. To reset any transcript to empty, click "Reset", or click "Reset All" to reset all transcripts to empty at once.

Click "Return to Case Manager" or select "Sync Videos & Text" from the "Menu" to proceed to the next step.

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Select ‘Synchronize Videos with Transcripts’ to go through the process of synchronizing your videos with the accompanying text. You should see the screen in the image below.

Synchronize Screen

This screen contains three main windows. The left window contains step-by-step instructions for synchronizing your videos and transcripts. The central window displays the video. The right window displays the corresponding transcript text. Below the left window are four clickable text buttons. The first, "Select Video", allows you to jump from one to another of the five video segments. The other three are for synchronization.

Follow the step-by-step instructions in the left window. When finished synchronizing for that video, click "Synchronization Complete for this Segment" to continue to the next video segment. When you have completed synchronizing all of your video segments, click "Return to Case Manager" or select "Create Issues Matrix" to proceed to the next step in your case creation process.

Alternatively, once you have synchronized your videos and text, you may test your videos by selecting ‘View Videos’ from the Menu in the upper right.

Play Videos Screen

This is not provided as a main option because it is technically not a necessary step in the instructor’s development process, but it has been found to be a useful option for checking the accuracy of your synchronization.

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Select ‘Create Issues Matrix’ to build a matrix of up to 30 different pedagogical issues that are pertinent to the case. You should see the screen below.

Issues Matrix Screen

The Issues Matrix screen contains three main regions. The upper left window contains step-by-step instructions for creation items in the matrix. The lower left region contains the video and buttons, and the right-most region contains the matrix itself.

Follow the instructions in the upper left window to create your Issues Matrix. Once you have completed all of your issue items, click "Return to Case Manager".

(Note: this feature is intended to be completed before the case is delivered to the student end user. This is in contrast to the Bookmarks feature which is a similar tool but intended for the student end user.)

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Select ‘Add Links’ to add up to five web hyperlinks to online resources. You should see the screen below.

Create Links Screen

To add your web hyperlinks, you may either type it directly into the "URL" text box, or you may open the specific web page in the browser of your choice and copy the url into the copy buffer or clipboard, then shuffle to your case and paste (Ctrl-V for Windows, Command-V for Mac) the url into the "URL" text box. Then type a description or title for this hyperlink into the "Link" text box. This description will become the clickable text that will appear in the final case used by your students.

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Select ‘Add Supplementary Text’ to past up to 10 pages of additional text pertinent to the case, such as homework assignments, inquiry-based projects, notes from a class discussion, etc.

Add Text Screen

To add supplementary text to your case, you may either type it directly into the text box or your may copy it from a word processor and click the paste button to the left of the page number to paste the text into the text box. You may then type the title of that particular page into the corresponding text box currently labelled "Enter Title for Page ...". To move to the next page to continue adding a new page of text, click the arrow next to the desired page.

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How to Set a Bookmark and Annotation

Bookmarks Screen

(Note: be sure to save your bookmarks before you quit if you are running the case from a CD. Unless you save your bookmarks to your computer, they will all be gone the next time you start the case.)

To set a bookmark:

1) cue the video to the desired location

2) click in the blank text box below the bookmark buttons and type your annotation

3) click one of the 8 Bookmark buttons next to "Set Start >" to set your start point (if you forget to type your text into the box, the system will beep and put text in the box alerting you to that fact. You simply need to type your text into the box and click the "Set Start >" bookmark button again)

4) play the video or cue the video to the desired ending location

5) click one of the 8 Bookmark buttons next to "Set End >" to set your end point.

To playback the segment, click the green bookmark tag below the Timeline.

To remove an individual bookmark, shift-click the "Set Start >" and "Set End >" Bookmark buttons, or click "Reset All" to reset all 8 bookmarks at once.

You may save your bookmarks as text files by clicking the "Save" button below the video.

You may open a bookmark file by clicking the "Open" button below the video. (Note that when you open a bookmark file, you may need to click the video button in the upper left to force them to appear)

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How to Search

Search Screen

Type any string of characters into the search box.

Click "Search" to begin the search.

The results will appear in the Results box in the lower left.

Click on the Page number in the results list to cue the video and transcript to the selected search result.

Shift-click "Search" to search by whole word only.

To stop the search, hit the period key, "."