With Gala’s tools for authors, anyone can create a media-rich, immersive teaching case to communicate a complex sustainability topic. You can embed media resources, facilitate discussion in a forum, and administer pre-/post-tests to assess how well your case is working. Publishing a case on Gala can be the perfect way to bring more attention to issues you care about, inside and beyond the classroom.
All you need to do to get started is sign in to Gala and click the “Create a Case” button in the toolbar. Once you’re authoring some cases, they will be listed here. For now, click the big green “New Case” button to create one.
Introduce your case in its overview
Your new case is blank, but on the Overview page you’ll see placeholders where you can enter the details of your case. Here are some tips to consider when writing your case’s overview.
Kicker and question
The kicker and the question work together as a your case’s title. The kicker should, in two or three words, hint at what the case is about. It will sometimes stand alone to identify your case, so make it clear and memorable. The question presents the primary decision point of your case, and frames it for your readers. Here’s an example of a good kicker/question pair:
A Radioactive Decision
Should DTE Energy build a new nuclear reactor in Michigan?
When choosing a cover image, make sure to you have the legal right to use that photograph. If you took it yourself, perfect. Otherwise, make sure it was released with a license that allows reuse, like Creative Commons. If you need help finding an image, try searching on Unsplash, Pixabay, or even Google Images with the “usage rights” search tool set to “labelled for non-commercial reuse.”
Keep in mind that your kicker, question, and author names will be displayed on top of this image. Make sure that the text remains easy to read on top of the image.
Case location map
Choose the location that your case takes place by dragging the map until the pin is in the right position.
Change the zoom level to include just the right amount of context: what is the extent of the area affected by your case’s topic?
Once you like the look of the map, lock it in by clicking
Add pages and write your narrative
The narrative of a case on Gala is divided into pages. Since these are digital pages, we’re not limited to 8 ½ʺ × 11ʺ. Make your pages as long or short as you need. Think of them in the same way as chapters of a book or sections of a research paper.
Each page is also subdivided into cards. When you add a page by clicking the button in the sidebar, it comes with a single blank card. A good rule of thumb is to add a new card for every new paragraph, but sometimes two short paragraphs that are closely related should go on the same card.
Cases are academic works; it is important to cite your sources. To add a citation, place your cursor after the fact you want to cite, and click the “Add Citation” button in the card’s toolbar. A small circle will be added to the text: this is the citation marker. Click the citation marker, and add the text and optional URL of the work you’re citing.