Short Stories – ID

Short stories that illustrate the reflection of instructional design theories and models.

Dreams and Nightmares – A Short Story about Success, Pride, and Fear

August 8, 2012
Dreams and Nightmares – A Short Story about Success, Pride, and Fear

Dreams and Nightmares – A Short Story about Success, Pride, and Fear   The sound of the footsteps echoed in the silence of the night. As Lisa hurriedly made her way across the society compound to reach her block of apartments, the sound began to fade. She wiped the beads of perspiration from her forehead and tried to control...

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A Preference for Indifference – A Short Story

April 17, 2012
A Preference for Indifference – A Short Story

  His bed was set against the window. The caretaker had laughed when he said that he liked to look outside his window the first thing in the morning. “You don’t know what’s outside that window or you won’t be so sure,” the grizzly old man had said in a voice that shook with age, and with mirth. Vineet...

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ID Fiction – Octavian’s Fury – A Short Story

December 24, 2011
ID Fiction – Octavian’s Fury – A Short Story

Never had such fury seized him in the past. He was sure that his eyes must be blood-shot for everything in front of him had taken up a reddish hue, and it was entirely that oaf Antony’s fault. How could he ever…ever think of attacking Gaius Octavius Caesar – Caesar’s rightful heir? He looked around for something that he...

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ID Fiction – A story from Mahabharat retold – Ashwathama Hatah – Nara va Kunjarah?

December 1, 2011
ID Fiction – A story from Mahabharat retold – Ashwathama Hatah – Nara va Kunjarah?

Yudhishthara stood on his chariot shooting arrows that found their targets almost effortlessly, yet his thoughts were elsewhere. It isn’t the right thing to do, he told himself once again. After all, not everyone who had decided to fight on the side of the Kauravas was evil. Guru Dronacharya, who taught both Pandavas and Kauravas with equal love and...

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ID Fiction: The Flame of Life – A Verbal Snapshot.

September 30, 2011
ID Fiction: The Flame of Life – A Verbal Snapshot.

The Flame of Life Afternoons were meant for naps. The draftsmen, the officers, the H.O.D., even the department’s dog took a nap after lunch. If an outsider came visiting at this hour, he’d find the rooms darkened and the silence eerie. Every new recruit found the practice funny, but in a few days he would fall in line. It...

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Flash Fiction – Obedience Nightmares and Roleplay Realities

August 20, 2011
Flash Fiction – Obedience Nightmares and Roleplay Realities

Why Jason Changed? “It’s not real,” the man holding the sack over the prisoner’s head whispered to his companion who had the knife pressed to the prisoner’s throat. “I know, John,” said his companion in a steady voice, “but if it doesn’t look real, we don’t get paid.” It was difficult to read the expression of John, whose face...

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A Short Story – Dushyant & Shakuntala – Why Love kills Logic?

July 26, 2011
A Short Story – Dushyant & Shakuntala – Why Love kills Logic?

Shakuntala absently rotated the ring that Dushyant had given to her with his undying promise of love. She couldn’t think of a reason why Dushyant won’t keep his promise, unless of course, he didn’t really care for her. She tried to recall every little thing that he had said while he was with her, and every little gesture that...

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Flash Fiction – Coffeebeans’ Dilemma – A Micro-story about the Challenges of Behaviorism

June 4, 2011
Flash Fiction – Coffeebeans’ Dilemma – A Micro-story about the Challenges of Behaviorism

Why won’t she learn, wondered Coffeebeans. I must’ve gone wrong somewhere. She sat down to think some more. Froth, the woman who had adopted her, appeared to be nice. She cared for her. She fed her the best food, and got her the best accessories, yet she failed to understand the basics. Coffeebeans had tried Classical Conditioning and then...

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An Instructional Analysis of the Short Story, “When Life Comes a Full Circle.”

June 1, 2011
An Instructional Analysis of the Short Story, “When Life Comes a Full Circle.”

Adult Learning Principles and Keller’s ARCS Model of Learner Motivation Before you begin, read the Short Story “When Life Comes a Full Circle”. Adult Learning Principles The three adult learning principles (Please refer Knowles’ Andragogy) that shine bright in the story are: Immediate Need, Application Orientation, and Collaborative Learning. Vicky experienced an immediate need to learn about the historical...

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