In addition, FSU developed three storylines, each told by a typical high school student, to accompany the CDMT narrative.
FSU researchers hope that students will be able to relate to at least one of the guides as they use the CDMT. There are plans to create a fourth story and character that instructors could customize to fit the particular situation in which they are teaching.
DTI incorporated the guides' stories into the CDMT with screen icons that lead to pop-up windows where Marcus, Maria or Robert tell their story at each step.
As all steps are available onscreen, repeat users can skip this section and move to wherever they want to be in the CDMT.
To reinforce key information in the CDMT, FSU developed activities to accompany the decision-cycle steps.
A key feature of the CDMT is that it complements information and resources available through the ACRN network.
Counselors, teachers or others who use the CDMT as an instructional tool can tie it to their state CIDS to increase its relevance and usefulness for students (the "Tools by State" link in the CDMT reference menu has links to online ACRN resources in every state).