Storyboard is the blueprint of any eLearning course. Instructional designers and course creators mostly intend to create a good storyboard for their courses but something or the other hinders them. At times, it is their inexperience which leads to the apprehension of laying out all their content properly into the storyboard, sometimes it is the fear of the storyboard not being interpreted correctly by their team members. At times, some of them feel that the storyboard might make their course too linear. Whatever be the stopping factor, storyboard is actually central to eLearning course development.
Laying out content easily and effectively into any storyboard requires the complete know-how of all course elements, course objective and even knowledge of some tools. Most people find getting started with their storyboard the most difficult part in the whole storyboarding process. They are stuck right at the onset. To answer all such apprehensions and queries related to storyboarding, Harbinger brings to you an exclusive session on ‘The Art of Storyboarding’.
The session will be conducted by Desiree Pinder – Executive Director/Founder – Artisan eLearning. Desiree is also a Thought Leader on Interactive Learning. Through the session, she will guide attendees through the key nuances of storyboarding like:
- Top mistakes people make when storyboarding and how to avoid them
- Tips on setting up the course canvas
- Tools that can be used for storyboard writing
This complementary webinar will take place on June 25th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST. You may register here to attend it.
In my previous blog – Storyboarding – A Primer and Current Perspective – I identified common barriers and challenges to storyboarding. Based on my experience, I believe that storyboarding is central to eLearning course development. For any course, a comprehensive storyboard set provides a clear and approvable plan to all those involved in its creation. A great storyboard set defines the desired learning experience, structures key content, and links each screen to learner needs and course outcomes.
So is there a standard template for storyboarding?
A e-learning storyboard broadly specifies the onscreen text, narration script, audio and visual elements, and navigation and interaction instructions. While there are many options that you may find online, there has yet to be a consensus about a standard template for a storyboard. However, a good storyboard should include the following information per screen (or interactivity, depending on the level of detail):
- A numbering scheme for the storyboard set (that helps you understand sequences and branching paradigms
- A representation of the screen itself (sometimes a sketch)
- On-screen text
- Audio narrative
- Explanation of interactives, transitions, etc
- Branching and navigation guidance
- Learning outcomes addressed or contributed to by the screen
Click here to access a sample storyboard template, which includes these elements.
You can pull all/specific sections from this template to suit your needs. Happy storyboarding!
With career stints in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Todd Kasenberg, Principal of Guiding Star Communications and Consulting, brings years of experience and expertise in group processes, adult learning, online learning and marketing communications to his clients. Todd first dipped his toes into the e-learning pond in 2005, and since has used some of the best available e-learning composing tools, including Raptivity, to delight a number of clients in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Todd’s work has reached and delighted thousands of online learners, in both formal and informal learning contexts. He is an often invited speaker and workshop facilitator, loves to talk apps, mobile learning, and job aids, and is a software entrepreneur. Know more about Todd at http://raptivity.com/toddkasenberg.html