How to Create a Storyboard for Your eLearning Course
Creating a storyboard for an eLearning course has several benefits, including:
Visualizing the Course: A storyboard provides a visual representation of the entire eLearning course, including the course structure, flow, and content. This helps the instructional designer, graphic designer, and other stakeholders to get a better understanding of the course content and its overall structure.
Ensuring Course Consistency: A storyboard helps to ensure that the course content is consistent across all modules and sections. It helps to identify any gaps or inconsistencies in the course material before development begins, thereby reducing the time and effort needed for revisions and modifications later.
Facilitating Collaboration: A storyboard facilitates collaboration between the instructional designer, graphic designer, and any stakeholders involved in the course development process. It allows them to share their ideas and suggestions for improving the course, and to work together to create something that is cohesive and effective.
At Cobblestone Consulting, we most often use the storyboard setup up below for our eLearning courses.
Storyboard Best Practices:
1. Define Learning Objectives
Clearly define the learning objectives for the lesson as this will help you stay focused and ensure that the content you create aligns with the desired outcomes. Be sure you use objectives that define what the learner will be able to do at the conclusion of the lesson.
2. Identify Key Content
Determine any necessary content that must be covered to achieve the learning objectives. This can include text, images, video, and interactive elements.
3. Organize Content
Organize the content in a logical sequence by creating a flowchart or an outline.
4. Define Interactivity
Determine the type and the level of interactivity that you want to include in the lesson. This can include activities, quizzes, and assessments.
In the example below, you can see the notes that explain exactly what the instructional designer visualizes happening on the screen.
5. Determine Visuals
Decide on the visuals that will be used to support the content. This can include images, charts, and graphs.
6. Write the Script
Write the script for the lesson, including any narration or dialogue that will be used.
7. Review and Revise
Review the storyboard to ensure that it aligns with the learning objectives and then make any necessary revisions.
8. Sharing and Feedback
Share the storyboard with others, such as subject matter experts (SMEs), instructional designers, or stakeholders to gather feedback.
By following these steps, you can create a comprehensive and effective storyboard for your eLearning lesson.
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