Storyboarding is an important part of the planning process – it is a diagarm, if you will, of how the course will look. Essentailly it is a step by step plan of what each slide is going to look like – design, navigation, content, visuals, etc. Think of it as a blueprint for your e-learning course.
Here are some easy to follow tips for you to use when you are creating your storyboard.
Planning your Storybaord
I’m sure that you know what exactly it is that you want to do, but it is always good to put it on paper, to map it out. This will ensure that nothing has been forgotten and it also gives others a chance to see what your vision is. In this step you want to do the following:
1. Introduce key players – who are the people involved, making this vision come to life. Most times, but not always, there are different people for different roles. You might have one person writing the content, then another to design it, etc. Getting everyone on one list will make it easy to know who to go to when there is a question.
2. Identify what applications will be used for this specific course (and make sure your team knows how to use them!).
3. Discuss with your client if there are any requirements that need to be added to the course, for example a specific exercise or quizzing portion.
4. Make sure to ask them if the course needs to be designed in a specific authoring app, this is VERY important. It would be awful to spend all of that time and effort into creating something to then find out you weren’t using the right tool. We like to use Stoyline but there are a bunch of different ones out there.
Building your Storyboard
Now that you have everything planned out, the real fun can begin – starting to create your storyboard! This is the time to be creative and experiment with new ideas. But remember, you aren’t creating your course here, its an outline of what it is you want to do. Here are some easy steps for you to follow to start building your storyboard.
1. No need to start entirely from scratch! If there is a template you are used to using, go for it! If not, search what free templates are available and pick one you think would work best. Need ideas? Reach out to your e-learning community and see what suggestions they have.
2. Keep things simple. This can be a bit tricky because you want to make sure you have all of the information there, but at the same time you don’t want it to be overwhelming. The level of detail that you include on your storyboard depends on who you are building this for. If its to show a designer then the more the better, if it is to show your client try to keep things simpler for them.
3. Create a road map for your team. This will help them to understand where the learners will land with every decision point.
4. Use reference labels on your storyboard slides (like page numbers). This will help if you decide to move things around.
Using your Storyboard
Your storyboard is a living tool that you will continuously be looking at throughout the course design development. You will circulate your storyboard to the rest of the team to review. This way you can ensure that everyone is on the same page and knows the direction of the course. Once your team and the client has had the chance to review your storyboard, it is important to sit down with them to discuss any changes that need to be made, or even provide clarification.
Once your storyboard is complete, you are good to go to start on the design process!