How to make an awesome eLearning Storyboard

A good analogy is to think of a storyboard as the blueprint for your house. A storyboard is both a tool as well as an art. The storyboarding process offers the ability to see how all the screens will look in sequence. The term “Storyboarding” is often used in the eLearning industry, but sometimes it seems it is more of a buzzword more than a commonly understood idea.

Here are some standard processes following which you can make an awesome eLearning Storyboard;

Step 1: Know the Course Goal

Ask yourself and the client

  • Why are we creating this course?
  • What is the outcome or the key takeaways from the course?

Step 2: Gather Content

Work with your client, your Subject Matter Expert (SME) and do your homework –

  • Analyze Needs
  • Identify Required Knowledge
  • Identify Constraints

Step 3: Define Your Learning Objectives

Define your learning objectives

Your learning objectives will guide your development process

Step 4: Create an Assessment Criterion

Each learning objective needs to align with the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy

This will help you create your knowledge checks or scenarios to access your learners

Step 5: Use a Storyboard Template

Organize your content into chunks in a way that works for you

Consider using an eLearning storyboard template, preferably one that is free

Step 6: Pick a Design Model or Method

To deliver effective eLearning content for your audience to apply easily, consider using these popular design theories;

  • ADDIE
  • Knirk and Gustafson
  • SAM
  • The Action Mapping Process
  • Gagne’s 9 Principles

Step 7: Choose Design Elements

Compile the design elements that will best achieve your learning objectives;

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Interactions
  • Quizzes

Step 8: Select an Authoring Tool

Choose a tool that will best support your design elements.

The choice of the right authoring tool is a very important aspect, which needs to be considered to produce a highly interactive and engaging online course

Here are some of the popular and widely used authoring tools to create engaging interactivities in the online courses;

  • Articulate Storyline
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Lectora Inspire
  • Adobe Flash

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