Storyboarding is one of the important parts of designing a course, which every instructional designer needs to master. Being new to this job I had experienced many issues while designing storyboards, so here I am going to share some mistakes that you should avoid while storyboarding.
Avoid adding too much of content: Giving bulks of content or information in a single screen is never a good idea. The very first thing to avoid is to stop dumping matter in a single slide. So to avoid this, what shall be our next step? It is simple; just break the content into separate screens. Divide, chunk and add images for making the content attractive.
Avoid giving images that are irrelevant: Giving an appropriate image requires lot of focus. Just to give an image and block the screen is not the criteria. The image should link the content in a way that the learner should be able to grasp the information quickly with the help of that image.
Avoid screens where there is no synch with onscreen text: The audio should always match with the onscreen text. The audio should help the learner to drive through the course and the onscreen text to support it. So avoid addressing different topics onscreen and in audio.
Avoid making audio scripts that sound unnatural: Writing style and tone matters a lot when coming to the audio script. The script must be in a narrative style which will help the learner to involve in the process of learning. To catch the learners’ attraction we can always useidioms or slang or contractions if you find it suitable for your learner and client.
Avoid missing the instructions/notes for your team: The last but important thing is to give appropriate instructions to your team. You really need to share your vision and ideas to your team who are going to develop the course, like you can actually write notes to the developer regarding the visual effect you require. Most of the times it may happen that you forget to communicate and then at the end you find something else instead of what you want the course to come out as.