The first step to designing an effective eLearning course that engages learners and facilitates knowledge transfer is chunking it appropriately. Once you have a fair grip on the content, you need to prepare an Outline specifying the units/modules of the course. Next is the crucial step of ‘Chunking Content’.
Chunking content at this stage of instructional designing is not about individual screen-level chunking. Rather, it is a comprehensive activity with a broad focus on the entire content. The entire content is broken down into smaller chunks based on individual topics.
First, chunk the content into individual topics/modules as identified by the Outline. Once this is done, individual learning bytes within each topic can be chunked. The key is to ensure that each chunked byte is a standalone and is able to convey meaningful information.
- Ensure that each paragraph doesn’t exceed a maximum of 3 to 4 sentences.
- Avoid using lengthy, complex sentences.
- Break down lengthy sentences into bullet points, wherever possible, to aid learning.
If a standalone topic has very little content, do not merge with the succeeding/preceding topic just for the sake of adjusting space. Ensure it remains a standalone and if needed, you can always approach the Subject Matter Experts for further inputs/references.
At this stage, instructional designers should be wary of consulting design templates. The content should be chunked irrespective of the templates. Templates should be designed to fit the chunked content, not the other way round.
Once these steps are complete, it is recommended to cross check the chunked content against the Outline and change it if needed.
Now you are all set to start your Storyboarding!!!