Tips to Create a Storyboard Using PowerPoint in E-learning

Tips to Create a Storyboard Using PowerPoint in E-learning

In my previous blog, I shared the key elements needed to create a storyboard in a PowerPoint (PPT). In this blog, I’m going to discuss a few tips that will help you in designing error-free storyboards in the PPT format.

While designing storyboards in PPT format, you need to insert the image of the course GUI in the master slide, and this gives you a clear picture of how much space you have for the
on-screen elements (text, images, animations, call-outs, etc.).

Using PowerPoint, you can create wonders in storyboarding. Follow these tips to create/ design the storyboard in a more appealing and clear manner for your customers (reviewers) and the developers.

Alignment, Size, and Position of the elements: In a PowerPoint-based storyboard, you can place the image in the specific size, format, and position as you want it to be shown in the course. You can use multiple slides to show how the size or position of an image needs to change as the slide progresses. Have a look at these slides which easily convey that the images should move away and a meeting room image needs to appear in-between them.

Allignment size position of the elements

Timing of the elements: You can easily indicate the text and images that need to be shown on-screen when a specific audio is played and when they should fade-off to show a different set of on-screen elements. Make use of the notes pane at the bottom of the PowerPoint slide to write the audio script. In the notes pane, also mention the Notes to Developer (NTD) in bold as this helps you differentiate it from the audio script. The screenshots below show that the video needs to fade-off and the text in the next screen needs to be displayed.

Timing of the elements

Color of the elements: Use color to show the ‘normal’, ‘active’, and ‘visited’ states of the on-screen elements (mostly interactive elements like clickable tabs, numbers, etc.). Look at these screenshots., They show you the normal color of the tabs, how a tab changes its color when clicked, and what’s the color when the user clicks the 2nd tab.

Color of the elements

Interactive elements: When interactivities come into picture, you need to show the on-click elements (what should be displayed when the user clicks), their color, size, position, and the timing (what should happen to them, when the user clicks another interactive element). Here are some examples of slides with click on hotspots on an image.

Interactive elements

Take maximum advantage of MS PowerPoint and create quick, easy, and appealing storyboards for your eLearning courses. You can always use the notes pane to specify any additional instructions that you are unable to convey in the designed slides of the PPT. You might have a question, ‘what about the reviews, there is no tracking feature in PowerPoint’. Don’t worry, here is a simple solution. The reviewers can:

  • Use comments in the review section of the PPT (add the changes they want to be made)
  • Add text in RED (additions to the content)
  • Use strikethrough option (deletions in the content)
  • Take screenshots and place them in a PPT and give callouts to give their feedback

Here is an example:

Example screenshot

Hope this blog was interesting and will help you create storyboards quickly using PowerPoint. Do share your thoughts.