In the process of making an eLearning course, the preparation of a detailed content outline is considered to be a crucial step. Before we go to the depth of its importance in the development of a storyboard let us see where detailed content outline stands alone.
Detailed content outline is a document, which contains the basic details required in a storyboard. It works as a draft, describes screen elements, their characteristics and sometimes even serves as instructions to the developer. A deep study of the content takes place, followed by rational organization of the content. It also includes deciding where the assessments and the final quiz will be placed.
The content is broken down into topics and subtopics, in an outline format. This outline is used continuously throughout the course designing, where from a very simple to high-level topics are covered. A detailed content outline, enables the complete course development team to organize course details into appropriate topics, certifying that they cover all gaps in the content.
The purpose of the detailed content outline is to:
- Include whole content as representation for instructions.
- Detail the objectives, modules, lessons and topics.
- Classify a graded list of all Terminal Learning Objectives and associated Enabling Learning Objectives, to establish the instructional objectives.
- Works as the basis for instructional designing.
Let us now know the process and components of a detailed content outline, in the process of storyboard. The process of the development of detailed content outline follows following steps:
- Evaluation of objectives.
- Establishing terminal objectives.
- Selection of instructional objectives.
- Combining of instructional objectives, to ensure a natural beginning and ending point.
- Preparation of lesson content.
- Determination of the objective.
- Study the matter defining the objective.
- Decide the way to organize the lesson.
- Classify things, which include the instruction.
- Listing of the related activities.
- Give lesson labels that are significant and relate to the purpose of the lesson.
The components included in a typical detailed content outline are as follows:
- Introduction, which provides an overview of the course and includes:
- The objective of course
- A description of targeted audience
- A high-level outlook of the structure
- Modules are the major unit of instruction within a course, having various terminal learning objectives, containing:
- Lessons, which is a unit of instructions within a course, having only one single terminal learning objective, to include:
With the help of a DCO, it is easy to create a story board without any wastage of time, as it works as the skeleton of storyboards and hence, reflects the storyboard.
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