A storyboard acts as a blueprint to develop an effective e-learning course. The overall representation of content onscreen and audio script is presented in a storyboard. A storyboard can be created in a Word document or as a PowerPoint presentation. Here are a few aspects that you need to consider while developing storyboards.
1. Know your target audience
You need to have a good estimation of who your learners are in order to make an excellent e-learning storyboard. This is because you can choose the right instructional strategy, simply by being mindful of your target audience and their learning needs. For better understanding of your target audience, instructional designers can consider the following factors like age, experience and background of your learners.
2. Frame clear learning objectives
It is important to have a clear idea about learning objectives. As learning objectives, communicate the purpose of a course and also tell what the learner will be able to achieve upon successful completion of the course.It is really indispensable for the instructional designers to analyze content with the help of subject matter experts to set clear learning objectives.
3. Arrange content in a sequential order
Pile up all the necessary information from the subject matter expert.Arrange content in a sequential order by breaking down the content into smaller chunks and modules. And make sure that content flow needs to be aligned with learning objectives.
4. Decide multimedia elements
Multimedia elements like images, graphics, videos and animations will help learners in understanding the concept effectively. It is important for instructional designers to cope up with the visual designers in deciding multimedia elements that will be integrated into an e-learning course.
5. Use of interactions
Instructions regarding interactions where learners need to complete interactivities in order to go to the next step or to the next slide are mentioned in the storyboard. A small description about how interactions should be designed and developed in the course will help the developer in developing an e-learning course, as per the directions mentioned in the storyboard.
6. Determine assessment strategy
Assessments must be created in alignment with the learning objectives and content. If the learners have made out the assessments successfully, it implies that they have achieved the learning objectives. An instructional designer needs to decide on assessment strategies that are best suited for a course by keeping in mind what the subject matter is and who the target audiences are.
7. Add audio script
Audio narration, though seemingly in the background of the course, forms the backbone of the course. It is the primary element that holds the course together, enables smooth transition between subjects and helps learners become involved in the course. As on-screen text crisp, adding audio script to the e-learning course will assist learners in understanding the concept in detail.
8. Focus on overload
Cognitive overload can result in reducing the learner’s interest, thereby decreasing the potential outcomes. It is all important for an instructional designer to make a final decision on how much content should include on each page. If content is heavy, break it down into smaller modules.
9. Make out the course navigation
Develop a course navigation that is simple.Navigation plays an essential role in an e-learning course, as it directs the learner throughout the course. If the navigation of the course is not designed effectively, then the learner will become confused when he takes up the course. It is an instructional designer’s responsibility to determine where to put the navigation buttons or icons and how these specific behaviors will appear in an e-learning course.
10. Use of transitions in between the course
Including transition screens in between the course will tell the learner what topic they have completed and what the upcoming topic is. It is important for an instructional designer to mention how and when to apply transitions between the slides and modules.
These are some of the aspects that you need to consider for effective storyboarding. Please do share your thoughts.