As an Instructional Designer (ID), my job (in simple terms) is to analyze content and create a storyboard (SB) for developing an effective eLearning course. When I started my career, I used to create storyboards in a word document (using standard templates). Gradually, time and visualization became more important and I moved into a more convenient way of storyboarding, that is, in a PPT (PowerPoint) format.
What is a storyboard and what are its elements?
A storyboard is a key document when developing an eLearning course. It is created by an ID and is referred to by the developer, graphics designer, and technology teams; it is also reviewed by the client/ Subject Matter Expert (SME). It is a document that has the following elements:
- Screen Numbering: the number of modules, lessons, and screens/slides of the eLearning course
- Screen Title: unique title for each screen
- Screen Type: the screen type could be (static, animation, interactive, etc.)
- Notes to Developer: the instructions or notes addressing the developers or visual/ graphics designers
- On-screen Text: the on-screen (text, graphics, animations, etc.) for each screen
- Audio Script: the audio (voiceover/ narration) for each screen
A storyboard in a PPT format also has all these elements. Many IDs along with me feel that it is more convenient because, it additionally has the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the course in each slide and thus it looks more appealing and easy to work on.
In the PPT, we use the image (inactive GUI) of the course interface, which has the client logo, course title, the course menu, and the buttons used in navigating through the course (Next, Previous, etc.). The GUI helps the ID, the developer, and the reviewer/client to get an exact feel of the course (the text, the visuals, their placement, etc.) and gives less space for ambiguity. The PPT storyboard looks same as the course, except that the GUI isn’t active.
How to Create a Storyboard Using PowerPoint?
In this way, we can quickly create an effective and crystal clear storyboard for any eLearning course. In my next blog, I will discuss a few tips that will help you in designing error-free storyboards in the PPT format. Have anything to say? Please do share!