A storyboard is an important part of the development phase of an eLearning course. It is used to represent an online/eLearning course detail. A storyboard combines instructions on using input elements like or raw data, videos, audio elements, images (still photos/vector images), graphics and interactivities, which are to appear in the course. It helps to apply a consistent style while designing an eLearning course.
A well-designed storyboard of an eLearning course describes every screen in the course including what learners will see, hear and do in the course. Often a storyboard is called a blueprint of an eLearning course, which helps to develop an effective eLearning course. Here are 5 tips you should follow while designing a storyboard.
1. Identify the main elements of a storyboard
The first and foremost thing before designing a storyboard is to identify its main elements.
A storyboard contains different elements such as the title area(unit names/titles, topics/subtopics and module names ), audio area(audio scripts, audio synching notes and sound effects), instructions area (instructions regarding interactions/interactivities and screen restrictions), pronunciation area (pronunciation notes of an audio script ), on screen area (input data or raw data) and audio synch area(audio synch notes ).
2. Group the content
After identifying the elements of a storyboard, separate and group the raw content into different units with specific chapters or unit names/title(s) and provide screen titles including screen numbers for each screen in the storyboard. This helps to avoid the confusion at the development stage of an eLearning course.
3. Place onscreen text appropriately
It is necessary to place the content as onscreen text as per the units after grouping the content.
If the content is heavy and complex, then it is required to chunk it appropriately and use interactive and design elements to develop a visually rich as well an engaging course.
4. Provide appropriate instructions
Giving suitable and appropriate instructions for the visual and interactive elements that are occurring at each and every screen of the storyboard guides the learner to complete the learning activity without any misunderstanding and provides a better eLearning environment. Including notes or a small description about the complex interactivities or animations helps the course developer to develop the screens as per the visualization description given on the storyboard.
5.Include audio/sound effects
If an eLearning course requires an audio then it is necessary to give a note on pronunciation to the narrator to ensure correct pronunciation, especially for acronyms and difficult words.
Audio synching has to be done as per the onscreen text for a better learning. Addition of audio elements and sound effects enhances the learning process and it will be a great help to the auditory learners.
I hope these tips will help you to develop an effective storyboard for an eLearning course.
A well-designed storyboard acts as a quality assurance tool for the course. Do share your thoughts and ideas on the same..!!