What is a storyboard in eLearning?
A storyboard is a blueprint of an eLearning course. It tells the courseware developers – what the learner must see (text and graphics), listen (audio/ music), and be able to do (buttons, actions, etc.). It explains how every element of the eLearning course must behave.
What is a storyboard review and who does it?
Usually, eLearning Storyboards are initially reviewed by the ‘Learning Design Head’ (L&D Head). Then, if required, they are sent to the client for approval (of text, graphics, and audio script).
In CommLab India, we follow a twofold review process. The Storyboards are first reviewed by the ‘Expert – Instructional Designers’ (senior instructional designers). Only after the storyboard has been updated according to their feedback, the Storyboard goes for the L&D Head’s review.
Usually, we receive inputs from our clients in the form of PowerPoint presentations (with on-screen text and audio notes). The instructional designers analyze the content and prepare a course outline along with the ‘learning objectives and aligning assessments’. The outline is reviewed and finalized, before we move to the next step of creating a storyboard.
As an ‘Expert – Instructional Design’, my role is to review the storyboards created by my team members. While reviewing a storyboard, I always keep the inputs open and start my review. In today’s blog, I’m going to share a few tips to review storyboards.
Tips to review an eLearning storyboard
1. Does the Storyboard cover all the content given in the inputs?
- In every slide, check if all the content given in the inputs is covered in the storyboard.
- Avoid redundancy in the content.
- Keep the on-screen text crisp (in the form of bullets) and use audio to explain in detail.
2. Are the key points being emphasized?
- The points mentioned on the slides of PowerPoint presentations (inputs) are of utmost importance, and hence they need to be emphasized in the on-screen content of the storyboard.
- Emphasize the key points using text boxes, bold characters or by highlighting them in some way.
3. Is the content presented in a learner-friendly manner?
Check if there are any screens with heavy on-screen text and seem to overload the learner with too much information. In such cases, split the content on the screen and images/ icons to make the topic easy for learning.
- Confirm that every screen has a minimum white space (this will reduce the load on the learners mind) that isn’t loaded with text and graphics.
- Ensure that the on-screen text doesn’t have paragraphs of information. Change them into bullet points and see that the bullet points follow parallelism principle (grammar).
- Check if in every screen the key point (learning point) that is delivered in it has been emphasized as a key takeaway to reinforce learning.
4. Are there transitions from one topic to other?
- Transition slides tell the learner what topic they have completed and what the upcoming topic is.
- Check if there are transitions at the end of each topic to help the learner understand the progress of the course.
5. Are the graphics used appropriate for the content being taught?
- Last but not the least, graphics used in the storyboard must aid the learning. They must not be decorative in nature.
- Ensure that the graphics are based on the content that is being taught and are help the learner learn easily.
- Wherever possible, try to replace text with graphics as humans tend to remember anything in the form of an image rather than text.
- Avoid distracting visuals that make learners deviate from the content or create stress in their mind.
These are a few tips that I wanted to share. Hope they will help you in effective storyboard reviews. Please do share your thoughts!