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WHAT IS STORYBOARDING?
Storyboarding is a technique that helps designers to visualise the flow of their multimedia or training materials – courses, animations, videos or slides at the early stages of the project development.The storyboard is a sort of a first draft or a prototype of your training course or video.
TYPES OF STORYBOARDS IN ELEARNING I USED :
Storyboards of eLearning videos and animations
Detailed storyboard for eLearning artefacts
WHY USING THE STORYBOARDS IN ELEARNING?
WHO IS THE STORYBOARD FOR?
The storyboard is for the course creator and all main stakeholders involved in the learning design process, It is for those who need different types of information about the planned training course. If you ever were involved in a learning project, you should know that the eLearning teams sizes and team roles can vary from project to project. That means that there is no one, universal approach to storyboarding. It also means that the storyboard templates often need to be customised and adapted to your project.As an instructional designer, I worked with the individuals who wanted to share and monetise their expertise, so the team was relatively small – they were SMEs and project sponsors; I was everything else. I also worked in extended teams, where we had SMEs, content writers, videographers, instructional designers, reviewers and a few project managers. As you can imagine, the storyboards were quite different for these projects. To give you an idea of how that team structure might look like I put together this diagram.
WHAT INFORMATION ARE TEAM MEMBERS INTERESTED IN?
Voice artists will also need to know the file naming convention to submit files in the correct format. This will help other authors to know precisely where these files fit into the course
WHAT EXACTLY SHOULD THE ELEARNING STORYBOARD INCLUDE?
That’s a good question! Team sizes and roles vary not only from project to project – you might have different team members involved producing different elements of the course. So how to create a storyboard that would satisfy all these different needs and work as a blueprint informing all your eLearning developers and other team members about the course details?
Well… the answer is that there is no one best recipe or a storyboard template. Depending on your eLearning project and the development team’s size, you need to include slightly different headings in the storyboard. On that note, let’s have a look. Below is the example of the storyboard I use for my training videos and slides articulate slides with some details populated. (You can download this exact template from the end of the post).
Types of information to include in the storyboard:
- Design notes that include:
- Ideas for visuals to be on the screen or a slide
- Notes about the scene or a slide
- Text and visuals appearing on the screen
- Media details include
- Media file names
- Media naming convention (video/audio/images)
- Narration section include
- The script of the text to be read
A bit more info about using differnt sections of the storyboard:
Notes about the graphic design and aesthetics help your authors and developers to create aesthetically cohesive eLearning product.
You should create some visuals – sketches or images that would help your team to understand what you plan to create. If you can’t sketch, there are tons of online tools available to help you storyboard.Scene or slide overview – in case of videos or animation will describe the shot type, camera angles, etc. You can include an overview here of the section, include learning outcomes or topics to be covered. Information about interactive items such as quizzes, assessment and other activities should be detailed. Include additional details such as correct answers, distractors, feedback to be displayed, max number of attempts etc. Narration or a Script is the exact text recorded for a particular scene or a slide. The script is to be read exactly as it is written, so it should be carefully reviewed and approved by the SME before recording. Remember to include a pronunciation guide and instructions for any specific tone and emphasis you want your narrator to use. Text and objects on the screen should state what graphics and text will appear on the screen, note when things appear on the screen, and what kind of items, background, bullet points etc. Creating and communicating naming conventions will help you and your team organise files in groups – I usually adopt the naming convention that links the audio to the corresponding graphics and eLearning slide numbers, or course activity numbers.
GET YOUR FREE ELEARNING STORYBOARD TEMPLATE:
If you are ready to start your storyboarding adventure I have good news! I have some storyboards templates and I am now sharing them with my subscribersTo get printable templates click on the banner below, subscribe and you will receive two editable storyboard templates straight to your email. Experiment, change and try what works best for you. Happy Storyboarding!
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