The heart of every e-learning course is it’s design which is defined in the storyboard. Storyboard is a document which defines not only the learning pedagogy and objectives but also includes design  and visual guidelines for the development of e learning courses and makes the overall design and development process more efficient.

Hence it is a no-brainer that a good storyboard can lead to the creation of an engaging e-learning course that meets the defined learning objectives.

In this blog I will share some tips, which will help you to create an effective e-learning storyboard:

1.Select a storyboard template

There are many free storyboard templates on the web so you need to decide whether you want to use a word, PowerPoint or commercial application to create one.

2.Define learning objectives

You should know what are your main and secondary learning goals and objectives and desired results. By keeping the learning objectives in focus, you will be able to design a course which engages your learners and achieves the desired learning outcomes.

3.Know your target audience

Knowing your target audience-the learners, their environment and their technological familiarity helps to create a more effective storyboard as you can relate to their learning styles and create courses meeting the desired objectives. You can get to know the learners by conducting focus group surveys and one-on-one interviews.

4. Content Creation & Sequence

Writing content for each of your objectives will help you to keep your e-learning storyboard flow natural and your audience focused. You can focus on key points, and keep up the conversational tone by using simple language, short sentences.

You can collect all the content from SME and client and put it in one place and then break up the content into chunks and decide about the sequencing and how it is going to be presented to your learners.

5. Multimedia Elements

Multimedia elements such as images, graphics, animations, and videos help the audience to retain and recall the e-learning content. You can also incorporate these elements into the storyboard and note their position on the page by adding a text description

6.Detailed Interaction Description

As you progress through each screen, your storyboard should include every interaction that needs to be integrated into the final design. You can do this for every activity, assessment, navigation icon in your e-learning course so that you don’t run the risk of disorganized navigational flow.

7.Assessments

Many people might assume that adding assessments can be done in the last stages, however, it should actually be one of the first steps while sequencing your course. While creating storyboard figure out where the tests and exams will be placed and what kind of assessment is best suited for subject matter and audience. 

8.Keep audio descriptive and text brief

While creating a storyboard, the audio should be descriptive, which means it should be able to convey the meaning clearly. The text on screen could be only bulleted points as too long lines of text or text-heavy e-learning tends to disengage the learners and they try to skip such portions.

9.Map out course navigation

Decide where to put the next and back buttons and what graphics you will use to denote these actions and how your e-learning course will respond to specific behaviors of your audience. 

By keeping these tips in mind I hope it helps to create an effective e-learning storyboard. It may be true that no two e-learning courses are alike, however, every e-learning experience should begin with a successful storyboard.