December 27, 2016

Leverage E-Learning Through Storyboarding

Written by Oleksii Vyshnyk


In many cases, it turns out that even the brightest ideas for an e-learning course may not be effective without a detailed map. For an e-learning course, a storyboard highlights all key elements including learning objectives, interlinked content, engaging media, knowledge assessment and feedback features. More specifically, a storyboard enables learners to look from afar at the complete picture even before starting the course. Here are some of the distinctive features of storyboarding.

Learning Objectives in the Background

Before developing an e-learning course, it is critical to make sure learners understand the objectives outlined in the course. A storyboard provides training developers with a clear focus on the connections and interactions between specific key elements of the e-learning course. These connections allow content to be delivered in a way that keeps learners working towards achieving those specific learning objectives.

Great Launch Pad for Collaboration

A storyboard allows learners to observe separate pieces of information and make connections to specific modules. By gathering trainers, developers, designers and programmers in front of a storyboard, it provides a diversified angle to optimize the development process at each stage, whether it be learning content development, course design, user experience or employee engagement.

Knowledge, Evidence and Assessment

A storyboard provides room to maneuver and allocate assessment elements, which are needed to evaluate the knowledge gained during the course. For example, there could be a pre-quiz to understand how much the learner knows before the course, and a post-quiz to compare the results and identify the knowledge gap. 

Acts as a Guide Through the Entire Story

With a storyboard it is easy to see each step from the very beginning to the end of the course. Consistency is key to building a narrative tone in order to engage learners with an interactive story that represents every module as a game level. A storyboard shows the walkthrough of each level even before the game starts.

Elevate User Experience

A storyboard combines a variety of concepts to make the most convenient e-learning course to grasp learner attention with all different learning styles. It can include clickable elements, practical exercises, as well as visual and audio materials that are stuck together as puzzle pieces. The storyboard shows how exactly each part is contributing to the user experience.

Provides a Blueprint

With an illustrated map in hands, it becomes clear that all the visual elements will be used to provide learning as the original purpose and ensure the effectiveness of the course. The storyboard serves as a visual confirmation that the course will be carried out considering all customer requirements.

Storyboarding is an excellent tool to avoid unnecessary surprises and visualize the exact direction of the e-learning course.

Oleksii Vyshnyk

Oleksii Vyshnyk is an Editorial Supervisor at the writing agency Slovis LLC where he is responsible for editing all content related to all training and development. Oleksii holds a Masters of Educational Management.

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