Notes on Instructional Design: Storyboarding
“Notes on…” is a series, based on notes I took during Lynda.com courses I completed.
Each post highlights a key takeaway I took from the course, along with my own notes.
“Where to start?” Whether it’s a home DIY project or a project at work, it’s always crucial to figure out where to begin. When training or designing educational resources, doing a needs analysis is absolutely imperative for the success of the instructional material. I also appreciate the various ways that you can storyboard - text-based, visual-type, or rapid prototype. This allows for approaching it in a way that matches you or your team’s preference.
Overview of Storyboarding
What is a storyboard?
Includes text, visuals, and audio for every screen of a course
Storyboard = Basic Game Plan
Project title, screen information, on-screen graphics and text, audio information, navigation indications
Benefits of Storyboarding
Gets everyone on the same page - what content will be developed
Mutual agreement with members of your team
Re-think course design: structure and flow - why are you designing it this way?
May save time and money
Core concepts of storyboarding
There are many ways to storyboard
Text-based: writing about what learner will see/hear
Visual-type: Screenshot of what the learner will see
Rapid prototype: Building and publishing a rough deck
Build your storyboard according to those reviewing it
Know what your reviewer wants
Be aware of the gap between storyboard and finished course
Give just enough detail
Don’t overdo it on detail; indicate what the course will look like
Understanding when to start
Analysis: Needs analysis - what issue or problems are we trying to address with this training? What’s the best way to address that issue? What do we want them to do after the course is done? (learning objectives)
Content Development: Culling and reworking existing content; fill in gaps; relevant activities
Storyboarding: Craft the course
Understanding text-based storyboards
Usually built in Microsoft Word
Columns for audio, on-screen text, on-screen graphics, graphic notes & navigation, reviewer comments
Use this when you have a graphics person creating them or when using an already approved template
Storyboarding an opening slide
Always smart to title each slide - and number i.e. 1/42 slides