Storyboarding is a technique used across several areas to graphically plan how a deliverable unfolds with time, for example, deliverables for motion pictures, animations, teaching content, etc. Specifically in the area of instructional design, online teaching and e-learning, an e-learning storyboard can prove to be a powerful asset for supporting and planning the delivery of an online course. Generating good e-learning storyboards requires taking into account a whole host of things which include:
- Who the participants in the activity are and what are their roles, e.g., Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), clients, stakeholders, graphic designers, illustrators, narrators, programmers, etc.
- Methodologies, in other words the design models and methods, that can adopted like, for instance, ADDIE model.
- Software tools to support the creation, maintenance and review of e-learning storyboards, from straightforward ones like Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word, etc. to purposely-developed utilities.
- Templates with the correct placeholders to reference details of storyboard elements like visuals, audio, text, interactions and branching.
- An understanding of the course for which an e-learning storyboard is being generated. Things to consider here are, for example, how the course breaks down into different sections and lectures, who the target audience is, learning objectives, assessment criteria, etc.
In this post, I expose a graphic that captures the practice of e-learning storyboarding at a glance. The diagram nicely summarizes the important concepts and draws out the relationships that hold between them. The ontology-based diagram can be consulted as a reference model for understanding the building blocks of effective e-learning storyboards.