What is a Storyboard?
A storyboard serves as the guide or blueprint for developing your microlearning or eLearning courses. According to eLearning Industry, a storyboard is “a way to organize the parts of your video graphically. It contains illustrations of the characters or actions that your viewers will see as well as descriptions for the production team and narration or dialogue. It tells the story of your training video in a sequential fashion, highlighting the keyframes that are critical to the animation’s flow.” Storyboards can be very detailed or include only generalizations about what the content should contain.
How do you Draft a Storyboard for a Microlearning Video?
Most eLearning departments write a script and pair it with a scene description. While that’s quicker to put together, the issue is that most people are visual learners. If you don’t visualize the course before you build it, you’re missing out on easy fixes early in the process.
If you go with a visual storyboard, you can see the true elements for your course, like the characters and tone. By putting your energy into a visual storyboard, you can do more revisions upfront, which are faster and cheaper to do.
Tips on How to Create a Storyboard for a Microlearning Video
Here are 5 easy steps to create your next storyboard!
Review the learner persona and brand guidelines and choose an awesome avatar. Avatars are powerful learning agents that can transform a boring subject into an interesting one. They are relatable characters in a course that share strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats.
Research, research, research! This should go without saying… Before you begin any storyboarding for microlearning videos, you should conduct contextual research. You’re more likely to get a clearer picture of what is actually happening the closer you get to the learner’s world.
Use our template.This is an easy-to-use template free of charge to start drawing!
Breakdown your script and timeline. Break your script into the scenes and perspectives that are relevant to the learning objective.
Verify with SMEs and learners. Test your content! You will save your budget and timeline if you get bad news here. Yes, we said it – look for bad news here and then get proper sign-off!
The bottom Line
Visual storyboards aren’t common in eLearning, but they should be. Invest in a disciplined process to save more time and money in the long run. Need help? Reach out to us at Ninja Tropic eLearning for a Free consultation!
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