I have not really covered any instructional design topics as of yet. I thought I would discuss a crucial element of the instructional design process: the storyboard. Everyone has their own style and software that they prefer, (or must use) to create a storyboard. In the past I have used PowerPoint and Word to create storyboards. To the bottom right is an example of my first storyboard which was done in PowerPoint for an instructional design class.
When I first began to create storyboards, I did not really appreciate the impact it could have on training. As I learned more about developing storyboards, I found that it can be one of the most rewarding parts of instructional design. Creating storyboards can actually be fun if you have some creative freedom. I am going to discuss some of the essentials needed for storyboarding before discussing some creative storyboarding ideas. If I miss some essentials for developing a storyboard be sure to comment, that way I can add more!
Storyboards provide: guidance such as page #’s, title, & module #’s, audio script, text, list multimedia, show interactivity, list objectives, show assessment items and answers, a section for notes, provide navigation.
Storyboards can be a good place to express creativity( if you have the option for creative reign). Designers can create a story to follow, a theme around the learning, or use a learning agent who guides you through the eLearning.
Storyboards bring ideas to life (before they may become permanent). I decided I would create a visual on some key reasons to have a storyboard, especially since storyboarding can be very visual!
Storyboards map out an entire project from screen to screen and can be outlets for creativity.