Thursday, July 9, 2015

‘Art of Storyboarding’ Webinar – Highlights

Team Raptivity recently hosted a successful webinar on ‘The Art of Storyboarding’ by Desiree Pinder - Executive Director/Founder of Artisan E-Learning. Desiree answered some fundamental questions on storyboarding, through this webinar, such as: what is a storyboard, why create one, and how to build and show content in a storyboard.

Here are some key takeaways from the session:

·         Storyboard is crucial when working with others to create an eLearning course e.g. Subject Matter Experts (SME), Graphic Designers, or programmers. 
·         Storyboarding saves time and money as it’s easier to make early changes to a storyboard rather than to the actual course.
·         A high level storyboard gives the overall vision of the course to your team.
·         Microsoft Word is the easiest but least visual tool to create a storyboard. Use it when you are mostly going to include text in your storyboard. Use Microsoft PowerPoint if you want your storyboard to be visual.
·         Create a storyboard directly in an eLearning/authoring tool for short courses and technical topics that need animations. But do it only if you know the tool very well and are the SME.
·         The most important aspect of storyboarding is what goes in the storyboard, i.e. page numbers, text, audio, video, graphics/media, and programming instructions.
·         Automating common functions can be a time-saver e.g. setting up macros and using the AutoCorrect option from Word.
·         Use style guides for standardizing language, formatting, style, and design of your storyboard as well the course. Here is one such style guide for your reference.
·         Set up a proofing process and always have someone else proofread your storyboard.
·         Most importantly, keep your storyboard succinct and it must map to what your learners are supposed to be learning or doing after the course.

Here is a sample storyboard template shared by Desiree.   

Did you miss the webinar? No worries! You can watch the webinar recording here and have a look at the webinar presentation here.

Happy storyboarding!