Let's discuss storyboarding benefits
Whenever we have spoken to someone who are in the early stages of designing and developing an eLearning course, we get questioned whether they should invest the time in creating a storyboard or not. It becomes very difficult for them to come over a conclusion whether it would benefit by drafting an eLearning storyboard or should straight away go for development.
We at Sagita Learning have always found the process of drafting a storyboard to be more beneficial in comparison to such instances where we had to considered jumping directly into development.
Let us share some benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard.
An eLearning Storyboard Can Help You Unify Your Content
A storyboard is a stage to organize your content and transforming the raw content into a complete learner-ready eLearning course. The storyboard is a very important part of the pre-production process because it clearly conveys how the story will flow, as you can see how your shots work together. Storyboard makes it easier for the production team to integrate various course elements such as the content, graphics and animation to create the final eLearning course. IDs' vision of the course can be accurately translated by the production team.
It helps you to visualize and allows to do edits to an eLearning Storyboard
A storyboard is very similar to building a house or like a concept car. As you need to build a blueprint to plan the layout of the house or concept car. Similarly, an eLearning storyboard help you plan the layout of the course. It helps you to identify any potential problem areas or missed opportunities or imagine what could be the end output and if doesn’t match to your visualization then you have always freedom to do edits according to your story, thoughts or end output visualization. A storyboard reveals whether a concept will work or not. A concept is typically verbalized in a couple of paragraphs. A storyboard helps the client or the course owner validate whether the concept is working or not, and determine the direction the course is going to take.
An eLearning storyboard helps in synching your SMEs, Instructional Designer and the Content
A storyboard helps your Subject Matter Expertise and Instructional designer in a synchronisation. An instructional designer helps SME to understand with the help of storyboard that how they will fulfil the end objective of course. When we design or develop an eLearning course, we need our stakeholders and SME to provide regular feedback throughout the course development. It also helps your stakeholder to understand whether the content flow is correct or content is accurate. Storyboards contain notes to developers like what media to be used, what elements get synched with which part of the audio narration, which elements would be clickable, and the resultant reaction. This gives a comprehensive idea of how the course would flow in its entirety. So, the storyboard serves as the blueprint for the module and guides, not just the developer, but also the quality controller on how the visualizer has envisioned the module screen by screen.
Need your course in another language?
Just Imagine your English course needing to be translated into French, German or Portuguese but the challenge is that your developer doesn’t know any of these languages! So, would you start hunting for a developer who understands these languages or give it to your best developer to do this job? Here we hit the value of a Storyboard. A well-built storyboard can come to your rescue again by providing the English developer with instructions in English, along with content for text on the screen, and the narration in the language to be localized into. The developer will refer to the English instructions to complete the localization without errors.
What do you think?
At last, we can say that Storyboard can help you unify your content, allows you changes or edits, synch your SMEs, Content and Instructional designer and also helps your developer in developing a course into multiple languages. What are some other benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard? Share them by commenting below!