8 Easy Steps to Create a Storyboard

Assuming that the Analysis and Design is done, let’s start creating a 5 minute course on Energy Management using just text and images. In the process you will also get to know the logical steps to create a simple Storyboard.

There is no hard and fast rule to creating a Storyboard. However the Storyboard must be logical and coherent.

Note:

  • You can use a Storyboard template designed in Word or use MS PowerPoint to create a Storyboard
  • In this post no standard Storyboard templates are used
  • The tips given in this post do not standardize the steps to create a Storyboard
  • Notes to the Programmer not included in this Storyboard
  • Navigation button not included in the Storyboard
  • Click the thumbnail to enlarge

The Storyboard

Tip 1

Start with an Attention Grabber

At the outset you need to draw the learners’ attention and interest to take up the course.

Therefore begin the course with something interesting and relevant to the subject. The Attention Grabber must touch upon the essence of the course.

An attention grabber could be a:

  • Scenario
  • Quote
  • Story
  • Image
  • Animation
  • Game
  • Question

An attention grabber could be a combination of images and text also.

Let’s design the first slide for the course on Energy Management.

Slide 1

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Here the course begins with a scenario. The scenario is thought provoking in the sense it touches upon the importance of energy. It enforces how important energy is in our day to day life.

Also note the talking head that has been introduced at this point. The talking head has been introduced to draw the learner’s attention. The talking head is essentially a substitute for an instructor.

Tip 2

List the Learning Objectives

After the Attention Grabber, list down what the learner would learn at the end of the course.

Slide 2

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To learn how to frame Learning Objectives, read The Why and Whats of Learning Objectives in Instructional Designing

Tip 3

Tip 3

Write content for each Learning Objective.

When you write content for each Learning Objective:

  • State the topic first
  • Explain the concept/idea
  • Discuss one idea or concept in one slide
  • Write what is most important
  • Address the learner
  • Maintain a conversational tone
  • Even if you are not using any interactive elements such as images or animations, write in an interactive manner by posing questions
  • Keep text minimum in each slide
  • Use images relevantly
  • Make sure you link all slides appropriately

Let’s now design the remaining slides for the course on Energy Management now, keeping in mind all the guidelines listed above.

Slide 3

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Slide 4

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Note the small interactivity here helps the learner remember the figures this interactivity has been introduced.

Slide 5

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Here a graph is used to explain the rising trend. Here just text would not convey the message in the real sense.

Slide 6

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In this slide the bullet points can appear one after the other so that the learner does not have to remember everything at once.

Slide 7

 

After you have taught enough, summarize what you have taught and announce an assessment item.

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Slide 8

Note: The concept of this assessment item has been taken from the web

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Things you need to note in this Storyboard

  • The logical flow of content
  • The Learning Objectives and the corresponding content presented
  • The simple instructional strategies used
  • The theme and the setting (Blackboard which brings in the classroom mode)

Given any content, always think of ways to present it in an engaging fashion.

This is the first lesson in Storyboarding.

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7 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing, Rupa! This is excellent stuff.

  2. absolutely outstanding rupaji

    tanks for giving valueble information

  3. plz can u provide me guidance on how to prepare an attention grabber for giving instructions and directions topic

  4. Helpful stuff. I am working on a training for story boarding and this will come in handy.

  5. just great and simple stuff

  6. Hi,

    A wonderful way to prepare a story board has been given here.
    thanks.

  7. Very nice Ms Rupa…..

    It is very helpful for the IDs….

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