Planning a Clear Route for eLearning Developers

Planning a Clear Route for eLearning Developers

If you’ve ever been in an unfamiliar place when your GPS stopped working, you understand the value of having clear directions – and the anxiety without it.

Developing eLearning is a lot like a road trip where you venture into unknown territory.  Developers need a good map with clear directions to guide them to the finished product.  Those directions come in the form of a storyboard. 

Because it is the foundational element upon which learning is built, storyboarding is arguably the most important step in the learning development process.  What can you do to ensure that your storyboards are guiding your developers to the correct outcome?  Here are a few tips.

  1. Balance your content. As a best practice, be mindful of how much narration you’re adding to a single slide and ensure that you have enough content on screen to balance that out.
  2. Be clear and concise.  Try to avoid asking your developers to make design choices.  Provide them with any images, graphics, or other items that they may need along with the storyboard.  Provide developer notes in complete sentences to avoid any confusion.
  3. Don’t forget the little stuff.  You can save a lot of time in the long run by including details about the font and navigation requirements, how the module should be named, player settings, and any naming conventions for the file itself.

Just like that GPS we mentioned earlier, a thorough storyboard gets your developers to the desired destination quickly and easily.  Without it, your developers are likely to make plenty of wrong turns, which will likely increase the number of edits that need to be made.

If all this seems daunting, don’t worry.  The Orgwide team is always ready to lend a hand.   

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