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Storyboarding/Scripting for eLearning

Storyboarding/Scripting for eLearning

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eLearning has come a long way from the days when anyone with a YouTube account could just hit “record” and start talking and clicking through a software demonstration. Today we may be creating anything from those same point-and-click demos (now called “microlearning”), to interactive software simulations, to soft skills training with gamification, to scenario-based training with embedded video of real actors (if Andy from accounting counts as an actor), to videos with animated characters, to a talking-heads style SME interview. Heck, most of us even still have some PowerPoint bullet decks in our queue for upgrading to eLearning.

Each of these genres of eLearning requires a different level of planning. You’ll need some kind of script for your eLearning, and that script might range anywhere from a simple list of “do this” steps to a full-blown movie storyboard.

Never fear. We’ll get you started in one quick afternoon. We’ll start by analyzing what kind of content your eLearning project will contain. Then we’ll pick the best genre of eLearning (tool agnostic) for that content. Then, based on the genre of eLearning project, we’ll pick the best type of script or storyboard to use.

In this class you’ll learn how to create four different kinds of eLearning scripts or storyboards. You’ll receive three different kinds of eLearning script/storyboard templates, and during the class, you’ll get started on the kind of content creation you’ll need to do for each. You’ll leave with a solid plan for how to tackle your next eLearning project.

Where is this class held?

This is a live, online class led by a field expert; and just like an in-person class, it is fully interactive and engaging. The difference between an online and onsite class? No travel! You can participate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Many of our students choose to stay home from work on these training days, some never even changing out of their slippers! Where applicable, students are able to speak with and hear from the instructor and other participants throughout the course as they work in real-time to complete activities.

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We understand your team might have specific training needs and we would love to work with you. We offer both online and on-site instructor-led, fully customizeable courses tailored to your training needs. 

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Review of Genres of eLearning 

The variety of eLearning has been growing almost as fast as its adoption by training departments everywhere. Where once we basically had “soft skills” eLearning versus “software” eLearning, we now have many more genres to choose from. In this section we will take a look at the main genres of eLearning. Then we’ll talk about how you can cross and combine genres to create highly engaging eLearning lessons and entire courses.

  • Microlearning software video
  • Interactive software simulation
  • Soft skills training 
  • Scenario-based training

Determining the Type of Content You Have

Your content should drive your choices about the genre of eLearning you create as well as the type of script you will use to plan it. In this section, we learn how to identify your content type.

  • Analyzing the objectives
  • Defining the content type

Deciding on a Type of Script or Storyboard

Once you know your genre, it is fairly easy to choose the best type of script or storyboard for writing the content. We’ll talk about what goes with which. You might even find you have a favorite.

  • Step list
  • Grid-based eLearning script
  • Storyboarding in PowerPoint
  • Movie-style storyboards with images
  • Adding action, voiceover, and dialog

Practice writing three kinds of storyboard

At some point, you have to actually get down to writing the content for your eLearning.

  • Grid-style eLearning script
  • PowerPoint storyboard
  • Storyboard with images

About Your Instructor

Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author of Editing with Word 2007. Jennie specializes in electronic editing. At the American Psychological Association, she was manager of electronic publishing and manager of technical editing and journal production.

Jennie has an M.A. from George Washington University and is a Certified Technical Trainer (Chauncey Group). She is a publishing professional with 20 years of experience in writing, editing and desktop publishing.

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Great instructor! Jennie Ruby was very engaging, personable and knowledgeable.
Diana Davis