What’s missing from your elearning storyboard?



A storyboard is an essential part of the elearning creation process. An instructional designer will take the content the client wants to teach their audience, and arrange it in a way that makes sense, has a good flow, and contains engaging interactions. Then the programmer will take this storyboard and program it into an engine that can run the interactions and collate data about the learners. Sounds simple enough!


However, we often receive storyboards for programming with information missing, mainly about functionality. Here is a non-exhaustive set of questions you should ask the client when creating an elearning storyboard so that the programming team knows what to do.


1. Is that navigation locked in any way?

This issue often seems to only be discussed after the first draft of the programming is complete, when the client realizes that their learners must interact with some or all of the content on the elearning in order to proceed.

So, when you add a click and reveal or knowledge check, make sure you ask whether the learner has the option to continue to the next slide without engaging with the activity.

This also applies to navigation bar and menu options.

Is there a timeline bar, and will the learner be able to fast forward it? Will there be a menu? Is the menu freely navigable?


2. What are the test options?

Creating a test isn’t as simple as making a question, a correct answer, and some distractors. In addition to the points below, there have been times when the programmer wasn’t even informed as to which of the distractors was the correct answer! Other test options we often need to have clarified include:

Will there be feedback? If yes, what will the feedback say?

How many attempts does the learner get to have per question?

Will the learners be scored on this test, is there a minimum score to pass, and will they be told what score they achieved?

What happens if the learner fails to pass the test?

Will the learner have to redo the tests and/or knowledge checks if they review the elearning?


So think beyond the content when creating an elearning storyboard to ensure you’ve covered everything your client wants to happen when their learner uses the elearning, and it will help your programming team transition your ideas into an interactable form that much faster!


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