When you are building a lesson from scratch, or making significant changes to an existing lesson, storyboarding is the process through which your ideas and content for a lesson are documented before you start developing the module. A storyboard forms the framework of the online lesson. It allows you to visualise the final product and flow of content before the lesson is developed.

Taking the time to develop a lesson storyboard has multiple advantages. It provides you with something tangible that can be shared for feedback prior to going to the effort of developing the lesson. Once finished a storyboard makes the build stage of lesson development very efficient.

Some of our members develop their own online lessons, while others work with a learning designer or content creator from their institution or from the Smart Sparrow team. Storyboards are helpful in both cases.

To help with the storyboarding of your online tutorials, we’ve provided a free downloadable PowerPoint template. Download should begin immediately.

The template makes use of a PowerPoint Slide Master to mock-up common screens and question types. Simply choose your screen type when adding a New Slide. Then complete the relevant placeholder areas with the images and text that will be added to your tutorial. We’ve included areas to document feedback for correct and incorrect responses to questions, as well as recording where to source images or videos for the tutorial.

Figure: Adding a screen template and a sample screen template

For tips on storyboarding and learning design download our free guide to creating online tutorials in the biomedical sciences.

Get in touch with me at s.dowdell@best.edu.au if there are other screen types that you’d like to see added to the template.