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Storyboarding: An Instructional Designer’s Secret Weapon

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

77884631_s.jpgeLearning has been a viable training option for a while now. Thanks to tools like GoAnimate and Camtasia, instructional designers can quickly and easily produce a high-quality learning product. But just because we have access to technical tools, that doesn’t automatically result in a seamless creation process.

As expert Jennifer Hofmann points out:

Instructional design is still relevant to blended learning. It’s evolving, and it’s mission-critical.”

As a helpful component in many blends, we need to thoughtfully plan out our eLearning modules and connect them to defined learning objectives.

But how?

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Storyboarding, eLearning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

3 Questions + 1 Formula = Better Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 23, 2018 1:08:27 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

38725119_s.jpgPixar animator Andrew Stanton said, “The greatest story commandment is: make me care.” Some of the most creative storytelling minds use this mantra when illustrating to increase audience engagement with their films.

Unsurprisingly, this approach can apply in modern learning, as well. How do we get our learners to care about our training programs?

Learning Strategist, Enzo Silva, and his colleague Kate Tronvig provided Virtually There learners with an easy-to-follow process during their popular session, “You May Not Be Walt Disney, But You Can Draw and Animate.”

Watch their session for tips and tricks around using popular eLearning design tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, eLearning, Instructional Design, Storyboarding, Modern Learning

Choosing the Right eLearning Storyboarding Tool

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 11, 2018 1:46:39 PM

52412336_s.jpgVirtually There Session Recap

“Build an eLearning course,” they say. “It’s what you’re great at! You can have it done by Friday.” Sound familiar? eLearning’s popularity as both stand alone instruction and part of a larger blend makes it a standard in many instructional design portfolios. Unfortunately, the “go do that thing you do” mentality reflects a general misunderstanding of the complicated nature of eLearning production.

When faced with such a disconnect, how do we design impactful modules with a limited budget and an overwhelming number of tools available for purchase?

Kevin Thorn, Chief Nuggethead and corporate training expert, provided a helpful framework for building an eLearning design, development, and production toolkit consisting of free and paid tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, eLearning, Storyboarding, Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Setting Up a Successful Learning Project With Good Storyboarding

Posted by Brigg Patten on May 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM

41675931_s.jpgStoryboards go back to the 1930s when a Walt Disney animator began using them to organize cartoon scenes. In eLearning, a storyboard is simply a script that includes text, images and notes about how a learner is expected to interact with a learning module.

When used in creative work, storyboards allow instructional designers and trainers to see the "big picture."

Before computers, storyboarding was accomplished by making drawings or writing text on sheets or boards that could be posted on a wall for review. Contemporary storyboarding is often accomplished by using slide presentations, which makes the components of storyboards easy to manipulate and share when a team must collaborate on a project.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Storyboarding