Archive | June 2009

Storyboard Templates and Resources

storyboardFor the last week I have been in storyboard mode for a large course I am creating. Since grad school I have been using the same format for storyboards, when I do use them. Some projects benefit from use of storyboards, some do not, but that is another post.

The storyboard I use is a very simple, but flexible format that we used in my school’s ISD program. I have made a few small changes to it. Here is the template, which is made in PowerPoint, but could easily be made in MS Word too.

And here’s what I include in my storyboards.

In the main frame:

  • Textual content
  • Graphics (even if rough representations)
  • Screenshot or representation of animations, interactives, etc.
  • Buttons and/or navigational features
  • Page orientation

In the side frames:

  • Navigational info (i.e. where each button or link will take the user)
  • Text for pop-ups or rollovers
  • Media info (e.g. info about the animation, video, audio, etc.)

In the bottom frame:

  • Notes to developers, SMEs, or anyone else that may have access to the storyboard
  • Notes that won’t fit in the side frames
  • Any pertinent notes that don’t fall under “Navigation” of “Media”
  • Color requirements, screen size, graphic sizes, etc.

Storyboard formats very widely. The above happens to be the format I like, but here are some more storyboard resources you may find helpful:

Multimedia Storyboard – Studio 1151

Storyboards for eLearning – The eLearning Coach

Free Storyboarding Template –

Creating Scripts and Storyboards for e-Learning – e-LearningGuru

Really Fast Storyboarding for e-Learning Projects – Learning & Performance Tips

Example of a storyboard in MS Word – Learning & Performance Tips

It Came From Hollywood – Storyboarding

At the moment I am busy storyboarding a course. So, here is what I would like to share today…a great video about the history of storyboarding, how it is done in the film industry, and its benefits. Please pay attention because much of it translates to what we try to accomplish in e-learning.

Developing With Flash Lite Video Series

Dale Rankine recently launched the first video of his video training series for Flash mobile developers. If you are interested in developing with Flash Lite, say m-learning, you will want to check this out. The videos are developed for delivery on Adobe TV, but he is also making them available on Vimeo. Here the link,

I am looking forward to seeing more of these videos and will be adding this to my Free e-Learning page, of course.

New e-Book From e-Learning Guild

The latest e-Learning Guild e-book has just been released.

98 Tips For Selecting and Working With e-Learning Providers

FYI: All their e-books are free.

It includes 54 Tips for Selecting e-Learning Service Providers, 44 Tips for Working Successfully with e-Learning Service Providers, and an article by Evelyn Jackson, “Improve Outsourced e-Learning Quality with Consistent Standards.”

Android and Flash?

It was announced today that Verizon and T-Mobile are offering Motorola smart phones based on Google’s Android operating system. These will be available later this year. T-Mobile already offered one phone with Android, the G1, and will have the My Touch 3G during the summer.

Will these new Google Androids have Flash?

Well, according to Adobe’s 2nd quarter earnings call, they are releasing Flash for smart phones (Flash 10) this October. And it is expected to be on Androids.


View entire call

If Android phones have Flash, they will have at least this edge on Blackberry and iPhone. This includes the ability to deliver m-learning created with Flash.  I just can give up on using Flash/Flash Lite for delivering m-learning.

Where Organizations Go Wrong With e-Learning

A post on e-Learning Guild’s group on LinkedIn asked, “In What Ways Do Organizations Get eLearning Wrong?” This question really got me thinking. There are many organizations that get it right, but many get it wrong too. Here are my thoughts on pitfalls organizations must avoid.

  • Not knowing the difference between an e-learning designer and an e-learning developer. Companies that only employ staff with development skills will end up with courses that look nice, but are not instructionally sound. Note: If the budget does not afford both a designer and developer, then find someone with both sets of skills.
  • Letting subject matter experts write courses. Again, an e-learning/instructional designer is needed to create engaging, instructionally sound courses.
  • Not conducting a needs assessment prior to creating a course. A needs assessment, even if done informally, is the only way to identify the audience’s learning needs, if any. Too many training departments act as order takers and end up creating courses that are not addressing the solutions needed.
  • Not identifying if e-learning is an appropriate medium for specific training needs. Some things ARE best delivered in the classroom.
  • Creating page turners, ugh! Courses can be non-linear. And they should also be interactive and engaging.
  • Not evaluating courses.
  • Thinking e-learning is only __________. e-Learning is a breadth of training approaches. It is not just asynchronous online courses. e-Learning is also synchronous courses, blended learning, informal or social learning, etc. And within these there are many, many types of delivery mediums and approaches. And more on the horizon.

Feel free to add to the list.

Financial Education – What's Out There

I saw today that MasterCard launched  Learning Centres, which provides financial management tips for consumers. Are they doing the same here in the USA? I found they have a learning center on the U.S. site. And they have a DIY Guide for Young Adults. However, it markets their cards as much as it provides financial advice.

Full disclosure, I am employed by a financial institution, but I am also an advocate of financial education/literacy. As we has seen far too much of, people who are not up to speed with how personal finances, credit cards, and banking products work can get into extreme jams to say the least. And they are also easily taken advantage of .  So, here are some resources provided without any marketing from financial industries.

Money Smart – FDIC

Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning – University of CA – Irvine

Link & Learn Taxes – Internal Revenue Service

And to quote Shakespeare, “Neither a borrower, nor a lender be.”