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training program. If you are going to develop a media based program such as avideo or computer based multimedia training program, your next step is todevelop a storyboard.
What is a storyboard?
A storyboard is usually a sequence of paper pages that detail the contents of atraining program by screens or frames.
How are storyboards used?
Storyboards are used as:
a lesson planning tool
a basis for projecting production costs
a guide for media producers (internally or externally)
the basis for gaining competitive bids (constructing RFPs)
the basis for preparing internal proposals
an inexpensive test platform for validating that your instruction works.In short, storyboards are a very powerful planning tool that pay big dividendswhen it comes to producing and implementing your training program.Let's take a closer look at storyboards as a planning tool.
As a lesson planning tool
Pages in a storyboard should be constructed to include every aspect andelement of your training program. Every sentence displayed. Every word whichis spoken. Every picture or graph shown. Every video sequence to be played.Every test question asked. As you build pages, you must also keep in mind thesequence and flow of your program. Break the program into "natural" sectionssuch introduction, overview, topics 1,2,3, and final test. Building a goodstoryboard is like designing a house. It allows you to see where everything willbe and how it will all fit together.
As a basis for projecting production costs
Let me say this once. A storyboard is a plan for spending money. And as such, itis your job to develop or carefully oversee the development of storyboardsused by your organization. As you develop your storyboard, be careful not toget carried away by the fancy effects that are now possible with manyadvanced types of media such as video, CBT and intra/internet trainingsystems. As you plan each element of your training, ask yourself this question -How is this media element (video segment, graphic, animation, picture, voicetrack) going to promote and insure that what needs to be taught is going to belearned? Be careful not to get caught up in the "theater" of training, and forgetthat training is a core business strategy for developing organizationalcompetence that must return value for monies spent.