So you want to create a storyboard for your new e-learning project? Most of us begin this process with only a manual, a slide deck, or a stack of material, and the idea of being creative and engaging can seem incredibly challenging! Here are some of my tips to get you started…

Firstly, get a feel for your overall LMS course by asking yourself these questions:

  • Who is your audience and what will appeal to them?
  • What tone should the e-learning have; formal, instructional, humorous?
  • Where will your e-learning environment be; a simulated world, a presentation by an avatar, an interactive system?
  • What are your key learning objectives?

 

Once you have the overall theme of the e-learning course you want to build, break it down even further by fleshing out each key learning objective one at a time. I like to use TIPAR – Think, Input, Practice, Assess, Review – as a way to ensure a meaningful experience for the learner. Remember to use your theme to help you stay on target!

 

T – Get the learner THINKING about the topic

Before handing them the information, take a moment to get the learner thinking about the topic and their own experiences. This is great for adult learners as it allows them to draw from their current knowledge and build on it. Getting them thinking may be through posing a question, playing a video, outlining a scenario, playing a song – any of these things will get the learner in the right state of mind!

I – Give them the INPUT

Once they are in the right frame of mind, give the learner the input they require for the learning objective. This works well presented as key information, bullet points, or sections that can then be expanded upon. Use examples or scenarios that work in with your theming to make this section engaging.

P – Allow them time to PRACTICE

It’s not enough to just give the learner the information and hope they will retain it, you need to put it into context and give them a chance to have a go – this is the “use it or lose it” section! Create a scenario they need to engage with, simulate the system environment, or even just give them a chance to respond to what they have just learned.

AASSESS their understanding

Once they have had a chance to practice using the information, you need to ascertain their understanding through an assessment. Just remember that this step can be fun too! Forget your multiple choice questions – instead try having the learner help someone new in their team, create puzzles with key terms, ask them to reorder a process, or even to explain something in their own words.

R – Take a moment to RECAP

Before you move on to the next key learning objective, take a moment to recap the key learnings. This could be as simple as a summary statement, a video, a resolution to the scenario provided, or even a prompt to have a real life conversation with a colleague or team leader.

 

Take a moment for yourself now, make a cuppa, and congratulate yourself on planning one key learning objective that will be relevant, engaging and fun! Then get ready to use the same model for each objective, and you’re on your way to having your e-learning storyboard complete.

Ellen Valvasori is eCreators Digital Content Manager and leads the development of many modules across a range of industries and subject matter.


I love webinars. They provide such great opportunities for learning and connection that you just can’t otherwise get.

The term “webinar” comes from the two words “web” and “seminar”. As you can probably guess, it’s essentially a one-way presentation that is done using web technologies like anymeeting.

One really great thing about webinars is that they don’t have to be live. They can be pre-recorded and delivered to your learners or audience at a time that is right for you and for your attendees. If you’d like to do a Q&A session following the pre-recorded session, you can always jump in at the end! And based on the stats, most people find those Q&A opportunities incredibly useful.

Webinars are great for a variety of different purposes – for generating sales, for growing your online following, and of course, for delivering information that your audience wants and needs. Did you know that 60% of marketers are using webinars as part of their content marketing programs (ReadyTalk)?

But the question remains: are webinars good tools in the e-learning process? Let’s take a look.

Creating A Connection With Your Audience

With webinars, you can share information with your attendees in a variety of different ways. This can make learning a lot of fun!

You can use PowerPoint presentations to present your workshop in a simple and direct way. You can live stream video and create a personal connection with your audience by showing them your face. You can transfer files, conduct polls and surveys, live text chat, and share what’s on your desktop for reference.

This makes it easy to create an interactive experience for your LMS training course participants. You can keep things interesting by using the various tools that are at your disposal.

The Benefits Of Webinars

We’ve looked at how you can connect with your learners using webinars. But you’re probably wondering what other benefits and advantages they have to offer, right?

Here’s why webinars are so cool:

  • You can reach a large number of people all at once. Plus, you can record your webinars and expose them to even bigger audiences later.
  • You can easily share information to people on a global scale.
  • Webinars are cost-effective. No one has to spend on travel, and from course creation to promotion, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great return on investment!
  • Learners can take in the information from the comfort of their own home. This can help with absorbing and retaining the information you present.
  • Webinar tools are usually very easy to use and don’t require you to download software.

Different Ways You Can Use Webinars For E-Learning Development

So far we’ve talked about how you can present one-way presentations using webinar technologies. But there are other neat things you can do with webinars.

You can use webinars to present e learning trainingcourses or online workshops. You can hold meetings, seminars and even conferences. You can use it for collaboration or for information sessions. And you can also give lectures and presentations.

This flexibility is so important in an e-learning development context, and something you should be looking for in any tool you use, including a Learning Management System (or LMS).

Potential Challenges

There are basically three major considerations when it comes to giving an effective webinar presentation. They are:

  1. Technical challenges. Issues can sometimes come up in connection with signing in, incorrect passwords, software, audio issues, internet connectivity, and so on.
  2. Holding the attention of the learners. Since they can access the webinar from wherever, there could be distractions that get in the way of their learning experience.
  3. Presentations. Presenters have to master a style that works with webinars, which isn’t necessarily the same as classroom environments.

Conclusion

Are webinars effective in for e-learning development?

When you really think about it, it’s pretty amazing how well webinars fit into the e-learning ecosystem.

One thing to be thinking about is whether or not you want to use just webinars to relay course information, or to integrate them with other material.

But I think we can all agree that there are some major advantages to webinars in e-learning.