Storyboards are an essential tool when designing computer-based training systems. They help keep developers, graphic artists, and subject matter experts all on the same page while working together. This can save you large amounts of time and money while avoiding truly unpleasant surprises. Tony Leonard explains all the elements of storyboards, and how to use them.
After the basic form, the question form is the most complicated. It includes places to record much of the information mentioned above. In addition, it provides places to record the question stem, up to four answer choices, and unique feedback for each answer choice. It also records, for documentation purposes, the names of the media files used for the question and feedback audio and sound effects that were used for this project. “Hmmm…” you may be saying to yourself, “I thought you had an audio script form?” Yes, there is some overlap between storyboards sometimes. For this project, we used both text and audio for feedback. The question form had the text and any graphics that were to be shown as part of the feedback, and the audio script had the same text as the question form. The only difference was that what was on the audio script form included some additional information that was specific to the final audio files.
This form resembles the basic form except for a small block in the upper right hand corner of the sketch area. This form is used to describe any animation and to show what the screen looks like as various things happen or in various states. The small block records a letter to show the order of the different sketches. For example, the first form, A, would show the initial state of the animation. B would show the first thing the animation is to do, such as moving a piece of paper from the printer to the trash can. C would show the next state, and so on. This level of detail is necessary whether the animation will be created right in your authoring tool or in an animation tool.
The Rest of the Forms
The rest of the forms are pretty self explanatory. The audio and video scripts have the same header and footer information as well as a more traditional split page format with the stage directions on the left and the text of the script on the right.
The glossary form simply includes a list of terms and their related definitions that would be put in the glossary. It also was used by the developers to search the authored screens and make sure they’d found all the instances of the term that were to be hyperlinked.