I recently reconnectd with Anne Derryberry, whom I’ve heard speak at conferences in the past. She posted the other day about sweating the small stuff (echoing Michelangelo, who apocryphally said that trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle).
She was talking in part about how inadequate paper storyboards can be. That reminded me of something I worked up for a client who’d never done online learning before. I knew from painful experience that storyboards aren’t the best tool to help the client visualize the end-product; all too often, the finished, coded course turns into the first draft.
So I worked up what I called an interactive storyboard–really, just a PowerPoint slideshow with hyperlinks in it. The goal was to show how a learner would work through one of the ethics scenarios that would form the basis of the course. We wanted to let each person mull over the ethics question (based on real-life ones supplied by the agency’s legal department) and decide whether and how to find out more.
As a storyboard, this let the stakeholders–most of whom were not training developers–see firsthand how their concerns and ideas would appear to the people who would complete the ethics training.
If you’d like to see, here it is (it’s PowerPoint; run it in slideshow mode). Don’t click too randomly– I didn’t do error trapping. You have to click in the right places, though you don’t have to choose the right answer.
If you didn’t look at it, you certainly won’t want to after you see what Anne posted. (Click the image to go to her post.)
She’s not only serious–she’s good.