It is no big secret that most professionals, regardless of occupation, have a set of favorite tools that save them time and help them do their job better. A well-crafted toolbox saves you time, makes routine tasks easier, and helps you do your job with a smile. E-learning professionals are no different. Let me introduce five free apps...
You will be well served by making a habit of drafting a rough scheme of the course before starting any actual work on it. This draft should outline the main pages of the course, and will aid you all the way throughout the course creation. E-learning professionals call such drafts “storyboards” and use them extensively. Let’s take a closer look at what storyboards are, and how you can use them to start building better courses in a more efficient manner.
In part 1 of the article we took a look at storyboards, their purpose, and the best ways to start working with them. Today I will give you some advice regarding best storyboard creation practices, and also explain in what situations you will be best served to not use them. I will begin by reminding you that a storyboard is something like a schematic of your course that displays its main ideas and sometimes even its design in a clear and demonstrative manner.
In a nutshell, ADDIE is an acronym where every letter corresponds to one of the model’s main phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The ADDIE methodology was developed in Florida State University’s Center for Educational Technology back in the seventies. Initially, the model was meant to be used in the US armed forces, a fact to which it owes its streamlined processes and clear delineation of phases. Despite being nearly forty years old, the methodology has not fallen out of use; indeed, it has remained the leading eLearning methodology to this day.