Scripting & Storyboarding

Here is a custom work sample build for Cornerstone OnDemand. They wanted to see how I would take technical documentation and turn it into an eLearning video deliverable for their clients, administrators on their platform.

The project parameters were to:

  • identify 1-2 learning objectives about the feature described in the technical information
  • include at least 1 assessment question that measures whether learners have achieved the stated objectives
  • conduct a SME interview to gain additional knowledge/clarity about the technical information
  • deliver a PowerPoint storyboard with embedded script

Here is the requested storyboard (now presented in PDF form), as well as the extra bonus voiceover script and plaintext working file that I used to create it.

CSOD-LX_interview

The plaintext file is probably the most interesting thing to see in terms of my process. Pretty much everything starts with a text file in my world. Why? Because it forces me to work on the parts that matter first.

In a plaintext file, we can’t format anything (not even bold or italics!), so we have to focus on the content itself. When left to my own devices, I write like this — even though it’s ugly and offends my aesthetic sense the entire time. It’s a reminder that aesthetics have no place in the early stages of the development process. Creation ain’t pretty, it’s messy. So I doodle all over my always-handy paper notebook, and get my textfile started.

One of the other key advantages with plaintext is that it is completely portable. Creating derivative assets is drag-and-drop easy. So making a powerpoint and a word doc (or an online course) is simple when I do it from a text file, while the other way around never is. I could extol on the virtues of plaintext for an entire article, and in fact, I have!

The first thing you’ll notice in this particular textfile is the header. This is a best practice in action from my Digital Learning Asset Framework initiative. It makes updates and scaling existing assets to new audiences faster and easier.

The last thing in the textfile and the presentation are the assessment questions. I’m happy to adopt whatever practices your organization uses, and I’ve written about my simple yet rigorous approach to generating them on places like LinkedIn and Medium.