Storyboarding with Plan International UK

What is storyboarding, I hear you ask?

Before I joined inFocus, I didn’t know what it was either.

Storyboarding is a technique we use in the early stages of planning and building learning courses. It involves breaking down key learning objectives and planning the content in a course to meet those objectives.

Published: Ari Winfield 21st May 2021

It’s all about shaping a course into being the best possible learning experience for its users, to empower them with knowledge to use in real life situations.

At inFocus, we specialise in delivering bespoke impact measurement and management training for clients across the world, recent organisations including Rutgers, the EIB Institute, Spirit 2012, and more.

The storyboarding technique we use follows the ABC (Arena, Blended, Connected) curriculum design, created by UCL Digital Education (click here for more information on the approach), and the approach ensures a comprehensive and varied learning experience, with an array of different learning styles and formats, including:

  • –   Read, watch, listen
  • –   Collaborate
  • –   Discuss
  • –   Investigate
  • –   Simulate
  • –   Create
  • –   Assessments
  • –   Feedback/forward

We’re currently working with the amazing Plan International UK, a global children’s charity working in more than 50 countries around the world , to support them to develop a bespoke training course to upskill their staff in Impact Evaluation – so that the work they undertake can have the biggest possible impact on the lives of their beneficiaries.

We met virtually earlier in the month for a storyboarding session where we explored the key learning objectives, how many modules we might require, and how we could divide content into bitesize, manageable chunks.

With that initial frame in place, we are now exploring different learning formats, to ensure the course was varied, fun, accessible – using participatory techniques such as games, real-world examples, and interactive exercises to bring these complex topics alive.

We firmly believe that learning shouldn’t be passive experience – it’s important for users to engage and participate, putting what they are learning into practice.

We’re really excited to welcome Plan International UK to our amazing clients, and we can’t wait to see how their bespoke impact measurement and management course takes shape.

If you’d like to find out more about our bespoke courses, why not visit our e-Learning Lab? There you will find two interactive e-Learning courses free for our Impact Members (if you haven’t already, join our free Impact Community today!)

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