How to Organize Your E-Learning Content with Sticky Notes

Developing an e-learning course from beginning to end is a complicated, multi-phased process—there’s no denying it. Each phase has its own unique set of roadblocks that can challenge you and bring your project to screeching halt if you aren’t careful. This is especially true if you’re new to e-learning.

When I first started developing e-learning courses, my biggest frustration was how to take all of the content provided by my subject-matter expert and transform it into a development-ready storyboard that also met the learning needs of my audience.

After several failed attempts trying to write a storyboard from scratch, I realized that I needed to take a step back and look at the content from a higher level. I needed to create an outline. That’s when I decided to step away from my computer and grab a stack of sticky notes and a marker.

As I began to “digest” all of the content provided by my subject-matter expert, I identified each of the important topics and create a dedicated sticky note for it. From there, I started creating sticky notes for each of the sub-topics. Before I knew it, I had created a rough outline of my e-learning course.

By the time I refined and completed this sticky note outline, the task of writing the storyboard didn’t seem as overwhelming as it once had. I had a springboard to help guide me through writing each slide in my course.

If you’re struggling with how to organize your e-learning content, check out my video below to see how you can use sticky notes to get a jumpstart on your next e-learning project.


Tim Slade

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