Approaches to Using Comics in eLearning

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2017 - March 22, 2017

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead and Owner
NuggetHead Studioz

Searching for new and innovative ways to present content is an ongoing challenge for most instructional designers. If you’re stuggling with this yourself, you may want to consider using an inconventional option—comics and comic-style art. Comics are a great way to share content in an engaging and effective way, and their growing popularity has helped them grow in acceptance within L&D. That said, if you’ve never created comic-style content, it’s hard to know where to begin—particularly if you need assistance acquiring or creating your visuals.

In this session, you’ll find out what you need to know to get started with using comics and comic-like approaches in your projects. You’ll explore what ways the comic format works best for L&D and how to think about creating comics from an instructional design perspective, including specific approaches for leveraging comics in eLearning. You’ll then look at the production side and learn more about writing and planning, including how to storyboard a comic, as well as options for sourcing visuals if you’re not able to draw them yourself.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply the comic format to instructional design
  • How to understand the differences of various approaches to comics
  • How to plan and storyboard a comic to fit instructional design
  • How to source comic art or source talent to create the visuals for your comics

Novice and intermediate designers and managers. A basic understanding of instructional design principles is assumed; no visual design skills are required.

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