Once Upon a Storyboard…

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I have not really covered any instructional design topics as of yet.  I thought I would discuss a crucial element of the instructional design process: the storyboard. Everyone has their own style and software that they prefer, (or must use) to create a storyboard.  In the past I have used PowerPoint and Word to create storyboards.  To the bottom right is an example of my first storyboard which was done in PowerPoint for an instructional design class.

When I first began to create storyboards, I did not really appreciate the impact it could have on training.  As I learned more about developing storyboards, I found that it can be one of the most rewarding parts of instructional design.  Creating storyboards can actually be fun if you have some creative freedom.   I am going to discuss some of the essentials needed for storyboarding before discussing some creative storyboarding ideas.  If I miss some essentials for developing a storyboard be sure to comment, that way I can add more!

Storyboards provide: guidance such as page #’s, title, &  module #’s, audio script, text, list multimedia, show interactivity, list objectives, show assessment items and answers, a section for notes, provide navigation.

Storyboards can be a good place to express creativity( if you have the option for creative reign).  Designers can create a story to follow,  a theme around the learning, or use a learning agent who guides you through the eLearning. 

Storyboards bring ideas to life (before they may become permanent).  I decided I would create a visual on some key reasons to have a storyboard, especially since storyboarding can be very visual!

Storyboards map out an entire project from screen to screen and can be outlets for creativity.

– Melissa.

One thought on “Once Upon a Storyboard…

    Pat Hentschell said:
    July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm


    Nice overview of the storyboard. In addition to the creation of the learning, the storyboard becomes the foundation of your project with the entire project team. The storyboard becomes the initial deliverable that can be used for content review by the subject matter experts, graphical input from the graphics developer, programming functionality if the course is electronic as well as the core document where a narrator will extract the audio script for recording.

    The storyboard document is a key project deliverable that fully defines the project. Properly developed and used by the team it can help streamline the development effort and keep the project on track once it is properly review and approved by the development team.

    Just a few thoughts.


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