What’s a Storyboard?

The storyboard is your North Star to successful instructional design!

Instructional designers rely on the storyboard for nearly all content development, design direction, and development guidance. Plus, it’s used to communicate to stakeholders—an essential part of the overall eLearning/course creation process.

Here’s a quick summary of our thoughts on the storyboard.

What’s a Storyboard?

In the instructional design space, the storyboard is a golden document that’s absolutely essential to the overall design & development process, and yet understanding its role and purpose can be a little tricky. That’s because it does a lot of things.

It contains the course copy.

The storyboard spells out all written content for the course. That means any words that appear on screen in the final course should be first drafted—then reviewed and edited—in the storyboard first.

It provides visual cues and ideas.

The storyboard also describes the designer’s vision and ideas for the UX/UI of the course. This could be described with words, or via rough sketches/visuals to help illustrate what will ultimately happen on screen.

It serves as a communication tool with stakeholders.

The storyboard allows the designer to communicate their vision, and gives stakeholders the opportunity to review, revise, and ultimately sign off before development.

It serves as a communication tool with the team.

Designers who write the storyboard don’t always develop it. A clearly-written storyboard can communicate creative vision to whoever picks it up to develop.

When it doubt, add more detail!

Storyboards are a multipurpose tool used by many throughout the development process. For this reason, providing as much detail as possible is key!


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