From E-Learning Faculty Modules


Module Summary

Storyboarding is a concept used in the film and video world and have been adopted by instructional designers in the world of elearning. Storyboard is the processes of how an elearning course will function.


Learners will...

  • describe storyboarding
  • discuss the importance of storyboarding

Main Contents

Before developing an elearning course, storyboarding is necessary. Storyboarding is like creating a "blueprint" for the course before the content can be added. Instructors should take the time to plan each week based on content covered; activities completed by students and submitted readings, message board discussions, and other assignments. Images, audio and video to be used should be organized in this stage.

Storyboarding is commonly known as the “brainstorming phase”. The SME (Subject Matter Expert) and ID (instructional Designer) draft the structure of the course and revise it and add multi-media such as graphics, audio and even video. Scope and sequence, linear or branching options, navigation, looks and consistency of course structure is decided here. Edits can be made several times before the final product is developed and made available to students before the onset of the course.

This phase can take time initially, but as an instructor goes through the development phase, this helps them stick to a plan based on the goals and objectives of the course and also get an accurate estimation on the development time without any confusion on the path, process and cost. Errors can be minimized when project members are all on the same page.

If several members are working on a project, a story board helps to resolve questions, confusion and errors that can delay a project or increase costs during the course development, everybody is on the same page.


How To

A simple pen and paper can be used to start the storyboarding process for a course. Simple use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or complex software of Visio, and Captivate can be used to create a blueprint for the course.

Possible Pitfalls

  • Avoiding this process involves the following:
    • Going back to the drawing board and reworking the development of the course
    • Wasting of time and delay in completion of the project
    • Spending time filling in the "gaps" missed out in the planning process
    • Confusion amongst team members who are working on the development of a course together
    • Frustration because a development path has not been established