Storyboarding Learning Content

Charl Fregona Advanced, Learning Series, WBLT

Planning online learning content
Storyboarding your ideas and content at the beginning of the design process is a useful step in achieving a solid e-learning experience for your learners. Storyboarding is essentially planning the journey your learners will go on, what they will see, do and hopefully achieve. In a sense, it is a roadmap of your e-learning design.

Storyboarding lets you take a global view of your content, which can help you see where you might break this content into chunks. It allows you to see what sections you might want, how your learners might move between these and where they ultimately end up. It also lets you look at what content fits best where and allows you to see how the learners are going to progress between elements of your design. It gives you a valuable opportunity to plan feedback and assessment opportunities and to think about how to scaffold for learners who may be struggling. If done well, storyboarding allows you to keep your learning outcomes at the forefront of the design process, ensuring that the journey you set up for your learner gets them to the end point with all the necessary information and skills for success.

Take a look at the infographic below on the EdTech Infographics site.

The Sh!ft e-learning article and infographic A Simple Guide to Creating Your First eLearning Storyboard can be found in the panel below.

8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard InfographicStoryboarding Learning Content
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Watch this short introduction video explaining the reasons why storyboarding your content can be helpful:

el@an at Nottingham University have a short introductory article to storyboarding for HE content:
How do I start to storyboard?

For further introduction to storboarding, read this LearnDash article about preparing your design:
Using Storyboards for Better ELearning

Gutierrez (2014) has a useful article for those designing their first e-learning project:
A Simple Guide to Creating Your First eLearning Storyboard

The University of York (2007) have an extensive article on storyboarding and planning for content development. View the web version below where you can also download a Word version:
A guide to content planning and development

The University of Leeds have a short presentation on design for VLE’s – pages 3 and 4 give some good advice on storyboarding and an example of a storyboard:
VLE training Designing your VLE area

We also have several accompanying articles on the eMatrix so don’t forget to view the related content at the bottom of this page.

Watch this short introduction video explaining the reasons why storyboarding your content can be helpful:
Scenarios and storyboards

el@an at Nottingham University have a short introductory article to storyboarding for HE content:
How do I start to storyboard?

For further introduction to storboarding, read this LearnDash article about preparing your design:
Using Storyboards for Better ELearning

Gutierrez (2014) has a useful article for those designing their first e-learning project:
A Simple Guide to Creating Your First eLearning Storyboard

The University of York (2007) have an extensive article on storyboarding and planning for content development. View the web version below where you can also download a Word version:
A guide to content planning and development

The University of Leeds have a short presentation on design for VLE’s – pages 3 and 4 give some good advice on storyboarding and an example of a storyboard:
VLE training Designing your VLE area

We also have several accompanying articles on the eMatrix so don’t forget to view the related content at the bottom of this page.

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