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Storyboarding can happen wherever you prefer but the medium is not the message. Use the tool that works best for you.

Storyboarding can occur in a variety of ways using several different mediums.

The reality is that you can storyboard wherever you want.

The first thing you want to do is make sure that you understand yourself.

Do you generally like to jot down ideas, notes, or lists on paper?

You might try downloading a simple storyboard template online, printing it, and sketching on that.

Are you handy with a tablet and stylus?

Just open the storyboard template in a PDF app and get started.

Are you the SaaSsy type?

There are plenty of programs and apps that will get you storyboarding in no time flat.

Keep in mind: most storyboarding software is designed for storyboarding movies and videos, not learning experiences.

Because learning experience design uses different software and vocabulary than video, some of the traditional or even popular storyboarding apps might not be appropriate for your use.

So rather than provide you with a list of apps and software that fluctuate between free and absurdly expensive, remember this tip: The medium is not the message.

A tool may help you to create a storyboard. But the tool is not the key.

The key is communication.

Since there is more than one way to communicate, there is logically more than one way to storyboard.

Whatever tool you use, ask yourself:

  • Does this tool facilitate my ability to clearly and simply communicate my ideas visually to my audience?
  • Does it have the features that I need to include the information necessary for my storyboard?
  • Is it simple to use?
  • Does it fit into my workflow? Does it output a format that I can send to someone else or am I locked into their proprietary ecosystem?

Remember: a tool is of little value if you have no message to communicate. Make sure your course goals, content, and intent are solid. Then use the tool that fits your skillset and budget.

It may take a few tries for you to choose between ‘Dewalt,’ ‘Milwaukee,’ ‘Makita,’ or ‘Ryobi.’ But once you find a good fit, stick with it and storyboard to your heart’s content.

Next: When should I start storyboarding my learning experience?

Further Reading:

The Comprehensive Guide to Storyboarding for E-learning—Part 03: Who Needs to See My Storyboard?

The Comprehensive Guide to Storyboarding for Learning Experience Design: Elevate Yourself from Mediocrity to Master. IDOL Courses Academy. April 12, 2022.

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Brian Harris

Brian Harris is the Chief of Design and Development with Brilliant Educational Services. He specializes in producing learning experiences and educational materials that are engaging, entertaining, and effective.