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9 simple principles to get you on the road to E-Learning storyboard success

So how do you feel after completing 7 parts of this comprehensive guide?

Have we sufficiently quelled the imposter monster to give you the storyboarding confidence that you deserve?

I certainly hope so.

If you feel like you need to review any parts of the guide, use the table of contents below:

  1. What is an eLearning storyboard?
  2. Do you really need a storyboard for my learning experience?
  3. Who should see my storyboards?
  4. Where should I be storyboarding?
  5. When should I start storyboarding my learning experience?
  6. How do I create an eLearning storyboard?

Remember, a lack of drawing ability or graphic design experience might lead you to believe that you could never be successful at storyboarding for eLearning.

But remember some of the key principles we considered and the tips and tricks that will put the imposter monster in its place and put you on the road to effective storyboarding:

  1. A storyboard is a tool to communicate ideas visually. Stay focused on communicating simply and clearly to your intended audience.
  2. The storyboard is your friend. Use it to find problems and take appropriate steps to fix them early.
  3. A storyboard is key for your interaction with stakeholders, clients, and your team. Make sure they understand what to expect as development progresses.
  4. The medium is not the message. A tool may help you to create a storyboard, but people won’t care how you made it as long as they get the message.
  5. Storyboarding is a process, but don’t start too early. Start at the point most effective for the learning experience and least destructive to your time, energy, and morale.
  6. You might not need a storyboard for every learning experience, but there is always value in getting more storyboarding practice.
  7. Don’t quit if you think you can’t draw. You might not win an academy award but designing learning experiences that affect real change is a reward in itself.
  8. The perfect storyboard will not necessarily result in the perfect course. And frankly, the perfect storyboard probably doesn’t even exist.
  9. The storyboard is not the course. Users won’t interact with it so it doesn’t need to be Instagram-worthy. Make sure that the ideas that the storyboard communicates are simple, clear, understandable and repeatable.

So is this everything you will ever need to know about storyboarding for eLearning?

Of course not.

There will always be new apps and different ideas and approaches to the craft.

But these principles will lay a solid foundation on which you can continue to build.

What did you find in this guide that was helpful to you?

What did we miss or leave out that you feel is fundamental to storyboarding for eLearning?

Do you have a question that wasn’t covered here?

I’d be happy to read your comments down below so we can work together as a community to improve the quality of learning experiences for everyone.

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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.