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5 Reasons Why You Need To Stay True To Storyboarding

 In eLearning, Instructional Design

There have been many articles and case studies highlighting the creation of learning (online or face-to-face) without the use a storyboard. The actual learning created without a storyboard may be of high quality and perhaps the planning/design phase of those projects took form in a method that does not specifically involve creating a storyboard, but rather a design document, or a technology to take the place of a traditional storyboard. Either way, when creating learning it is critical to follow the old adage:

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” and because of this, here are 5 reasons to still use storyboards:

1 Provides an instructional and graphical sense of the course. Storyboards help the client get a sense of what content will be used, how it will be displayed, how the learner will interact with the content, and the instructional strategies such as scenarios will be used. This helps alleviate the client’s fears of the unknown. In essence, the storyboard serves as the blueprint for the course and guides all people involved in the creation of the learning.


2 Identify errors at an early stage. It is during the storyboarding phase that most of the errors related to content, narration, media, and other relevant details are identified and revised. This saves the much necessary time, effort, and cost that could disrupt the development of the course.



3 Deciding on relevant media. It is essential to get the most relevant and appropriate media into the course to match the overall theme or message being portrayed. For example: Are the media complementing the content well, are they appropriately representing the content, are the required elements in the media available, are the required ethnicities represented, etc. Although difficult to fully visualize without seeing a pilot or prototype of the course, the storyboarder can select media for the client to view to ensure these are relevant.


4 Revisions may be needed. There is no such thing as a “final course” because updates, at some point, will need to be made due to a variety of reasons. Having a updated version of the storyboard allows changes to be made to the blueprint so that progression can be noted.



5 It’s good practice. You would never see the development of a building without an architectural blueprint. Perhaps creating a course is a lot less vigorous than constructing a building however the design phase of any project should never be overlooked. It is good practice to perform a thorough design of the project at hand and to take pride in that design.

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