What Are The Benefits of Drafting an eLearning Storyboard?

When you’re in the early stages of designing and developing an eLearning course, you may wonder whether or not you should spend the time drafting an eLearning storyboard. After all, when you’re strapped for time, you may wonder whether the benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard outweighs the time required. 

While there are some instances when you may consider jumping straight into development, I’ve always found the process of drafting a storyboard to be beneficial. In this post, I’ll share three benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard. 

An eLearning Storyboard Can Help You Organize Your Content

One of the benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard is that it helps you organize your eLearning content. Tim Slade | eLearning Blog

After you’ve collected your learning content, it can seem like a tall order to transform it into a complete, learner-ready eLearning course. In my experience, taking the time to draft an eLearning storyboard is a great way to help you organize your content.

When drafting a storyboard, you have to think about how each piece of content will be visualized and structured on each slide. And of course, if you’re using audio narration, you need to script each word that will be spoken. Going through this process forces you to consider the value of each piece of content, which allows you to remove nice-to-know information. 

It’s Easy to Make Edits to an eLearning Storyboard

One of the benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard is that it's easy to make edits to the content. Tim Slade | eLearning Blog

I’ve always believed that designing and developing an eLearning course is a lot like building a house. And just like an architect starts by drafting a blueprint to plan the layout of the house, an eLearning storyboard lets you plan the layout of your course. 

One of the most inherent benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard (or a blueprint for a house) is the ease at which you can make edits. For example, if an architect is drafting a blueprint for a house and their client decides to move the kitchen, it’s just a matter of resketching it on paper. The same concept applies when drafting an eLearning storyboard—if you or your stakeholders decide they want to change, remove, or add content, it’s much easier to do it in a storyboard, rather than when you’ve developed the course.

An eLearning Storyboard Helps Your SMEs Focus on the Content

One of the benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard is that it helps your SMEs focus on reviewing the accuracy of your content. Tim Slade | eLearning Blog

When you’re designing and developing an eLearning course, you need your stakeholders and subject matter experts to provide regular feedback along the way. One of the challenges of doing this is that it’s easy for your reviewers to get distracted, providing feedback on the things you don’t need them worrying about at that moment (i.e., the colors of buttons, choice of images, etc.). 

When you’re in the early stages of designing your eLearning course, you need your stakeholders to validate whether or not your content is accurate. One of the benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard is that it helps your SMEs and other reviewers focus solely on the content, rather than the look and feel of your course.

The Bottom Line

Regardless of which type of eLearning storyboard you choose to use, starting with a storyboard can help you organize your content, quickly make edits, and focus your SMEs on the content first. 

What are some other benefits of drafting an eLearning storyboard? Share them by commenting below!

Tim Slade
Tim Slade is a speaker, author, and award-winning freelance eLearning designer. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, Tim has been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for his creative and innovative design aesthetics. Tim is a regular speaker at international eLearning conferences, is a recognized Articulate Super Hero, author of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook and creator of The eLearning Designer's Academy.

3 Responses to “What Are The Benefits of Drafting an eLearning Storyboard?

  • Hey Tim, great post!

    I used to almost never create a storyboard unless it was required by the client, but I have recently started using one and you’re absolutely right, it does help a lot and it’s easy to edit, and I find the development process takes me less time when decisions have already been made in the storyboarding process.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Veronica! While I typically use a storyboard, I do think there are some instances when it’s not required…it’s something I plan on writing about in a future blog post.

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