Elearning Storyboard Templates

Storyboard Templates for E-Learning #48: Challenge | Recap

Whether you prefer scripts, blueprints, or rapid prototypes, chances are you’re using some type of storyboard to plan and organize your e-learning projects. In most cases, successful projects depend on the designer’s use of a storyboard.

Storyboards are also one of the most popular discussions in our forums. New designers ask to see examples, download templates, and learn more about workflows and using storyboards. Experienced designers share their favorite tools and tips while debating the use of storyboards and prototypes.

Regardless of your experience, storyboards are a critical element in the course design process. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to share an example of your preferred e-learning storyboard, blueprint, or scripting template. We want to see what you use and learn how you use it!

Share your storyboard templates

Do you have a storyboard template you’d like to share with the community? Great! Share your template in the comments and we’ll feature it in our downloads gallery.

Questions to answer

Whether you share a template this week or just want to join the discussion, I’d love to get your feedback on one or more of following questions:

  • How do you define scripting, storyboarding, and prototyping? Which method do you prefer?
  • Do you use different types of storyboards? When do you use each?
  • How do you storyboard interactivity?
  • What are your top three storyboard tips for new course creators?


You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to create your e-learning storyboard examples.


Here are a few resources to get you thinking about storyboards.

Storyboard templates:

Blog posts:

Forum discussions:

Share your e-learning work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your e-learning storyboard and blog post.
  • Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your e-learning storyboard.
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your e-learning storyboard process. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure. 
  • Twitter: If you share your e-learning storyboards on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.
  • Facebook: Reply to this Facebook post with a screenshot of your e-learning storyboard and a link to your template or blog post.

Last week’s challenge

Before you storyboard this  week’s challenge, take a moment to check out the e-learning call center demos your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:

E-Learning Challenge #47: Call Center Training in Online Learning

More about the e-learning challenges:

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help.

Andrew Sellon
Charles Hamper
Daniel Adeboye
Jackie Van Nice
Rebecca McGee
John Curran

I'm always so curious about how IDs go about storyboarding. Whenever I see a great e-learning module I always want to see the original storyboard. Sometimes the two look pretty similar - sometimes it's hard to imagine how one resulted from the other! I hate Word storyboards with a passion (some clients insist on using them but they always end up being too 'texty' - with too much focus on words and descriptions of visuals). For me I need the layout and creative freedom that comes with PowerPoint. I've searched for other storyboarding tools but never found anything that really works for e-learning. However I do use word for the Storyboard Outline. This is my initial scoping document with the key topics and learning outcomes plus rough timings. Once this is signed off I use a PowerPoin... Expand

Maggie Cowan

Late entry, I know! I'm going back through challenges to re-energize my creativity. This is a storyboard template that I created for a specific client. The client had very clear branding and ideas about 508 compliance. I started with their presentation template, took out things that didn't apply to e-learning, added e-learning specific stuff like the course introduction section and developer notes, and then created a slide for every activity we could use (and variants of them!). This worked well for the project because we had hundreds of courses that had to follow the same rules and include the same components. Additionally, the team member who wrote the storyboard may or may not have been the person who developed the Storyline file. So, developing activity styles and components u... Expand