New to storyboarding...I think!

Hello everyone. I have been a SME for about 5 years and have worked closely with an instructional designer. I have to admit I never really got involved with the ID process but had a basic knowledge. Now, I have been selected to work on a project where I have to know some basic ID to include storyboarding. In my experience being a SME,  the "storyboard " was a word document labeled content sheet. I filled it out and it magically appeared on the LMS. My question is what happens between the content, storyboard, and the LMS creation. Essentially, is a storyboard whatever you want it to be? Please break this down in simple terms for me. It would be greatly appreciated!

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Jessica Sundarlal

Hi LM,

You have the advantage of being SME, so that's great.

Storyboarding is basically looking at the content you have and deciding on the best way to present this information - in the form of training. How will your audience best absorb this information?

Will you weave a "story" , branching scenarios or game type elements into your content? Next is actually putting these ideas to paper, making use of images and/or text to design a logically flowing set of ideas or storyboard. You should also incorporate the look and feel that you want brought across. The level of detail depends on whether  the storyboard will be passed on to a developer, so screen instructions should also be included.

Check for storyboard templates in the downloads section to get you started.

Hope this helps you in some way.


L. M.

Thanks Jessica

I guess when I hear storyboard, it seems daunting like I have to draw and come up with cool, snazzy graphics. It seems pretty involved. This project will be passed on to a consultant, so I'm not sure how involved I will be in this stage. I was told I would need to create a storyboard. I will have the availability of a group of SME's so Im thinking I would be the "middle woman", liaison, project manager?

Jessica Sundarlal

Sounds like you will be the point of reference indeed.  Think of your role as creating the blue print for what the developer will build on.

Try and keep a methodical approach,

  • Articulate the look and feel either by description or use of images
  • Consider the overall navigation of the course and any special icons that learners must take note of
  • If you have a CI that must be adhered to, be sure to include this early on to avoid reworking of colour schemes etc down the line.
  • Be concise with each slide in terms of what information is relevant and how it should be presented on screen.

After a few iterations between yourself and the consultant,  you will become more comfortable in defining and collaborating on this process.

I'm sure you'll do great, all the best!


Martina Osmak

Hi everyone, great discussion going on here! I don't want to spam this discussion because the subject is just similar, not the same. But, since it really is close enough, I'd like to draw your attention to this thread (discussion on SaaS tool for Storyboarding) - . Maybe you have some ideas what features should be developed- which would help storyboarding to be effective, fast and easier.