Share Your E-Learning Storyboard Templates #251

E-Learning Storyboard Examples #251: 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?

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you storyboard your challenge demo, check out the creative ways course designers are combining text and images in e-learning courses:

Combining Text and Images in E-Learning Design #250

Combining Text and Images in E-Learning Design #250: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

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Tracy Carroll
Jackie Van Nice
Jodi M. Sansone
Trace Symonds
Nicole Luckey
Jodi M. Sansone
Jodi M. Sansone
Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill
Karyn Jones
Joe Waddington

We have a two person team here. My co-worker works with the SME's and writes the curriculum for the course, and I create it in Storyline, create graphics and record audio or video as needed. Using a storyboard is how we share the information. I will work with them to help come up with ways to make the content interactive, and let them know what I can and can't do with storyline. I also help "plain talk" the narration so that it doesn't sound like we are reading out of a textbook. We've also found that using the storyboard helps keep the SME's focused on the content, rather than the pictures or graphics. If we want to bounce a presentation idea off the SME's, then I will create a quick prototype, and share it with them. If the SME's like it, then my parter will put a screen cap of it int... Expand

Paula Rademacher

I've attached the storyboard we use with clients. I find that often clients and SMEs are not very familiar with using a storyboard, so I think simple works well. I think showing color scheme, iconography, graphic style, and theme are helpful for the client, but content more important for SMEs. I have to admit that I don't always use a storyboard, but I do find that when I complete one, the development process seems to go much faster! 1) How do you define scripting, storyboarding, and prototyping? Which method do you prefer? For me, scripting is all of the text and/or narration needed for the project. If there is voiceover, I usually include that in the storyboard, but also as a separate file for the VO artist. Storyboarding is a working visual of what the project will look like and ... Expand

Farah Azadeh

Hello Articulate Community! When I prepare to create a new course, I like to have a storyboard because it allows me to get all my thoughts and images on paper. It lets me organize the course, assessments, and anything else I think is needed. Very similar to Jonathan Hill, I use a system where each scene goes on a piece of paper. ( I wish my budget was larger, and I could afford sticky-notes!) In addition to my paper and pencil storyboard, I have used PPT to create a basic outline. I use the transcript from my meetings with the SMEs as a script and adjust where needed. I have tried creating courses without an outline, and although they are good, they are better when I actually plan things. I'm als... Expand

Candice Pitman
Julie Grosclaude

Hello, I'm currently working on that question to scale bigger projects. 1) How do you define scripting, storyboarding, and prototyping? Which method do you prefer? a) Spontaneous answer I would say scripting is the first step, storyboarding the second and prototyping the third if we want the FULL process. Of course it always depends on the time and budget you have. These steps allow us to validate we share the same vision with the client. b) Deeper thoughts Scripting/Storyboarding/Prototyping could also be independant from one another. And we could use different methods to get results before starting the development. Storyboard > Usually if it's the same person that do the design and the development the storyboard could be done through Articulate 360 to gain time ... Expand

Nicki Berry

Thanks for this week's challenge! We use a storyboard but I'm not 100% that it is exactly what we need. Like many of you, I think I would find it less time consuming to just build and get regular reviews. I suppose that would effectively mean that I would use Storyline to storyboard, as well as build. Anyway, I'll share what we currently use. Just to put this into context, here is our process (in brief): 1. Scoping call/meeting with client to discuss and establish background, objectives, structure and other big picture details. This results in our 'high level overview', which is useful for ensuring that we all know what the purpose of the training will be. 2. Storyboard - SMEs send content in various forms and formats. Someti... Expand

Ernesto Yannini

Hi, everyone! For this challenge I’m sharing an infographic with general concepts of our creation process, which has improved with time and has brought us very positive results. I hope it can be useful for your projects too! This process has four stages: analysis and strategy, content, multimedia and implementation and trials. Everything starts with a detailed user profile analysis, which from it’s possible to identify learning objectives and define the didactic sequence to follow. Once this is determined, the next step is adaptation or creation of the content and development of the personalized graphic concept, according to the user’s interest and the produced content. At last, resources are programmed and tested for internal final users to evaluate their performance before and aft... Expand

Kelly Hamer
Andrew Geaghan
Mykhaylo Zakryzhevskyy
Alex Jinca
Teresa Vanderpost

I work a lot like Jonathon, I tend to have flipcharts and sticky notes and markers everywhere. But recently, they have implemented a new editing process. I now must have my SME send me everything in Word, then we look through all the content/script, and then put it in the storyboard and work with an editor to work on structure and substance edit before I can go into Storyline. I also used to design directly in Storyline as I am rarely given a lot of time. So here is hoping since they want a new process they will give me more time ;) wishful thinking.... I don't use google drive, much I hope this works... I should add the first page is like an overview/sample for the SME and then they start on the second page for their content. Expand

Kevin Thorn

Hi everyone! Wow! These are great. I got lost going through all of them and reading everyone's blog posts. So many creative and practical approaches. I probably take a more complex approach to storyboarding. Each project dictates on how to approach this process. Larger projects that involve a considerable amount of time in the design process may require a varying storyboards. Smaller projects may only need a single document. In the end, I see storyboarding as a process and not a single or set of documents. I teach a storyboarding workshop where I cover all angles of the process including different approaches and which templates to use when and how to implement the process into your workflows. In my work, every project has a minimum of three storyboards - visual storyboard (flow... Expand