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What is Storyboarding?  Historically, the film industry has used storyboarding to map out film and video content. Developers of e- learning have adopted this powerful tool and adapted it to aid them in the development of engaging and instructionally sound training modules.

To storyboard e-learning content, think of your content in terms of screens. Each screen (page or slide) is usually comprised of elements such as a title, graphics, bullet points and narration designed to convey a part of the training message. Storyboarding is the development of the full series of screens.


Example of a Storyboard  <view>

This is a sample storyboard that we provide with our Power Book Builder product.  It is a good example of a storyboard.  What we love about using PowerPoint is that not only are we providing the content, but also the layout because PowerPoint is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).


Check out our two newsletters focused on Storyboarding

Storyboarding Part 1

Storyboarding Part 2


Rapid Development Tips  <view>

This is from a presentation that Robin made at TBCon in 2004, but the principles still apply today.  Look for expanded information on rapid development in future issues of Developer's Edge.

Download an example PowerPoint Storyboard Template  <view>

This is similar to the Storyboard template that we use everyday.  It might look simple, but you can see that it clearly defines the elements of the interface so that the SME doesn't put content in areas that are reserved for navigation buttons and other standard screen elements.  Be sure to look at the Notes view of this PPT so you can see where we have our SME's add notes and record other instructions for the e-Learning developer.

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