A Beginner’s Guide to Developing an E-learning Storyboard

A Beginner Guide to Developing an E-learning Storyboard

A Beginner's Guide to Developing an E-learning Storyboard

Storyboarding plays an important role when you narrate a story, be it a film, a video game, or an advertisement, when you want to convey a message.

What is a storyboard?

An e-learning storyboard is a document that combines instructions on using text, audio elements, still photos, videos, graphics and interactivities. A storyboard is just like the blueprint of an online course.

Just for a refresher, the ADDIE model that consists of 5 phases – Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate can be modified or changed according to the type and requirement of the organization using this model. In the ADDIE model, storyboard fits in the development phase.

Storyboard in PowerPoint

Storyboards are usually created in Word documents. The screenshot here shows a storyboard in the PowerPoint format. This format of storyboard gives the same look and feel of an eLearning course.

Storyboard in PowerPoint

Structure of an eLearning

    • Learning Objectives: Providing learning objectives at the beginning of the course will inform the learners of what is expected from them and will serve as a yardstick for measuring to what extent they have understood

Learning Objectives

    • Introduction: Set the stage for learners by giving an introduction screen. You can begin by telling them what, why, and how of the topic.


    • Content: It is the core of a particular lesson. Various instructional techniques are used to present the content. A range of media elements that suits the content is used.


    • Assessment:Assessments are used to reinforce the achievement of learning objectives. These assessments help in involving learners and gaining their attention. Therefore, always include assessment questions.


    • Summary: Recap the lesson by listing the main points. It helps the learners to memorize the important points.


Storyboard is the heart and soul of eLearning. Storyboards in PowerPoint format is just like the blue print of the course.


These are some of the do’s to begin with the storyboard development, hope you find them useful. If you have any other do’s or guidelines, do share your thoughts.

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