Instructional Design Templates for Storyboarding


Well, what is Storyboarding? It’s a visual way pre-visualize learning assets. It can be done in many different ways, digital (Word, PowerPoint, etc…, pen and paper, whiteboard, etc.. One of my favorite sites, has some great information has more information on what it is. Also, this pdf from Columbia shows the process of storyboarding for Higher Education.  Another great blog on storyboarding can be found at Most likely, you will not storyboard a whole semester or a large project, but you will find storyboarding helpful on a small project, that can add up to a larger project.

It’s frustrating to find one great template, especially for Higher Education. I found a template that I really like. It’s by eLearning Brothers, This website has a lot of great resources that you can use in your designs. If you have Captivate CC, you have access to all of their assets. This comes in handy if you need to create a Learning Asset on the cheap (which if you are in public Higher Education, is a must).

Along with their assets, they have lots of templates. The Template that I have used is the ID template. I think it’s robust and really has a great theory behind it. The template is free all you have to do is register. It is created in PowerPoint so you don’t have to pay for Captivate (or know how it works), or other software. It’s really is for an Instructional Designer rather than a developer (sometimes this is missed. Instructional Designers, although they can be, aren’t the media designer.

The only things that I would add to the template are; accessibility (is the project ADA compliant, the right use of closed captioning, can it be accessed by screen readers– all important areas especially in Higher Ed.), copyright (who owns the rights to the images, the content material, etc., and finally, what will the copyright be for the project.  These things must be identified up front, so they won’t be a problem after the learning asset has been designed.

If you don’t know how to approach storyboarding, have no worries the eLearning Brothers have something for you. It is called 8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard. I highly recommend it. eLearning industry has a good article as well. 12 Tips To Create Effective eLearning Storyboards.

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