The Power of Storyboarding

April 4, 2017
Whether storyboarding is looked at from a learning or business point of view, it cannot be disputed that it offers immense value to the pre-development phase of an eLearning project. Storyboarding refers to the instructional blueprint that guides a project in the right direction. It allows a designer to visualise certain ideas, and even test & share these ideas before they are executed for the real purpose. There’s always a huge possibility that without a storyboard, the essence of an eLearning project in question won’t be properly experienced by its learners. Most of the time, the storyboard is relegated to a corner and its full potential is not utilised. Before the production phase starts, sufficient time, energy and efforts should be put into the preparation of a storyboard. A storyboard need not only be visually appealing, creative and engaging, but should also demonstrate the appeal and overall experience of the product. Here are some reasons why a storyboard is so important in the eLearning process: 1) Stakeholders understand the design process better Any stakeholders or clients involved in an eLearning project will be able to understand the design better by looking at a creative storyboard. They will also be able to see if all the main points of a brief are followed through and whether everything is going according to the plan. A good storyboard must represent clarity, which will be required by a multi-functional team developing the product 2) Storytelling becomes more engaging Storytelling involves the creation of emotions and connections. With the help of a storyboard, if an audience can be moved on the right track, their experience with an eLearning project will be considered highly valuable. Additionally, they are most likely to even retain critical content better. Storyboarding is also known to be helpful in laying out compelling content in the most appropriate way, which makes things much simpler and more interesting for its audience. 3) Storyboarding helps in setting priorities It is difficult to revert and change things once a large chunk of the project is already in the development phase. A good storyboard usually directs everyone towards the right direction so that, when the production phase is set in motion, a lot of time, effort and budget isn’t wasted. 4) Storyboarding Aids Comprehension through Detailing At times, you are required to provide detailed instructions for your designs. This especially happens when dealing with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and their content requirements. Incorporating visuals like images, multimedia, and diagrams in a storyboard will help make the process smoother and more interesting for its recipients. This will aid the visualization of the content in a more effective fashion. The power of a good storyboard goes a long way in the eLearning process. Whether you are working solo or as part of a team, it needs to be an integral part of planning and conceptualisation testtest.