Storyboards are most commonly associated with video production projects such as music videos and movies.
But instructional designers can also benefit from the use of storyboards. By carefully conceptualizing what your course will look like, and determining what content should be a part of your curriculum, you can develop a tighter, more focused and fully fleshed out training program.
Your Storyboard Will Serve As Your Blueprint
No filmmaker begins filming their masterpiece without a clear idea of who and what they’ll be shooting, where, and when. Without this knowledge, the filming process can easily become disorganised, cost more money, and take more time than it would have in the first place.
Similarly, as an instructional designer or course author, your storyboard will serve as your blueprint for the course you’re developing. With it, you’ll waste less time thinking about what material to cover, which will allow you to progress from start to finish a lot quicker.
If you do not have a blueprint, you will end up having to do a lot of editing and revising later. This isn’t to suggest you won’t edit and revise either way, but if you lack direction, you will waste more time and resources getting to a finished product.
Your Storyboard Will Help You Shape The Structure Of Your eLearning Initiative
No matter what type of training program you’re developing, there are some key things you need to know, such as what your audience’s learning needs are, what approach you need to take to the instruction, what their learning objectives are, what order the modules should go in, and so on.
To extend the filmmaker metaphor, a filmmaker spends a lot of time thinking about similar elements, such as who will be watching their movie, how to tell the story, what they’re hoping to achieve with the movie, what message they’re trying to get across to their audience, and so on.
The structure of your course is key to delivering the key information you need to. If your modules are out of order, or if there are leaps in logic, it’s going to be difficult for your students to latch on to your teaching material. Spending an appropriate amount of time in planning will speed up the development process and prevent you from reinventing the wheel when you don’t need to.
Your Storyboard Will Help You Develop A Fully Realized Course
It’s unfortunate that so many products get rushed to market before they are ready. Even in the filmmaking world, it happens a lot.
When you see a half-finished project, you can’t help but feel a sense of disappointment. You say to yourself, “it could have been so much better.” But it isn’t, and it won’t be, unless you’re given another chance to prove yourself.
A fully realized course is one where the material is just right. It’s in the right order, it’s complete, and there isn’t more information than the student requires to learn what they need to learn. It’s one where the student isn’t jarred out of the moment because there’s something missing, or there are concepts that aren’t clearly explained.
If you’re a third-party contractor or course developer, your client will likely require a proposal. If you have a storyboard ready, you likely won’t require anything else. Developing a storyboard will demonstrate that you have a clear understanding of the audience and have identified what they need to learn.