Real Life Lessons on Storyboarding

Storyboarding first started in Walt Disney Studio, way back in the early 1930s. Animator Webb Smith kept it simple; he drew scenes on sheets of paper and pinned them up on a bulletin board to tell a story in sequence. Today, storyboards are used for all kinds of planning—including your e-Learning development!

At the 2014 Lectora® User Conference this year, Michelle Megan and Veronica Rodriguez showed a case study of how they use storyboarding at Frost Bank. They also gave us tips for simple and effective storyboarding.

Michele and Veronica shared the lessons that they learned along the way with us—about why storyboarding is so important for team e-Learning development. Here’s what they said:


  • Eliminates confusion or arguments about content, images and overall end-user experience.
  • Keeps your entire team on the same page—before development actually begins.
  • Gives your team a chance to provide input and have accountability. 
  • Expedites the development process.

Lectora User Tip: As a developer, your active involvement in the storyboard is critical for 2 reasons:

  1. You’re able to redirect design from a technical perspective.
  2. You need to know the full intent of the design before you start developing the course.

Try storyboarding for your next e-Learning project, and see how it benefits your team. Remember, even a simple storyboard can be effective—just like at Walt Disney Studio.

Want to read more about storyboarding? Try this great blog post: Storyboarding Online Training Courses with Your Team.

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