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Essentials of Storyboarding for E-Learning

Document your design for maximum efficiency.

Whether you work solo or are part of a team, storyboarding an e-learning project is an essential tool that helps guide the development process toward a successful finished project.

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Credits: CEU 0.45 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): E-Learning Professional More
Language(s): English


Course Info

Whether you are working solo or as part of a team, a storyboard is critical because it provides a map of your design and includes essential information for successful development. A good storyboard is not only a helpful guide for the development process, but also a record of the final project for post-production management.

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Whether you are working solo or as part of a team, a storyboard is critical because it provides a map of your design and includes essential information for successful development. A good storyboard is not only a helpful guide for the development process, but also a record of the final project for post-production management.

In this course, you’ll learn the essential best practices and methods for storyboarding your e-learning designs, including using various templates, visual storyboards, style guides, and tips for setting up a storyboard specific for an authoring tool. You’ll focus on the fundamentals of storyboarding as an art rather than a rule, and acquire processes you can implement to be more efficient and quicken e-learning development time. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Explain the progression of the storyboard.
  • Describe the various types and templates of storyboards.
  • Define what goes into a storyboard.
  • Create a visual storyboard.
  • Produce a storyboard style guide.
  • Assemble a storyboard workbook.
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The Essentials Series

ATD’s Essentials Series Annual Pass offers a flexible and affordable way to increase your performance via interactive, online learning taught by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.

Topic 1 - Storyboard Innovation
Evolution and Progression of the Storyboard Over the Past 75 Years
Storyboard Types: Microsoft Word vs. Microsoft PowerPoint
Pros and Cons Storyboard Types: Audio Narration and Video Production
Storyboard Type: Animation
Storyboard Templates
Topic 2 - Creating and Assembling Storyboards
Three-Column Storyboard
Using Microsoft Word
Using the Notes Section in Microsoft PowerPoint
Best Practices for Development Notes and How to Use Them
Tips for Documenting
Visual Design Standards
Topic 3 - Style Guides and Preparing Storyboards for Development
Style Guides as Supporting Documents to Storyboards
The Importance of Asset Management
Good Naming Conventions and Best Practices for Managing Assets
Assembling a Storyboard Workbook for Stakeholders and Post-Production Archiving
Who Should Attend

This course is for professionals who want to improve their e-learning development projects. Whether you are an instructional designer or an e-learning developer, documenting the process of your designs will ensure efficiency and accountability of your projects.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resource specialists.

Level: Foundational
Roles: E-Learning Professional, Instructional Designer
Language: English
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Dates & Locations
  • Apr 08-22, 2020
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Essentials Workshops
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and any applicable credits. Please note that viewing a recording will not fulfill the attendance requirement. Participants who fulfill all program requirements will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

All sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program for your review.


4.5 Learning Hours

0.45 CEUs awarded

Up to 4.5 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 4.5 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.


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