Getting Started: Is it Difficult?
If you’ve decided your e-learning course needs a good storyboard, how do you get started?
Even if you decide to do it yourself, you can get a lot of the tools and help you need simply by going online.
One great example of this is the e-Learning Designer’s Academy website, run by Tim Slade, which features numerous courses that will teach you step-by-step how to create the perfect e-learning course, including information on making a great storyboard.
These days, you can create very professional-looking boards of all types and sizes thanks to numerous online resources, many of which seem to make the boards for you practically.
Some of the resources that make storyboarding much easier include the following:
Storyboarder is a free tool that makes creating storyboards much easier. You can download it from the company’s website, and you can get to work on your board immediately. It doesn’t even require that you be a real artist to create boards that are neat and professional-looking. Some of its many tools and advantages include:
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Best of all, the program provides you with a large display of the boards and offers features such as your brush tools, which are at the top left-hand side of the
screen; your drawer of the different boards you’ve created, which is below the sketch pane; and the metadata panel, which is to the right of the sketch pane. You click on the tool you need to use it, and at the top right-hand side of the screen are your Photoshop tools, which you’ll use to do all of your editings.
Storyboarder is a fantastic tool that helps you create the perfect storyboard every time, and is fast, simple to use even for non-technical people, and best of all, completely free.
The company also offers a free version if you’d like to try it out, which allows for one project with up to eight scenes. Indeed, it is super easy to research this program and give it a try. It is very likely a program you’ll stick with, especially with the company’s improved features will undoubtedly deliver in the future.
Although Plot is not free, we think that the costs involved are totally worth it. It allows you to create high-end, film industry quality storyboards and for that, we have no problems paying for that level of quality and finesse.
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Everyone’s heard of Adobe Photoshop, and even though it costs a bit more than other similar programs – around $100, in fact – it merely does everything you need this type of program to do.
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So, there you have it, three varied platforms to use for storyboarding your courses, but each comes with their specific pros and cons.
Storyboarder is a terrific choice if you need a free, simple, and easy to use storyboarding tool which you can use with the click of the camera app on your phone. It pretty much gives you everything you need to map out your course content to understand how your concept will turn into a reality.
I like Plot. Yes, it will cost a bit more than Storyboarder (which is free), but it is definitely worth the investment with the additional features. It is a fully mobile responsive platform that allows you to quickly and easily create your script into scenes, making this a great choice if your needs in a storyboarding platform are more advanced.
Photoshop will take longer to produce due to it not being a dedicated rapid storyboarding program. Still, it will give you a much more robust design outcome and is worth considering even if used in conjunction with other programs e.g., such as Storyboarder and Plot.
Hopefully, this helps you in your decision. I have used all three, but I am using Plot to design my storyboards for my courses, which suits my needs perfectly.
Let me know if you have any feedback, and what storyboard platform you decided to use.
Hey, I’m Kris Taylor. I’m a Learning and Development professional currently in the healthcare field, with over 8 years of experience in the area of corporate education. I have created numerous instructional content for various corporate projects including eLearning, in-person facilitation, and virtual training across a wide variety of learning interventions and sectors. On Taughtup, I discuss topics ranging from how to succeed through K-12 to college all the way to instructional design tips for L&D designers.