By: Dani Watkins On: July 18, 2013 In: Blog Comments: 1

This week I participated in two #ASTD chapter events, both on using templates and storyboards. While I have been doing instructional design for a long time, I always attend these types of activities because if I can learn one new thing that will make me more productive, it is well worth my time.

Our work typically is on the eLearning development end of things. And I am in complete agreement that storyboarding is a step that can’t be missed. It forces you to plan, sequence, and apply a consistent approach to laying out the content that not only you can interpret, but has enough detail to pass along to your client/customer and developer. It communicates the flow, accuracy, and treatment of the content.

However, our team has really moved to doing all of our storyboards in PowerPoint. We have moved away from the traditional Word storyboards. We find that we can communicate our ideas better to our clients (especially if they are new to eLearning), get better feedback from SMEs, and develop faster because it all imports into our tool of choice #Storyline. I really thought that many eLearning instructional designers used a similar approach.

However, maybe not? I am curious what other IDs out there use for their storyboards. Let us know.

Here is a sample of one slide of our storyboard template


Dani Watkins
Dani Watkins, Chief Learning Experience Officer
Zenith Performance Solutions
Dani Watkins is the Chief Learning Experience Officer and owner of Zenith Performance Solutions. She has designed and delivered instructor-led, eLearning, vILT, blended, and 3D Immersive training courses for business skill, proprietary, and technical content across many industries. She most recently was awarded the 2014 Bronze Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award for Best Custom Content. When she isn’t igniting learning experiences, you can find her hanging out with her family or running a Colorado trail.


  • ileighanne
    July 27, 2013

    I started only using PPT storyboards years ago. I have found that most SMEs can’t understand Word storyboards but PPT seems to be very easy to understand. Nice sample!


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