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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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P12 Mastering the Art of Storyboarding for eLearning

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Tuesday, March 15


The art in storyboarding for eLearning is the visual design that shows the instructional flow of content. These storyboards are loose sketches or drawings to define behaviors, navigational structure, branching scenarios, or interaction behaviors. This preliminary process in the design phase aids designers when communicating with stakeholders on what the project will look like before development. Interestingly, the learning and development industry does not adopt this process as widely as it can.

Storyboarding is not a template. It’s a process that plays an important role in the initial design phase of an eLearning project. You will start the day by practicing a basic visual communication language. From there, you will develop a visual library that is internationally recognizable and easy to communicate. Next, you will introduce raw content and begin mapping out ideas on instructional flow, interactive behaviors, and overall user experience. Finally, you will refine your design and begin developing an instructional storyboard in preparation for development.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to sketch a visual library for storyboarding
  • How to visually map instructional flow and behaviors
  • Recognize considerations from designs you may not have seen otherwise
  • How to transform the art of their storyboard to a document review and development

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers. A basic understanding of instructional design principles assumed. No visual design skills required.

Technology discussed in this session:
Pencil and paper (or equivalent digital app), Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Kevin Thorn

Director of Development

Artisan E-Learning

Kevin Thorn holds an EdD in instructional design and technologies and is an award-winning eLearning designer and developer. He is the director of development for Artisan E-Learning, and principal owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC., a boutique studio specializing in consulting and developing custom learning experiences. Kevin combines his skills in technology, instructional design, eLearning development, illustration, graphic design, animation, video, and educational comics to develop innovative learning solutions. He is a well- known industry speaker and trainer in visual communication, eLearning development, and design workflows and is a certified facilitator in LEGO® Serious Play® methodologies. ?

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