Free eLearning Storyboard Template

Using an eLearning storyboard template is critical to the success of any custom online training project. Why? Because producing high quality custom eLearning is similar to producing a movie or documentary. Your narrator reads from a script, and your actors are the visuals including pictures, on-screen text (e.g., like bullet points), animations, and the like. Your narration script essentially tells your training “story” or “plot”, and the visuals you create should effectively reinforce and support the key concepts and themes for your course.


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This eLearning Network® Word-based storyboard template is free for you to use and share under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA licensing terms.

Why use an eLearning storyboard?

  • Easily align your narration script with the visuals that will be revealed/removed as the narrator speaks.
  • Request feedback and edits to the storyboard before spending time and money on audio and other media.
  • Communicate your graphical design ideas to the graphic artists so they know exactly what to build and why.
  • Most importantly – the storyboard serves as the official development blueprint that is agreed to and officially approved before investments are made in audio and other media production.
  • Keep the project in scope – once a storyboard is officially approved for production, you can easily distinguish between edits (errors made by the developer) and change requests (which are out of scope because the items were not defined at the storyboard level).

What every storyboard should include:

  • eLearning Narration Script: This is the word-for-word narration that ideally will be recorded by a professional voice talent. The Subject Matter Expert (SME) or whoever has final sign-off authority should be told to review the script carefully, because it will be read exactly as it appears and re-recording adds unnecessary time and expense to the project. Include a pronunciation guide along with instructions for any specific tone and inflection you may want your narrator to use.
  • Audio File Name: Be sure to tell whoever records your audio the exact file name you want for each audio file. This will make matching the audio to the corresponding graphics and eLearning slide number.
  • Graphic Design Notes: Match graphical design direction to the narration. This is fairly easy to do if you use PowerPoint or Microsoft Word to write your eLearning storyboard. The key is to document what you want to show on the screen as the audio plays back. If possible, we recommend that you create some thumbnail sketches and insert these mock-ups into your storyboard so that the reviewer/approver can understand exactly what you intend to create.
  • Detailed Instructions for Interactive Items: If you are including assessments or quizzes, be sure to include the question stem, answer choices (correct answer and distractors), and feedback to display upon correct or incorrect. Additional details can include maximum number of retries, inclusion of reset and solution buttons, and any other features you may want. You want your eLearning storyboard to essentially function as a blueprint that the eLearning developer can use to build the course exactly how you want it.