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  • Ruslan Karimov

Storyboarding Step 4 - Start Sketching


Welcome back to our instructional design series! Have you ever tried to convey a complex idea without any visuals? It’s challenging, right? In this step, we’re diving into storyboarding sketching, the phase where your e-learning content begins to take shape visually. This creative and iterative process will help you map out the learner’s journey through your course, ensuring clarity and engagement from start to finish.

Why Storyboarding Sketching is Essential

Storyboarding sketching helps you visualize the flow of your course and ensures that all elements, from visuals to interactions, are cohesively integrated. It allows you to spot any gaps or inconsistencies in your content and make necessary adjustments before moving on to the development stage. This practice ensures a smoother development process and a more engaging learning experience for your audience.

Steps to Start Sketching

Choose Your Storyboarding Tool

You have plenty of options here, ranging from good old pen and paper to specialized storyboarding software like Storyboard That or Boards. Even simple tools like PowerPoint or Google Slides can be effective. Choose whatever you’re most comfortable with, and that best fits your project needs.

Sketch Each Scene

Focus on Key Visuals

Indicate Text and Interactions

Consider the Flow

Incorporate Interactivity

Review, Revise, and Repeat


Sketching is a crucial step in the storyboarding process that brings your e-learning course to life. By choosing the right tools, focusing on key visuals, indicating text and interactions, considering the flow, incorporating interactivity, and continuously reviewing and revising, you can create a compelling visual story that guides the development of your course. This structured approach not only makes the development process smoother but also enhances the learning experience for your audience.

With your storyboard sketches in hand, you are now ready to move forward in the storyboarding process, ensuring your course is engaging, cohesive, and effective.


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