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Benefits of Storyboarding for Online Learning Course


Benefits of Storyboarding for Online Learning

This would be a course that educates learners on storyboarding. Storyboards are visual organizers. It takes a lot of time to write and format a storyboard. But there are a lot of good reasons for doing so. Here are the most important ones. To start, a storyboard gets everyone involved in the project on the same page, by indicating exactly what content is going to be developed and how. In this way, a storyboard is a joint agreement you make with your classmates. Because everyone is on the same page regarding content, a storyboard invites collaboration on the form the content will take and allows others to take part in the designing of the course.

A storyboard also forces you, as the instructional designer, to think about the structure and flow of your course. Why are you designing it this way? Is there a better way to present the information? By getting consent before anything is developed, the storyboard may reduce the amount of rework when the course is actually developed. Storyboarding takes time, however, it often takes less time than having to redo a project from scratch because it didn't meet the expectations of your intended audience.

The topics to be addressed in this course are as follows:

  • Topic 1: What are story boards? And why are they useful in the classroom?
  • Topic 2: The Writing Process and What's Involved
  • Topic 3: Creating the Storyboard

By the end of the course, learners will be able to create a storyboard using what is learned from the writing process in creating a storyboard. history storytelling quote



With technology on the rise today, the definition of what storyboards are has taken a step back to its meaning as a visual way to tell stories. Storyboards have started to appear more in one of the most incredible places which is our classrooms. The storyboard teaching strategy helps students keep track of main ideas and supporting details in a plot by having them illustrate important pictures in a story. Storyboarding can be used when texts are read aloud, or it can be used to help students summarize and retain main ideas of a story they have read to themselves. Checking the attentiveness and accuracy of students’ storyboards is a valuable way to assess our students in reading comprehension before moving on to more analytic tasks. Aside for only being used in English classes, storyboards can also be used in other general education classes as well. Storyboards can be used to strengthen a series of events for us to memorize events for history class, help to visualize natural processes in life science, or creating patterns to remember for mathematical equations, all by drawing and adding text to a storyboard.

What is to be Learned

Storyboards are extraordinary for any subject that requires students to memorize processes or visualize theories step by step, such as life science or mathematics. Teaching with storyboards can help teachers to quickly express difficult ideas to their students. Getting students acquainted with storyboards can speed up the process of writing and sometimes even speaking. Storyboards are also beneficial to remove obstacles that might exist in schools where English may not be the primary language spoken by some students. Storyboarding can be an immense aid in writing a paper, presenting a topic orally, or even summarizing a story. Instead of writing only words on index cards, students can also integrate drawings to help classmates visualize what their topic is about. Storyboards aren’t just meant to be used by secondary students but even students in the primary classes can create a version of this by listening to a story and then drawing the main events in order to summarize it through storyboarding. In addition, by teachers exploiting the technology that is being offered, students will become more appointed to create their own storyboards.

Learning Audience

Teachers and other professionals are the target audience for this course. They will teach lessons on how story boarding can be beneficial in the classroom.

Learning Content

The course will begin by explaining what storyboards are. Online education is becoming ongoing and is continuing to grow around the world. As technology continues to advance, so too does the level of communication, difficulty, and variety of multimedia elements. These essentials are involved in online courses and design. It is now time for course developers to look towards processes of attracting their instructional design in order to take into account these changes. Simple notes on paper no longer depict the needed elements of the online course development process. Storyboards are a resource to graphical representations to the layout, organization, content, and relation of information within multimedia online learning experiences. This mini course will describe the benefits of storyboarding in an online instruction environment. I have so many ideas in my mind concerning how I utilize and develop storyboards that I feel confident that I will leave some things out.


By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the relevance to build a storyboard.
  • Understand how to construct a storyboard.
  • Understand the main characteristics in a storyboard.
  • Understand the benefits of storyboards in the classroom
  • Understand how to be successful with using storyboards in their own classroom


File:Storyboard Curriculum Map90.pdf


Topic 1-- What are Storyboards? And Why are They Useful in the Classroom?.

Assignment 1. State what a storyboard is.


  • Watch the story of "The Purpose of Storyboarding".
  • Read "Why use storyboards"
  • Create a personal statement of what a storyboard is based on video and reading.
  • Discuss with colleagues in discussion area.

Assignment 2. Value of using storyboards as instructional tools


  • Looks at PowerPoint provided and determine what different types of storyboards there are and the different features that go with it.
  • Discuss with colleagues in discussion area.

Assignment 3. The advantages and disadvantages of storyboarding


  • Views examples of storyboards and the secrets of storyboarding.
  • Read Life in Education.
  • Discuss: How storyboarding benefits students in the classroom? with colleagues

Assessment— Reflecting on ways to storyboard in the classroom and how this is beneficial for students.

Topic 2--The Writing Process and What's involved .

Assignment 1.Brainstorm ideas for your storyboard.


  • Quick writing assignment on favorite season
  • Watches video on brainstorming
  • Answer questions in discussion
  • Reflect with classmates

Assignment 2. Learn how to ask questions and thinking about the 5 W's.


  • Create a topic for your storyboard
  • Look at different storyboard examples that uses the software that we will use
  • Discussion on answering questions regarding the examples
  • Reflect with classmates

Assignment 3. Picks a topic for your storyboard.


  • Make a diagram using different colored utensils
  • View PowerPoint on picking a topic
  • Discuss with classmates your topic
  • Reflect with classmates

Assignment 4. Making a diagram that lists the topic and important things to go along with it.


  • Writing down steps of doing something, a quick warm up activity
  • Picking a graphic organizer of your choosing
  • Watch video on Outlines and Storyboards
  • Have a discussion with classmates on questions

Assessment—Writing freely over a period of 2-3 weeks to see if writing habits change

Topic 3--Creating the Storyboard .

Assignment 1. Identify your Story


  • create two lists of 10 things you like and 10 things you hate
  • Watch video on Begin at the End
  • Post to discussion
  • Reflect with classmates

Assignment 2. What is going to be in your story


  • Create your 3 big ideas for your storyboard
  • Watch video Heroes
  • Post to discussion
  • Reflect with classmates

Assignment 3.Creating the Storyboard


  • Uses storyboard creator to make your own storyboard
  • Post storyboard to discussion
  • Give classmates feedback

Assignment 4. Giving your storyboard pizzazz


  • Add voice to your own storyboard
  • Watch video on capturing attention
  • Post to discussion
  • Help classmates with giving your feedback

Assessment--Have the teachers reflect on what they learned during the course and how they will apply what they've learned in the course to their own classrooms using the Today's Meet discussion section

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