Storyboarding Resources

Storyboarding for Learning Design Open Online Course (OOC) 

The Open Online Course (OOC) on Storyboarding for Learning Design was produced and jointly delivered by Art of E-learning and E-learning Monterrey from 12 January to 20 February 2015. The OOC was free and open to all learning designers and teachers.

Learning outcomes

  1. Define course and audience profile
  2. Select appropriate storyboarding tool(s)
  3. Review learning outcome statements
  4. Design assessment tasks
  5. Design a series of learning activities
  6. Conduct a learning resources audit
  7. Produce a storyboard that maps learning outcomes against assessments, activities and resources
  8. Produce action plan for for completing course design and development

All the OOC materials are available for self-study at

OOC Facilitators

The discussion forums were facilitated by the course designers, Gabi Witthaus and Brenda Padilla, with Jeff Stanford as co-facilitator. You can see our intro video here.

The OOC on Twitter

Twitter hashtag: #sldooc (Include @twitthaus and @BrendaPadilla for a reply)

Storyboard for the storyboarding OOC 

The storyboard for the OOC is available in a Google spreadsheet.

Links to course materials

Videos about storyboarding

Page updated 9 March 2015.



19 Responses to Storyboarding Resources

  1. Looks really interesting – potentially just what I want both to refresh old (but rather rusty) skills and take on some new ones using the latest technology.


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  4. Radhika Kumar says:

    Looks great, but i’m wondering what the time commitment is for this course so I can see if I can fit it in to my schedule?


  5. Dilrukshi says:

    Really looking forward, I have completed 22 MOOCs, and hope this will be another exciting experience, One thing would really love to have is the total engagement and peer support..


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  8. dilrukshigamage says:

    Just finish reading the week two materials. Gabi, Is there a impact on doing a story board all at once as a group together and one at a time editing , making changes one after the other.

    I see Proff.Salmons demonstration of story board , it is done with many at once. How do you do it if its you?


    • Hi Dilrukshi

      Yes, storyboarding is best done in a team. The one that I demonstrated on Linoit (for the Storyboarding OOC) was a summary of the process that Brenda and I went through together when we first designed the OOC. The demo that I did on Popplet (for a course on Online Academic Identity) was just an individual brainstorm. If I turn that into a course, I will bring in a partner or a team to help me improve and refine it.

      I think probably every course, and every course team, will approach the task of storyboarding in a different way. The process is also often dependent upon how easily you can meet. For example, Brenda and I are in different locations and different timezones. We usually communicate via FaceBook messages and emails, and we meet online on Google Hangouts once a week or once a fortnight. So most of our decisions are taken asynchronously (one of us creates something, then the other gives feedback a bit later, then the creator makes modifications, etc.), but sometimes we can solve a problem more quickly in Hangouts where we can talk it through. We created the Storyboard for the OOC on Google spreadsheet ( Sometimes we look at this spreadsheet while having a Google Hangout chat (in real time) and we both add things or edit the spreadsheet simultaneously. In between our Hangout meetings we both make changes to the spreadsheet. If we worked in the same building or even the same city, we would probably do much more of the process in real time together.

      Hope this helps.

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  9. dilrukshigamage says:

    Yes Thanks a lot I found this helpful.
    Just one more thing 😉 Is storyboarding for learning design is a new concept ? if so what are the other methods instructional designers follow..?


    • Storyboarding has been in use at Leicester University (and many universities in the UK) since around 2005, when the Carpe Diem programme was introduced by Gilly Salmon as part of a project funded by the UK Higher Education Academy. You’ll also see from the posts in the OOC forums that many people say they have been doing storyboarding for years, without knowing that this is what it’s called 🙂

      Storyboarding on its own is not a complete curriculum development approach, but is often used as part of a wider process such as the Carpe Diem workshop approach and the ‘7Cs of Learning Design‘ framework developed by Grainne Conole, which combines elements of the Carpe Diem approach with elements from the Open University’s OULDI initiative.

      These are the approaches that I am most familiar with, but there are many others, for example Diana Laurillard’s Conversational Framework, and Van Merrienboer and Kirschner’s ‘Ten Steps to Complex Learning Design‘. For more examples of approaches, the Wikipedia page on Instructional Design gives a good historical overview.

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  10. dilrukshigamage says:

    Gabi, Do you think is it feasible to have a online google hangout session with some of the participants ( anyone who is interested like me.) to discuss about
    1. Our story board
    2. About the course
    like a bairn storm session..? may be just before the last day of the course.


    • Hi Dilrukshi. That’s a great idea 🙂 As this is an open course, any OOC member is of course welcome to organise a Hangout for whoever is interested. I would love to join in if I’m able to (and I’m sure Brenda and Jeff would too), but I’m certain it will be a useful session without us too! If you want to organise this, you might want to try using to find a time that suits as many people as possible. You could put out a message to everyone on the Social Forum, via Twitter and so on, and I’ll also alert people to it in the next announcement if you like.


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