How to create your video training course: step 4/8: Storyboard

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We hope you are excited as we are to continue this journey through the process of creation a video training course: it is now time to talk about the storyboard.

Here’s a quick summary of the previous stages: first step: scope (mission statement; know your audience; gather your sources), second step: structure (create the sequence; define modules and chapters; allocate content) and third step: script writing (the navigation tool for the actual shooting; a detailed enactment of every single aspect in your video). If you have followed these steps, you are now ready to draw up your storyboard.

You are probably familiar with the visual aspect of the storyboard. It looks like a comic strip: it is a sequence of drawings that represents the shots that have been planned for a film production. Storyboards are important because they facilitate visualisation. You can think of the storyboard as the visual map of your video training that will help you shape the vision and the flow of the content you want to get across. Drawing a storyboard is a creative exercise that helps you visualise the scenes you will need, the order in which you’ll shoot them, and how all the different visual elements (actors, animations, screencasts, pop-ups and captions) will interact with the actual script.

As you create your storyboard, you will be drawing and sequencing your learning strategy while combining learning choices, the script and your visual identity.

A storyboard doesn’t have to be an elaborate masterpiece – you can make it more or less complex visually. What is truly important is to make sure the content delivery strategy comes across.

How to create a storyboard for video training?

1. Create a template
2. Apply the course visual identity
3. Create a cover page for each module and chapter
4. Think about your openings and closings
5. Approach each topic in turn
6. Identify all the shots


 1. Create a template

To create you storyboard you can use a PowerPoint template, where each slide is a frame and use the notes area to add the script related to each frame and additional notes.

If you want to make a quick and easy storyboard you can also create a series of rectangles on a piece of paper or on a white board, as if you were about to create a comic strip. Make sure you allow for plenty of room for notes, quotes from the script and additional thoughts around each rectangle.

There is a fair number of free storyboard templates online that you can use.


2. Apply the course visual identity

Your storyboard will have to include the visual identity of the course: things such as colour scheme and branding. Now is also the time to lock down the elements that will always be on screen (logo and title) and their placement.


3. Create a cover page for each module and chapter

Identify every module and its respective chapters, leaving some rectangles (or slides) in between. Make sure you map out the entire structure of your training video, using the same titles you have defined in your script. You will be filling in all the empty rectangles (or slides) later, as you drill down into each topic and subtopic.


4. Think about your openings and closings

How will you introduce each subject? How will you close it off? How does each topic fit in the overall flow of the training? These are the questions you need to ask yourself and answer through the storyboard.


5. Approach each topic in turn

Now it is time to deep-dive! You will be filling in all the rectangles with each topic, its visual support (closed captions, infographics, animations) and all the necessary elements. You should keep the storyboard simple to make sure it can be easily understood by anyone who views it. It is unlikely that a training video is a task you will handle singlehandedly, and your team should be able to understand (and collaborate!) your scribblings.

Remember that, just like in your learning strategy, consistency and familiarity are good, and a certain amount of predictability will keep your learners feeling engaged and comfortable — which is exactly what you want.


6. Identify all the shots

Make sure you add notes to your storyboard that include the type of shooting that will take place: close-up, wide angle, side view, etc. Close-ups should be used to enhance the most relevant topics. We also suggest that you don’t always use the same filming angle: use a certain degree of change to create rhythm and to further engage your audience.


We look forward to hearing about how you got on with your storyboard. Do remember that if you need help to create your video training courses, our Digital Learning Solutions team is on call and glad to help!

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Writen by Diana Tavares Gonçalves
04-Oct-2018 10:02:00

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