Instructional Design

Storyboarding 101: 5 Steps to Writing a Compelling Script

Whether your script is for the written components of your eLearning, or you’ll be handing it over to a voice-over professional, it’s a make-or-break part of the storyboarding process. The script acts as a guide that will take them through the material. Take your time and outline a script based on these five simple steps.

1. Start with a Rough Draft

Always begin the storyboarding process with a rough draft. Outline exactly what you want to say in your script and prioritize the information so you know what needs to be incorporated. Go frame-by-frame and briefly outline what needs to be said for each.

2. Keep it Short

Whether you’re writing on-screen text or the actual audio script to accompany your course, “short” is the name of the game. You never want to overload your learners’ senses. Chances are that they’re looking at graphics and hearing audio concurrently.

3. Chunk eLearning Content

Because learners have a tendency to skip elements when reading and tune out important details when listening, “chunking” your information becomes an important way to ensure the most important info gets through. Bullet points and how-to steps can help accomplish these chunks.

4. Balance Audio and Visual

You don’t need to read every element of a program aloud for learners. Instead, utilize audio for the most important parts of the script and then allow learners to read the rest on the screen.

5. Time it Properly

If you are utilizing audio, you’ll need to time your spoken word with how long it’ll take to view a particular slide. Otherwise, you could lose learners’ interest when the audio lags on, even after they’re finished reading. Aim for about 150 words per minute to grab their attention and offer built-in controls to allow learners to skip ahead, if necessary.