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Visualize Through Storyboarding (cont.)

Narration: This may not apply to all eLearning projects, but if your course includes voice-over talent or closed captions, including narration in your storyboard is important for both the subject matter experts and the developers. The subject matter experts should approve what the narration says while the developers, with the assistance of the instructional designers, will ensure the narration works with the on-screen elements.

Graphic Design Requirements: Whether graphics and images are provided to you by the client or custom graphics are being created, conveying what you require is crucial in the storyboard. It may be as basic as requesting a graphic treatment such as a drop-shadow or asking a graphic designer to remove a background and replace with something that works with the theme.

Developer Instructions: Though written for developers to tell them everything they need to know to program or build the course, these instructions can explain to approvers and subject matter experts how a page will work. Developer notes also explain navigation, buttons and other interactions that may be built into your course.

Storyboards are an important communication tool. They not only tell a story but they help your clients, subject matter experts and approvers visualize the end product. Storyboards communicate technical information to developers, visuals to graphic designers, and narration to voice over talents. Storyboards, in essence, relay both visually and through text, what all parties need to know to lift a vision from the page and bring it to life on the learner's screen.

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