Placeholder Images: Do They Help or Hurt in an eLearning Storyboard?

Not so long ago, in a nearby place, someone spent a lot of time leaving notes about the photos in an eLearning storyboard. It turned out that they were just placeholders. The final course was going to use a different set of stock photos.

At about the same time, in an equally close place, another frustrated reviewer tried to visualize a course based on only three columns of written descriptions: audio, onscreen visuals, and interactivity. The content was there, but they couldn’t picture how it was going to fit together.

It would be great if final images could be used during the storyboarding phase, but that’s rarely possible. So, are placeholders worthwhile or not? Actually no, that’s not the right question. Placeholder images help people visualize what a course is supposed to look like and how it’s laid out. That’s really valuable. But how can they hurt a project? That’s a better question. Here are some possibilities.

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