Whether you’re an e-learning consultant, freelancer, full-time employee, or student, a portfolio is essential to landing future clients and work.
But e-learning portfolios are much more than tools for finding work.
Portfolios are a must-have for building your personal brand, extending your professional network, and connecting with other course designers in the industry. And learning to design e-learning portfolios is what this week’s challenge is all about!
Challenge of the Week
This week your challenge is to record your answers to the following interview questions on designing a successful e-learning portfolio:
- Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started in e-learning? How long have you been in the industry?
My name is James Finder, the owner of Promethean Learning Experience Design, www.getplexd.com. I’ve been a trainer for 5 years, and in e-learning development full time since 2015. I got my start in ESL training in South Korea. I had an opportunity to use Storyline 1 and was instantly hooked. I’ve since dedicated my full-time pursuits to running PLExD.
- Tell us about your e-learning portfolio. What types of projects do you include in your portfolio? How often do you update your portfolio?
I’ve developed 4 different sections to my portfolio.
Section 1: Interactive Scenarios. Here’s where people who are taking a look at my content can actually see it. I’m most proud of the Choose Your Own Path Game titled “Welcome to an impending disaster”
Section 2: “Design Philosophy”. Here’s where my potential clients and collaborators can see how I typically work. It demonstrates the PLExD workflow, so the client/collaborator has a good idea going in on what to expect when working with PLExD. Now every project is different and PLExD is usually engaged during the design and development phases of the work-flow, we’ve been asked to consult on all 5 areas of the workflow and have worked with some pretty great partners to help with the Analysis, Evaluation and Deployment of the content that PLExD Designs and Develops.
Section 3: Technical Documentation- Instructional Design isn’t always elearning. Prospective clients may have other training needs outside of the elearning space, so it is important to show that we can accomplish a wide variety of training deliverables, not only e-learning.
Section 4: Contact Me- Pretty self-explanatory.
I’m in the process of updating it now. The interactions will get swapped out from time to time if I’ve created a particularly good one for an #ELHChallenge, but mostly I like the interactions I have, they cater to the type of training that’s in PLExD’s wheelhouse, and give a flavor of what we’ve done. Whenever I get feedback on a project or the portfolio, I try to incorporate it as soon as possible.
- What do you think makes a good online portfolio? What should and shouldn’t be included in an e-learning portfolio?
I think what makes a good online portfolio is one that has been critiqued, shredded and torn asunder and rebuilt at least 2 or three times. I’m in the process of touching my own portfolio again.
- What do you think clients or companies look for in an e-learning portfolio?
Honestly, I’m not really sure. I’d love someone to tell me!
- What platform or technology did you use to build your e-learning portfolio?
Storyline 2. It’s my go-to rapid tool. I’ve started to dabble in GoMo, so that may change. However with the current growth of SL development, I think this is going to be paying the bills for a while.
- What’s the most challenging part about building, designing, or maintaining portfolios?
Keeping it fresh.
- How do you handle confidentiality issues with projects in your portfolio?
That’s what the ELHChallenges are for. Primers are given to you there! USE THEM!
- What are your top three tips for users looking to build their first e-learning portfolio?
Biggest keys/things to consider:
Make sure you’ve QA’ed your portfolio—-yep, it looks great, but do all the button triggers work?
Make sure there’s a way to turn off audio if you’ve included it.
Make sure you give the potential client a way to contact you.
Bonus Tip: Get it reviewed by someone other than yourself. You get tired of looking at the same thing over and over again, let someone with fresh eyes take a look at it. Ask the people on the ELH forum or contact ONILP’s Ant or Patti for a Slack Channel invite.
What about you?
Feel free to answer in the comments
Participate in the challenge yourself at https://community.articulate.com/articles/tips-for-creating-effective-elearning-portfolios (If you’ve read this far, you should just probably do this yourself.)