In this post, we will talk about the format of your portfolio. There are two possibilities: you can either create an electronic or paper-based portfolio. First, let’s look at digital portfolios. Below are some of the most popular tools you can use to create your electronic portfolio. While they are not listed in any particular order, I personally prefer VisualCV, not only because it is easy to use but also because it can convert your digit resume/portfolio into a PDF file that you can easily print and bring to the interview. Silkapp Dropr Weebly Blogger DoYouBuzz Flavors.me VisualCV Webs Wordpress Wix When it comes to the paper-based portfolio, your options range from inserting your artifacts into a three ring binder to investing in a professional portfolio binder. Regardless of which option you choose, consider purchasing sheet protectors to keep your portfolio pieces safe and clean as well as make your portfolio look more polished and professional. It is … [Read more...] about How To Create ELearning Portfolios That Help You Get Hired
By now, we have talked about the sources you can use to build your portfolio. Now, let’s talk about different artifacts that should go into the portfolio. Below are some of the most common documents that most employers want to see in portfolios. If you have any other samples worth showcasing, feel free to include them too. Needs Analysis Document – This document will show your employer that you know how to conduct research and that you are familiar with various methods of gathering data. Design Document – Being able to create a design document is often a requirement in many organizations. This is the blueprint for both eLearning and face-to-face training. Most employers expect to see at least one design document to get an idea of how you design training exercises. Storyboards – Always include at least one storyboard, and whenever possible, consider including different types storyboards. For example, if one of your storyboards was created in Word and another one in … [Read more...] about 9 Documents That Employers Want To See In Your ELearning Portfolio
So you now know the importance of having a portfolio. However, you are probably asking yourself where to get samples to build your portfolio if you do not have any instructional design experience. Here is my answer: you do need to have experience to build your portfolio and apply to jobs, but you can easily get both experience and a portfolio relatively quickly without any formal job experience. In this blog post, we will look at a number of ways to get content for your portfolio. Volunteer – You can find an online organization that does not require you to travel to the location. E-Learning for Kids is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated to free and fun online learning for kids of all ages. They now have courses for adult learners as well. E-Learning for kids is constantly looking for volunteers who can contribute their time and knowledge. The process for becoming a volunteer is simple, and they have all types of projects from basic storyboarding to … [Read more...] about How To Get Content For Your ELearning Portfolio
Many colleges and universities offer degrees in instructional design, eLearning, and instructional technology. Most of these are graduate level programs. Very few colleges offer an undergraduate degree in instructional design. There are also certificate alternatives for those who want to break into the field of instructional design quickly and without spending much money. While these programs equip learners with theoretical knowledge, most of them do not teach how to apply theory to practice. In other words, they do not teach real world instructional design. As someone who holds a Master’s degree in instructional design, I believe that there are two sides to the coin. There are certainly excellent instructional designers out there who do not have any formal education in the field. However, potentials employers often ask for a degree. In my humble opinion, having a portfolio is a much better proof that you are a good designer than your college degree is. With that said, earning a … [Read more...] about Do Instructional Designers Need a Degree?