Tuesday, August 27, 2013

4 Steps to Creating a Portfolio of your eLearning Projects

Portfolio of Projects

This post provides four quick steps on how to create a winning eLearning portfolio. If you already have a portfolio, use these steps to update it. Your next eLearning opportunity may hinge on an updated winning portfolio!
1. Locate all your eLearning samples

Review your resume to recall all your eLearning projects. Dig up all your samples. Once you find them, store them in one place, either on your computer, outside drive, or a USB. (If you’ve lost a sample, let it go. You’ll have time to create more, and add them to your project collection.)
2. Describe each eLearning sample

While a good-looking sample is important, the story behind the sample seals the deal when you’re looking for work. Describe each of the samples in a spreadsheet as follows:

Who was the client?

  1. What was the problem you solved?

  2. Where did you do it?

  3. When?

  4. How? What tools, special design considerations?

  5. Why were you the best of the best (and how the sample shows this)?

3. Pick out your portfolio pieces

Review your project samples and spreadsheet and then choose the best pieces for your portfolio. Group work by industry and highlight the authoring and interactivity tools used. Emphasize the skills that set you apart from your peers, such as, creating eLearning templates or graphics.
4. Create a winning portfolio

Do a search on eLearning portfolios and choose the ones you like. Most people create a website with a Portfolio page that displays their best samples in a grid format. Each “box” in the grid contains a snapshot of the portfolio with a link to the training sample and text that describes the purpose and the tools used. Here is an example of the grid format at learning gurus.

If you don’t have a website, you could build a portfolio using an authoring tool. Here is an example of a portfolio built using Storyline.

Do you have a portfolio you are proud to show off? Send us examples of your portfolios. We would like to see them!

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