Instructional Designer | E-Learning Developer | Part-Time Professor | Author | Consultant
About the Instructor
Ashley wears a lot of hats, but that’s because she’s passionate about what she does and wants to share her experiences and expertise with anyone interested!
She holds a M.Ed (Post-Secondary Studies) and a BA (Linguistics and Psychology) and is the author of Articulate Storyline Essentials and Mastering Articulate Storyline. Ashley is a self-proclaimed Articulate ambassador and has presented at several Articulate E-Learning Heroes Community Roadshows.
As the resident Instructional Developer at a local university, Ashley gets her fix of all things Instructional Design by day, while flexing her e-learning development muscles with clients from all walks of life.
When she’s not doing Instructional Design or E-Learning Development, Ashley enjoys reading, running, and laying low with family.
Regardless of your job title, if you're working within the field of E-Learning, particularly within a production capacity, you need an e-learning portfolio.
An e-learning portfolio will promote you as a developer, acting as a visual resume for your peer, colleagues, or prospective clients. This is especially important if you’re seeking a new profession or looking to add independent contracting or freelance development to your resume.
When I first began my freelance journey, a large percentage of my prospective clients asked me if I had a portfolio – I didn’t, and because of that, I missed out on a lot of opportunities. Some clients will allow you to complete a sample project to show them what you’re capable of, but:
- In most cases, you aren’t being paid to create the sample; and
- Many times, your sample will not be a good fit for the client, and you will not be awarded the job.
By investing time in creating your e-learning portfolio, you will save yourself time and effort in the long run. You will be able to send prospective clients a visual showcase of your work when faced with the “can I see samples of your work?” or “can we see your portfolio?” questions.
Additionally, once you’ve established a public e-learning portfolio, prospective clients will begin to contact you, instead of the other way around. Prospective clients will be able to view your portfolio and determine whether your style and/or capabilities are appropriate for their needs, and will reach out to you to discuss availability and interest. This is HUGE! Why? Because it saves you from having to look for work! The work is coming to you!
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Identify the importance of an e-learning portfolio
- Recognize common challenges related to building an e-learning portfolio, and how to overcome these challenges
- Identify methods for building out and/or hosting your portfolio
- Outline methods for promoting your portfolio
Building an e-learning portfolio doesn’t need to be an overwhelming task, and my goal is to walk you through the process of creating and sharing one e-learning sample that you can include in your portfolio. Don’t worry - We’ll do this together!