Podcast on Creating an Effective Portfolio( ELH Challenge #138)

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started in e-learning?

I began my career as a content writer, and while working on one of the projects, I came across a term called ‘instructional designing’.  As I began researching more about this field, I realised that it involved both writing and teaching. I love doing both and I am also fairly good at both writing and teaching. .  Now one of the career advice that I got while I was at college was to always work in a field where your plus points get magnified and minus points, well they get hidden. So I thought why not try out instructional designing. And that’s how I got started.

Tell us about your e-learning portfolio. What types of projects do you include in your portfolio?

I include all entries that I have submitted for the E-Learning Challenges. I  also include short demo courses that I’ve created based on my own ideas. My portfolio also includes freebies such as templates.  The reason for sharing these freebies is that I myself have learnt a lot from downloading and deconstructing the files that people share. So when I was setting up my website, I thought why not share freebies so that when people visit my portfolio, they not only get to know me and my work but also gain something in return.

What do you think makes a good online portfolio?

I guess variety is the key to a good portfolio. So basically, a good portfolio deals with different topics, includes different types and levels of interactivity, different types of content etc.

What platform or technology did you use to build your e-learning portfolio?

I use Articulate and depending on my needs, I use software such as GIMP, Snagit and Camtasia. I share my work via free hosting sites for now. I have also got a my own website where I collate all my work.

What’s the most challenging part about building, designing, or maintaining portfolios?

I find building a portfolio to be the most challenging part. That’s because many a times I have had to try and combine different software and methods to bring my ideas to life.

How do you handle confidentiality issues with projects in your portfolio?

To handle confidentiality issues, I transfer my learning from my projects to my demos. For example, the first demo that I created was an animated one focusing on inflation. Now I had created animated modules for clients but those focussed on biology.

What are your top three tips for users looking to build their first e-learning portfolio?

  1. Just get started; don’t worry too much
  2. Put some time between a demo’s ideation and execution
  3. Write about the experiences you had while creating the demos

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