What Goes in an Instructional Designers Portfolio

Just before the first time I offered this course, I sent out a survey asking hiring managers what they want to see in portfolios. I summarize the results of the survey in this blog post: What should go into an instructional designer's portfolio? 


Tip: Conducting a survey and sharing the results via a blog post is a great way to get traffic to your website.

Further, the following podcast episodes speak to Instructional Design Portfolios:

Example Portfolios

Activity: Review Portfolios

Review instructional design portfolios and write down what you like and don’t like about them. Reflect on where the portfolios are taking the advice of hiring managers and where they are not.

Note that what you like and don’t like may involve a lot of personal preference. This activity is intended to help you get a sense of what you like.

Portfolio Contents

A general rule of thumb (not sure where this comes from originally, it was mentioned on a facebook chat):

Personally, I think it depends on what you are looking for. What messages do you want to send? What do you want people to know about you through your portfolio? It also depends on the type of work you are looking for. You need to tailor your portfolio contents to align with the type of instructional design you want to do.

Choosing Assets

It can be difficult to figure out exactly what types of things to include in your portfolio. You might also be tempted to just put everything into a portfolio. Before adding an asset to your portfolio, consider the following questions:

Describing Assets

Once you have chosen which assets you want to include on your portfolio, you need to tell the reader what the purpose of the asset is and why you have included it. I recommend that your description include the following:

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