Happy Friday, E-Learning Heroes!

Last week you visually explained what you do as course designers. This week, it’s time to show what you’ve done as course designers.

How do you show your work? In a portfolio, of course. But this time, use your same tools for building learning projects and let your creativity run free. Seriously! It’s your time to showcase your skills with the tools you use every day.

I get it. Most course designers don’t like to think about portfolios. Saying “look at what I did” probably isn’t in your DNA. But portfolios are a lot like flossing teeth. You never really know how important it is until it’s too late.

Last month I posted a forum thread asking users to share their e-learning portfolios. Some folks had their portfolios ready, others had to scramble. This week, Jackie Van Nice shared some creative resume ideas and asked the community if anyone had built their portfolios or resumes using Storyline. Some lively discussions followed around topics like: when to use interactive resumes, what will recruiters think, and what types of jobs are best suited for non-standard resumes.

An interactive portfolio should move beyond the paper resume. It’s your opportunity to create excitement and lengthen the time recruiters view your e-learning portfolio.

Challenge of the week

This week, your challenge is to design an interactive resume or portfolio showcasing your e-learning work. You can show all your work or highlight only a couple of your favorite projects.

Your interactive resume can be courses, excerpts from courses, screenshots, word docs, screencasts, or anything else you want to feature.

As always, you can share your examples in the comments below as well as on your own blog. Need someone to help upload your files? I’m happy to host your files for you on Articulate’s servers.

Bonus: Take the challenge up a notch by sharing a template version of your interactive resume that others can use. I’ll create a new blog post to highlight the templates and promote everyone who shares.


You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to build your interactive resume.


To help you get started, check out some of the websites your fellow community members built using Articulate software.

Last week’s challenge

Before you run off and show us what you’ve done, check out these visual explanations of what people do in e-learning:

More about the e-learning  challenges:

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.

Wishing you a showcase week, E-Learning Heroes!

Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

Gemma Henderson
Dana Kocalis

I wanted to share an experience in my workplace...we were (and may still be) hiring an instructional Designer and approximately 80% of the I.D. applicants did not have a portfolio to show. And, of the 20% who did, it was some sort of (non-organized) work that they did for previous companies. My intention is not to talk negatively about anyone's I.D. work as most of it is better than I can even do. My intended message is that for those of you that don't have a simple, interactive, portfolio of work, I would highly recommend it - so that you are not passed over for any potential job opportunities because you don't have a portfolio of work to show. I have used the common excuse of "I only had propriety work" of previous employers that I cannot share". But, to an employer, they just want ... Expand

Jerson  Campos
Kimberly Valliere

Dana, great point! I think employers just want to see SOMETHING. When I interviewed for my current position, while I didn't have anything online to show them, beyond my slightly outdated website, I printed different types of ID projects I've done and put them in a binder. It was enough for my now supervisor to see that I can create a variety of learning experiences. At a previous employer, I worked everyday with undergraduate students. I tried to convince them of the merits behind having a portfolio and keeping up with ALL of the things you do, even while in school. It has value! When working with a group of community members interested in creating their own web-based portfolios, I told them to CREATE something that showcases your skills. If you can't use what you have because of propr... Expand

Jackie Van Nice
Dana Kocalis
David Anderson