Jun 16, 2009

Creating an elearning portfolio

I have been struggling with the idea of putting my personal online elearning portfolio together for months. I just finished my Masters degree and I needed to market myself in Instructional Design. But the problem was that I didn't have the material I really wanted to put together something that really represented me and my skills.

The problem is that I didn't really know what should be represented. I didn't have samples of the development work I did at my previous job two years ago, and I didn't want to show sample of the projects I was currently working on.

Tom Kuhlmann again posts a relevant and timely blog article on the importance of developing a personal elearning portfolio.

Now I have a starting point to pull together samples, or to create new ones that showcase the important elements:
  • Instructional Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Diversity of projects
  • Project Management
  • Writing
  • Technology
I'll start...right after my vacation.

Jun 11, 2009

Becoming an Extrovert

I'm not shy, but I don't really like to initiate 'hey, look at me' moments. That's going to need to change.

Yesterday I went to my local ASTD Chapter meeting to watch a presentation on using simulation software for online training. I'm always interested in different software and how people use it. But the real reason for me for going is to network.

Now that I'm not working, I need to find ways to do some meaningful interactions. I can only be on the computer for so long until my fingers start to bleed and my eyes fall out of my head. Although, this time around I'm keeping much more engaged with Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, webinars and blogs than when I was laid off 4 summers ago.

Anyway, at last night's meeting after I found a seat and unpacked my laptop, I got up and went over to a group of people talking to each other and introduced myself. I know it gets easier the more you do it, but it was still a small hurdle to get over.

The good part is that I wasn't alone in feeling this way. The conversation I interrupted was how they have been coping with being 'in transition'. (That's a nice way of saying "I ain't got no job".) Attending these meetings were their way of networking. Collect a business card, add them to your LinnkedIn profile, move on. They have been collecting contacts like they were baseball cards.

Which is exactly what I've started to do as well.