How to Get Started Creating an Instructional Design Portfolio


If you’re reading this post, you’re very likely either getting ready to create your own portfolio, or considering how you might revamp an already existing one. If so, that’s great! It means you’re taking the time to invest in yourself, share your work, and have dedicated examples showcasing what you can do. 

On the other hand, If you’re on the fence about whether you actually need a portfolio, you might want to check out the DIY ID post 4 Reasons Why you Need an Instructional Design Portfolio first. 

4 Reasons Why you need an Instructional Design Portfolio

Either way, getting your instructional design portfolio together can seem like a daunting task, but it’s not nearly as complicated as you might think.

Basic steps for creating an instructional design portfolio


As someone who has had several portfolio iterations, I find that creating an ID portfolio generally means considering 3 main factors:

  1. Deciding what to include in your portfolio
  2. Deciding what to say about your portfolio content
  3. Deciding how to display your portfolio content

To help you think through each of these factors and how you can make them work for you, this fall DIY Instructional Design will feature a series on portfolio creation. Be sure to check it out and, if you find it helpful, please feel free to share with someone else!


Now let's get you started with the first step: deciding what to include in your portfolio.

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