I receive a lot of queries on how to crack interviews for Instructional Designing jobs. If you have good language skills and are creative, you can certainly get a fresh Instructional Designer position in an elearning company.
If you are an experienced Instructional Designer and want to get into a really good job position then in that case only your resume and your aptitude to clear the test conducted by your prospective hirer is not enough.
Apart from your resume and other stuff, a collection of elearning demos and samples would definitely help you make an impression on your prospective hirer.
Just like how graphic designers create portfolio for themselves, experienced Instructional Designers must create one too.
I know there there can be a slight problem here.
Some common reasons why you do not have good elearning demos handy may be as follows:
- You cannot share elearning courses or storyboards that you created for a previous company with your prospective hirer
- You have not done elearning work though your designation is that of an Instructional Designer
- You have never done the kind of elearning work you always wanted to do
- You do not want to show your basic level storyboards to your prospective hirer because you think your capability levels are much at higher level
- You do not know graphic designing. So you have never been able to create elearning demos or samples
- You do not want to create a text based storyboard with just notes to the programmer
- Creating a full fledged elearning demo all by yourself without a graphic designer’s help is highly challenging
Apart from this there can be a variety of reason for not having a portfolio of elearning samples.
I just discovered a ready solution to this problem and I am excited in sharing this with you all. If you want to show off the cool instructional strategy that you designed or your completely out of the box interactivity that got rejected but you think is worthy, then just go ahead and exhibit.
All that you need to implement your ideas is get the following:
- An elearning tool such as Captivate
- May be a screen capturing software like Snagit also
- Any site that allows you to create custom graphics. May be something like Toondoo
You can download the evaluation version of Captivate or Camtasia and just publish your demos in a sharable format such as avi or swf. This is much better than Word based storyboards. Believe me.
I created some demos using Captivate, Toondoo, Snagit and MS Powerpoint.
Please share if you know of any good tools and some good methods to create quick demos.