Quick Tip For Organizing Your E-Learning Samples


Every week I create new e-learning demos in my role as Community Manager for the software company Articulate. When I help out community members in the E-Learning Heroes forums I often like to share some of these demos to help illustrate a point or demonstrate a type of interaction. Some of these demos were created over a year ago, and I noticed I had a problem: I didn’t have an easy place to quickly access all of my published samples.

I do have an online portfolio, but it desperately needs updating, and typically a portfolio only contains the crème de la crème of e-learning work, not all of the short little samples and demos.  Much of the e-learning content I create isn’t exactly “portfolio-worthy”, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a valuable example that can’t be helpful for others.

I do also have a “Projects” folder where I keep all the project and published output files for my demos. But what I didn’t have is what I would a “visual repertoire” of my courses where I could easily see them all and access one by clicking on a quick link.

I recently solved this problem quite easily using a simple table in a Google Docs file. Here’s a sample of what it looks like:


Now my e-learning demos are all organized in one neat table with titles, thumbnail image, description, and link to published output. This has saved me a lot of time of searching through folders looking for the right link. The fact that it’s a Google Doc means it’s always available to me wherever I am, as long as I have internet access. Just wanted to share this quick tip with you! Now if I could just get around to updating my portfolio…

Do you have tips of your own for keeping all of your demo files and e-learning samples organized and easily accessible? If you do, leave a comment below — I’d love to hear your tips or tricks. And since you got all the way to the end of this article, you might want to subscribe to my blog!


12 thoughts on “Quick Tip For Organizing Your E-Learning Samples

  1. Nicole L. says:

    Hi Benoit! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and for the comment. 🙂 Have a great week!

  2. T. White says:

    Excellent tip! Great way to have a bird’s eye view of all that you’ve developed.Thanks for sharing.

  3. Stephen Thomas says:

    I have links to relevant e-learning samples via the company logos on my work experience part of my resume. This way all the e-learning samples support the job descriptions under each job description and the viewer has all the information they need in one document.

  4. David Osborne says:

    Thank you for sharing this way of working Nicole. Something simple that we can all think about using.

  5. Palos (@rudy_palos) says:

    Good stuff. Files and folders do multiply at an alarming rate. I turned my portfolio into a tiled ‘dashboard’ to address this; Get people right to the info clearly and in as few clicks as possible. It’s still not an exhaustive db but enough to get my point across.

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