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Instructional Design - Begin on May 3

Math Specialist - Begin June 7

Reading Teacher - Begin June 1

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Dates to Remember

July 18, 2021 - Summer Tuition Due

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LinkedIn Learning
All registered UW-Stout students get full access to LinkedIn Learning. Learn essential technologies. Earn completion certificates to document your skills. 

LinkedIn Group UW-Stout Certificate Programs: E-Learning and Online Teaching + Instructional Design 
Current and former UW-Stout students can join our group for job leads, tips, and networking.

Featured Resources - How to Create an Eportfolio

30+ Ideas for Portfolios - Samples
As always, Christy Tucker delivers what she promises "...use this list to jump-start your brainstorming". Key takeaways: Revise Existing Work, Use Short Samples, Focus on Your Intended Audience. Plus all the promised samples and more. It pays to listen to Christy.  

How to Create an Instructional Design Portfolio that Makes You Shine
Helen Colman's step-by-step advice "is for novice IDs looking to create their online portfolio and seasoned IDs who still don't have a portfolio."

Here's What Needs to be in Your E-Learning Portfolio
Wondering why you need a portfolio? Tom Kuhlmann's classic post explains it all. Here are five things every instructional designer needs to showcase. Tom's advice never gets old.

This is the ultimate 'show what you know' portfolio. As you'll see, Devlin Peck knows a lot! Multiple examples of instructional design work from a polished professional. 

Careers in Instructional Design

Breaking Into The Industry: Become An Instructional Designer And Master The LXD Fundamentals
If you are ready to take the first step in LXD (learning experience design), here's a head start from Christopher Pappas, a prominent voice in the industry.  

Video: From Instructional Design to Learning Experience Design
Luke Kempski's three-minute video with instructional design practitioner Connie Malamed provides a quick shot of wisdom and perspective. Worth the time! 

Video: How to Become an Instructional Designer in 2021
Devlin Peck delivers on this promise, "Do you want to become an instructional designer? In this video, I show you exactly what you need to learn and give some step-by-step tips for how to land an instructional design job."

Finding Instructional Design Job Opportunities

  • Be prepared with fresh resumes and up-to-date portfolios
  • Create an account and set up alerts on at least two systems.
  • Apply immediately to jobs of interest
  • Carefully follow the directions on applications. Personalize every application. One size does not fit all.
  • Regularly update and refresh your job-seeking accounts.

USAJobs is the front door for jobs in the Federal Government. When applying for positions on USAJobs, use the exact wording from the job posting in your resume. Follow the directions and formats precisely as written. Applications are initially scanned by computers looking for keyword matches. Once you get past the computer, a human will review your resume and refer you to the appropriate decision-makers. The following codes will get you started.

1750 series Instructional Designers/Instructional Systems Designers
1700 series Federal Training and Education-related Positions

Keep in mind that developing your career is more than just finding a job. The best work comes from the personal and professional networks you form. It is wise to create a social media-based network using LI. The job-seeking and application process is complex in general, and more so on LinkedIn. 

Considered by many to be the best job board, Indeed gathers job listings from many other job sites. Since employers can list jobs for free, Indeed will have jobs not found on other services. More jobs mean more opportunity, but you must find the needle in a vast haystack. 

Indeed has extensive help sections, but sometimes a brief overview article is best.  
How to Apply for a Job on 
This site was established in 1996 and is widely used by academic institutions to post instructional design jobs. They provide excellent advanced search features with Online/Remote and Location/Bound filters.  Take the time to create the free job seeker account. Consider the paid resume and cv options.  

Are you interested in beginning a Master's in Education degree?

Degree Overview and Financial Aid Options
Our Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit Master's degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals. 

Select courses within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match classes from several areas.

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