One aspect of a portfolio that can make yours stand out is to provide the proper context for every work sample. You can achieve this by adding instructional design case studies to your portfolio. Case studies are an opportunity to add depth and insight to your demonstrated skills.
In this article, I hope to clarify what a portfolio case study is and what to include in one. For more on portfolios in general, see How to Build an Instructional Design Portfolio.
What is a case study for an instructional design portfolio?
Start by thinking of yourself as a designer. In design fields, it’s typical for practitioners to supplement the visual examples of their work with summary descriptions. A portfolio case study refers to this supplemental description. The case study adds background and depth to your work. It reflects the process and thinking you use to design a solution.