THE INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN BOOTCAMP

Land your top-choice opportunities with a stand-out portfolio

Whether you’re trying to break into the field, land freelance clients, or secure a higher-paying job: in-demand skills and a great portfolio will help you get there.

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It's tough to stand out without a great portfolio

Instructional designers without strong portfolios often feel frustrated and overwhelmed when searching for jobs or clients. There's a lot of competition—and, without a strong portfolio, it's tough to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Say hello to opportunity

When you do have a great portfolio, you don't have to worry about finding opportunities. Landing interviews becomes the norm, and clients come to you to see if you're available for freelance work.

Better yet, a great portfolio establishes you in the field and builds your credibility. It shows off your skills and helps you get noticed. In short, it makes landing ID opportunities easier than ever before.

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Laura Strombergsson
eLearning Developer at Sephora

I joined Devlin’s bootcamp because I wanted to seriously up my game and land my dream role in the eLearning industry. I felt this was the right move because I not only wanted to build a solid portfolio—I also wanted 1-on-1 support and good critical feedback on my work.

Devlin was instrumental in helping me develop a killer portfolio and giving the kind of feedback I was looking for to truly improve. In the end, I was able to garner an amazing E-Learning Developer position at Sephora, an international beauty brand that not only aligns strongly with my own values, but that I’m also a huge personal fan of. I couldn’t be happier with the way this all turned out, and I’m sure that I wouldn’t be where I am without Devlin’s guidance and coaching.

Unlock unlimited feedback

It's so much harder to build your skills and create a great portfolio without feedback from experienced instructional designers, and hiring managers can tell the difference between great portfolios and "okay" portfolios.

That's why the bootcamp includes in-depth, actionable feedback on all of your portfolio deliverables. We'll help you improve your skills, create impressive projects, and demand professional-grade salaries and rates.

Join a community of driven IDs

You're not in this alone, and everyone in the bootcamp does their best to help their peers. When you join, you can network with bootcampers who work at top companies, get support from people who have completed their portfolios, and build long-lasting professional relationships that will elevate your career.

Go further with 1-on-1 support

It can be tough struggling with new concepts and not being able to ask questions. Sometimes, things are explained more easily on a call.

That's why the bootcamp includes 1-on-1 meetings and weekly workshops for you to get personalized feedback, coaching, and support from Devlin and his team. We'll help you achieve your goals faster and move past roadblocks in no time.

Jessica Salunga - Instructional Designer
Jessica Salunga
Freelance Instructional Designer

Before joining the bootcamp, I was a full-time student in an instructional design certificate program. As I was trying to get my ducks in a row to land my first ID job upon graduation, I quickly realized that I would need some guidance to develop a professional portfolio; I wanted to create one that would make me a competitive candidate.

Devlin’s bootcamp provided just that—and more! Through the skills I developed in this bootcamp and the support I got from my cohort, I was able to confidently land my first freelance gig before even graduating!

Let's get practical

University programs cover the theory, but how do you prepare yourself for the real tasks that instructional designers perform on a daily basis?

The bootcamp gives you hands-on experience with the most in-demand tools in the industry.


Rather than bombard you with hour-long lectures, the bootcamp includes bite-sized videos that give you exactly what you need to start building, iterating, and collecting feedback.

Many bootcampers land opportunities before they complete their portfolios due to the skills and process that they learn.

Visual design made easy

Visual design can be difficult, especially if you're not graphically trained.

However, people make snap judgments based on how things look and feel. If your portfolio or projects are not up-to-par visually, then it can have a drastic impact on your search for new opportunities.

That's why we prepare you to design beautiful learning experiences: we'll help you create a mood board, style guide, and visual mockups, and we'll give you in-depth feedback every step of the way.

Create your flagship project

Most instructional design projects are hidden behind NDAs, and if you're just getting started, then it's hard to come up with good project ideas.

The bootcamp will help you create a project that shows off the full range of your in-demand instructional design skills and solves a real-world problem.

This project will show employers and clients that you know your stuff, and it will give you a strong framework that you can use to ace interviews and land work.

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Jenniber Palo
Instructional Designer at Appian Corporation

When the pandemic hit, I decided it was going to be my last year teaching in a public school. I was ready to change my career for something that offers more freedom and flexibility. I learned instructional design through an online Master’s program, but it wasn’t until joining Devlin’s bootcamp that I truly got my feet wet in the field.

Joining the bootcamp gave me the hands-on practice I needed to enhance my technical skills, do paid work, and ace interviews. Learning how to build a scenario-based project using the tools and the structure provided by the bootcamp helped me provide ample sample work that landed me a full-time opportunity, even before finishing my portfolio website.

I'm so happy to have successfully transitioned into this new career. I'm looking forward to making a real difference at my organization, all while earning a higher salary and enjoying better work-life balance. I couldn't have done it without the bootcamp!

The best kind of certificate

If you want to stand out in the market and land great opportunities, then a certificate isn't going to do much for you.

Employers and potential clients care about your skillset and the quality of work that you can do. Nothing speaks to this better than a high-end portfolio.

That's why, in the bootcamp, we'll help you create a visually appealing portfolio full of projects that solve real problems. This puts you leagues ahead of people relying on a certificate to get a job.

Land more interviews

Once you've done the hard work and created your portfolio, we'll help you present your past experience in instructional design terms and optimize your LinkedIn and resume accordingly.

This will help you secure a steady flow of interviews, and we'll also help you prepare for interview day and land competitive offers.

Say "yes" to success

When it's time to land paid work, you can leverage our industry connections to get referrals to some of the world's top companies.

The growing bootcamp alumni network also comes to the bootcamp first when they're looking for their next hire. Put in the work, apply our feedback, and say hello to new opportunities.

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Chloe (Yuxiao) Zhong
Content Designer at Reforge

I joined Devlin’s bootcamp at the end of 2020 when I was in a business development-related role at a college-prep company. Although I have a master’s degree in Education, I found it hard to land an instructional design-related role. I didn’t have the experience and I didn’t know what I should do to even pass the resume screening. However, joining Devlin's bootcamp and applying what I learned at my company helped me incredibly.

When I saw Devlin was opening a bootcamp in November 2020, I didn’t hesitate to join because I’m a longtime follower of his blogs and I knew the content would be great. In fact, the content exceeded my expectations! I learned how to hone my projects and put together a portfolio; I learned how to build a portfolio website and prepare for interviews; I got the best feedback from my peers and Devlin through live sessions and I am so grateful for all of this!

After 2 months of working with Devlin, I improved the training materials (my flagship project) for my previous employer and, eventually, they decided to publish the materials as their official documents. I built my portfolio website and crafted my resume with the guidance from the bootcamp content and my peers. In the end, I got 3 interview invitations from the first 10 applications I sent out.

Now I am working as a Content Designer at Reforge, a leading online professional education company based in SF. My work is more eLearning development-oriented than instructional design. It is exactly what I wanted and I couldn't have done this without Devlin, his bootcamp, and my peers. The best thing about this bootcamp is how closely it aligns with the industry requirements — what you learn and do will be most relevant to what employers are looking for.

If you’re looking to fast-track your ID journey and set yourself up for success, there are no better places to do so than Devlin’s content and the bootcamp.

Explore the bootcamp content

When you join the bootcamp, you get access to content that helps you build your skills, land the best opportunities, and make a real impact in the ID roles that you land. The bootcamp content will help you:

  • Learn Articulate Storyline: The Storyline Project Lab teaches you how to use Articulate Storyline at a professional level, all while creating 8 supporting projects that demonstrate some of the most in-demand eLearning skills in the market. This includes dozens of guided development challenges and homework assignments.

  • Create your Flagship Project: We'll guide you through 8+ deliverables that result in a story-driven, scenario-based eLearning project that solves a real-world problem and demonstrates your in-demand ID skills. This covers ID process, analysis, storyboarding, visual mockups, Storyline development, and more.
  • Build your Stand-Out Portfolio: This content helps you create a compelling portfolio website that tells your story, builds your credibility, and makes your ideal client or employer want to work with you. It covers website builders, the content you should include, and user experience optimization.
  • Craft your ID Resume: We'll help you present your past experience in instructional design terms, customize your resume for your top-choice roles, and drastically improve the number of interviews coming your way.
  • Ace the ID Interview: We'll also help you turn your interviews into job offers and negotiate for the highest possible salary or rate. This includes interview prep guidance, interview-day job aids, and a mock interview.
  • Get Found on LinkedIn: This content will help you optimize your LinkedIn profile so that it attracts recruiters, hiring managers, and potential clients. You'll drive traffic to your portfolio and get people reaching out to you about paid work while you sleep.

When you join the bootcamp, you get access to all of this content, all future updates, and any other content that we create to help you land competitive instructional design opportunities.

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Theresa Brough
Learning and Development Coordinator at Home Furniture

When I enrolled in Devlin’s ID Bootcamp, I had some knowledge of curriculum development through my teaching background, but a limited understanding of how to apply learning theory to adult learning in the workplace.

Through the ID bootcamp, I was able to interact with other instructional designers at many different levels, ask questions, receive valuable feedback, and observe a wide variety of creative learning projects. Although it was intimidating at first, I quickly became comfortable with the community of amazing professionals within the ID bootcamp and gained so much valuable knowledge from our interactions.

Devlin also provided an abundance of user-friendly content and instruction regarding the technological tools available and the design process, and he also provided personalized feedback on each step of my project development and visual design.

I have now fully transitioned from classroom teaching to a Learning and Development role, and I am thrilled to be able to use my knowledge and skills in this context. I am so grateful for the skills and confidence that I acquired in this course, and I look forward to continuing to interact with this community of instructional designers who have been so generous in sharing their expertise.

Is the bootcamp right for you?

The bootcamp is for anyone who would like to upskill or land competitive opportunities in the instructional design and eLearning space. It's a particularly good fit for:

  • Teachers or academics who are trying to get out of the classroom
  • Students and recent graduates from ID certificate and master's programs
  • Higher-ed IDs who would like to transition to the corporate or freelance world
  • Corporate IDs who would like to land higher-paying roles or freelance clients
  • Full-time IDs who would like to make a bigger impact on-the-job or create a portfolio to establish their credibility
  • People in related design and learning fields who would like to upskill and land great instructional design opportunities

ALERT: Effort required!

You will need to put in work to see your desired results. The bootcamp experience relies on iteration and participation. This is not a passive experience or a magic ticket to getting a job. 

However, if you do the work, engage with the community, and apply feedback, then you will fast-track your success and land great opportunities.

Meet the bootcamp pros

The bootcamp pros helped shape the bootcamp into what it is today. They developed their skills, landed top corporate roles, built thriving freelance businesses, and brought the community up with them in the process.

When you join the bootcamp, you'll get direct support, feedback, and guidance from Devlin and the bootcamp pros.

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Robbie Christian
Robbie will help you with choosing great project ideas, action mapping, storyboarding, Storyline, and more.

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Nicole Stephens
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Nicole will use her mastery of the full ID process to help you develop projects that impress and inspire.

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Joanna Cappuccilli
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Need help getting great offers? Work with Joanna to update your resume and ace the interview.

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Aleksandra Drobik
Aleks will help you choose perfect color schemes and design visuals that stand out and demand attention.

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Kassie Calvo
Instructional Designer at Notarize

When I joined Devlin’s Bootcamp, I was in my 8th year of teaching and looking to transition out of the classroom and into corporate instructional design. I selected Devlin’s Bootcamp after seeing his contributions to the L&D community and his genuine desire to help others improve.

After joining, I felt encouraged and supported by Devlin and the bootcamp community as a whole. Their constructive, actionable feedback helped me create a flagship project, portfolio website, and supporting projects, and my skillset improved rapidly along the way.

My flagship project and portfolio website helped me land a remote instructional design job that doubled my salary. I’m excited for this new opportunity to create learning experiences for others that uses my new skills and my expertise as an educator. I’m proud of my hard work and thankful for Devlin’s support.

Meet your instructor

Devlin started his freelance business as a master’s student, and by focusing on building his skills and a strong portfolio, he quickly began closing over six figures in sales per year. Using what he learned, he helped many of his friends and peers land high-paying corporate jobs and freelance clients.

After refining his approach to the ID market, Devlin created the bootcamp to scale his impact. He has helped hundreds of instructional designers upskill and land opportunities, and he built a team of highly-skilled instructional designers to provide you the support, feedback, and guidance that you need to succeed.

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Joe Stuben
Curriculum Developer at Amazon Web Services

When I first met Devlin, I was a tenured professor at a research university and felt trapped in my job. I wanted to transition into corporate instructional design, but I lacked the concrete, nuts-and-bolts knowledge of how to fill in my skill gaps, build a portfolio, and pitch myself in a job application.

With Devlin’s 1-on-1 support and guidance, I went in six months from never having heard of instructional design to landing an ID role at Amazon Web Services. So many exciting doors have opened for me, including career progression, geographic mobility, healthier work-life balance, and better pay.

The ID Portfolio Bootcamp

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We're accepting new bootcampers on a rolling basis. To learn more and determine whether or not the bootcamp is right for you, you can request more information with the button below.

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Nicole Stephens
Freelance Instructional Designer & eLearning Developer

After completing a master’s degree, I had plenty of technical papers highlighting my instructional design knowledge. However, I quickly realized that this isn’t what hiring managers were looking for. I needed a portfolio to show off the full range of my instructional design skills, and the idea of creating a wow-worthy portfolio overwhelmed me until I found Devlin’s ID Portfolio Bootcamp.

When I joined the bootcamp, I quickly connected with an amazing support system. Devlin’s feedback elevated my work to a higher level and I had the opportunity to learn from other industry professionals participating in the program. Giving feedback to my peers on the weekly workshops and small-group meetings also helped me sharpen my skills and focus on the design process from different perspectives.

In addition to guiding me through the portfolio process, Devlin mentored me as I launched my website and started my freelance business. His guidance gave me direction and confidence to pursue this career fully, and in the first month of freelancing I was fully booked and turning away work. My first freelance job paid more than I had made in a year's time as an educator, making the time I spent creating a quality portfolio in the bootcamp well worth the investment.

If you’re open to putting in the work and fully engaging with the bootcamp, then you’ll have the support and guidance that you need to bring your instructional design career to the next level.