Given my professional career as a consultant to government clients, essentially all my work is covered under Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA). This dramatically limits what I can publish in a portfolio. As a result, most of this portfolio consists of my graduate school work. I have included some non-grad school work in my technical writing section.

Technical Writing

Research Proposal: Beyond Medications: Identifying Learning Techniques in Adults with Attention-Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder

Research Proposal

One of my individual projects was developing a research proposal written for the course “Educational Research in Technology.” We were assigned to individually select a topic, design an study, and write-up a research proposal related to training. I opted for a proposal focused on identifying effective learning techniques in adults with Attention-Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is an area of personal interest, and a subject I’d like to pursue in the future should the opportunity arise.
Note: Citations are in APA 6th Edition format.

Business Case Study

My graduate program included understanding the business aspects of training. This artifact is a business case study written for my course “Business of Learning Design and Technologies.” We were assigned to select a topic to write a business case that had a training element as one course of action options. I elected to write on retail store loss prevention, with the training option as a custom corporate training program. I didn’t have access to a retail store so I modeled a fictional retail chain and built the financials and corporate organization accordingly. I believe this came out as the type of report a performance improvement consultant would produce.

Ron Charest Portfolio - Business Case Study

Engineering Work Specification

One consulting assignment was in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter (NSC) shipbuilding program. My assignments were to write engineering work specifications that were sent out for third-party bidding and ultimate contract award. As these work specifications were made public, I am able to re-use them in my portfolio. I consider these work specifications to be among my best technical writing, as they were the basis for ship maintenance contracts that ran in the millions of dollars.


Ron Charest Portfolio - Training Presentation on Human Powered Watercraft skills course for adults

Video Lesson

In addition to learning theory my graduate program also included practical application in current training software. This was my entry into video editing using high-end TechSmith Camtasia software. The lesson is an 8 minute and 15 second video presentation on a web-based instructional rubric-creation tool.

e-Learning Course

I also had the opportunity to create training products in Adobe Captivate. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the software. This individual course project is a ten-minute software lesson on a web-based Timeline application, with a quiz.

e-VOTECH Learning Management System
e-VOTECH Learning Management System

Learning Management System

My capstone project was to design a Learning Management System (LMS) on any training topic. I chose to model an e-Learning LMS for vocational training, with on sample course on “Beautiful Woods” as part of a woodworking program. I’m pretty happy with how this project came out and feel this could be a viable model for incorporating e-Learning into traditional hands-on vocational training programs.

Design Process

Ron Charest Portfolio - UX Design
Design Process Inside

Prototype Website

This is the final deliverable of a two semester program in UX (User Experience) design. The first course was “Analysis & Design of Technology-Based Learning Environments” followed by “Design and Implementation of Technology-based Learning Environments.” The program covered UX design theory and implementation. We covered topics in design concept, mock-ups, prototyping, and testing. Our team project involved working with a client operating a non-profit and was looking for solutions to implement training and microbadge certifications. This was our team’s design solution. We also developed a number of deliverables during the two courses describing our design and testing processes as we worked through the courses.

Courseware Development

As a group project

Accessibility Compliance

Accessibility Website Screenshot

Section 508 Compliant Website

Beyond learning to use developmental tools, one course took us back to the basics of hand-coding a website in HTML and CSS as means of learning Section 508 compliant design. The course covered documentation as well as website design. The final project was to create a Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) compliant website focused on a training topic. Required design elements were specified in the course syllabus.

I chose to build a website focused on the Backwards Design model. This is my final project, which is fully compliant with all W3C accessibility, HTML, and CSS standards. The introductory video includes below-screen open captions and was built using Camtasia.