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, I have chosen to use some of my graduate school work as my starting portfolio.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
As a group project
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.