Coordinator of Five College Blended Learning Instructional Technology

Coordinator of Five College Blended Learning Instructional Technology

 

Coordinator of Five College Blended Learning Instructional Technology ("Coordinator")

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POSITION REVISED

Status: Full Time, Exempt--three-year term position

Supervisor: Director of Information Techology

 

General Statement of Duties:

The Coordinatory of Five College Blended Learning Instructional Technology is responsible for coordinating and providing support for a broad range of faculty-driven pilot projects (6-10 per year) exploring blended learning in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. These projects will have been selected and awarded funding from grant supporting the Five College Blended Learning Project. The Coordinator consults with faculty members to indentify, analyze, and suggest opportunities for applying appropriate technologies to meet curricular and pedagogical goals through blended learning. The Corrdinator facilitates conversations, corrdinates support, and works in partnership with other information technology staff members at the campuses who are exploring and seeking innovative uses of technologies to enhance teaching and learning in humanities courses. The Coordinatory provides workshops, individual instruction in associated technologies for faculty members, students and staff members at the campuses and Five Colleges. The Coordinator assists in developing means fo assessing learning outcomes, creating new digital materials (print, video, audio, tools), and/or frameworks in support of blended learning pilots undertaken by teams of faculty members and staff members.

 

Five College Blended Learning Project Goal:

The goal of the Five College Blended Learning Project, of which the Coordinator is a key part, is to enable and support faculty members as they envision, explore, design and develop pilots in blended learning environments, including developing multi-media content for use in onsite, flipped, and online classrooms on a variety of platforms (desktop, mobile); the project will support faculty members as they develop means of assessing how blended learning supports achievement of goals for student learning in their courses.

 

Specific Duties:

  • Work closely with Five College Director of IT, the Five College Director of Academic Programs, the Faculty Director, and the Steering Committee in support of the Five College Blended Learning Project. Assist the project overall and each faculty project leader with development of a calendar and work plan for each project.
  • Consult with faculty project leaders and teams to identify and assess appropriate technologies for meeting pedagogical and learning goals.
  • Plan, develop, and deliver workshops, training programs, documentation, videos, and other resources to assist faculty members in applying blended learning instructional technologies. Arrange, coordinate, and/or provide instructional technology support for each project.
  • Coordinate and communicate with other technology professionals at Five Colleges and other campuses to ensure adequate support for pilote project. Possibly supervise other blended learning instruction technology support staff members at Five Colleges as needed and/or assigned.
  • Attend meetings as assigned, serving as FCI liaison and/or minute taker as needed.
  • Assess progress toward meeting the overall Project goals and individual pilot project goals and regularly revise and refine plans to meet them, in consultation with each project's team, providing written progress reports, data, and analysis, as requested.
  • Other duties assigned by the Director of IT.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate level degree in a field of humanities, humanistic social sciences, instructional design, educational technology, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, identify, and explain needs, goals, and objectives of projects to technical and non-technical individuals.
  • Proven record of working effectively with a diverse group of faculty members, staff members, and students with differing levels of technological abilities. 
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation communication skills; organizational and project management skills; sound judgment; initiative; flexibility; detail-orientation.
  • Evident ability to learn quickly and think creatively about the functional limitations and strenghts of various technical platforms, programming/scripting languages, relational databases.
  • Application and development of current and emerging learning technologies, web-based learning environments, rich media tools and University Design principles; visual ability to read computer screens and printed materials; hearing and speaking abilities to effectively communicate via the telephone and in person; and ability to pack, unpack, lift and carry, move, and relocate standard desktop computer equipment including monitors, desktop computers, and printers.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise with: the application of blended learning techniques in the humanities; with emphasis in language learning and/or research methods; supporting users of computer, videography, audio recording, and digital technologies in an academic setting;  using course learning management systems inlcuding Moodle; strong knowledge of educational technologies; and adult learning theories, instructional theories, and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay current on new technologies and tools and to learn nes tasks and emergent technologies quickly.
  • Capacity to meet the physical expectations of teh position, which include: visual ability to read computer screens and printed materials; hearing and speaking abilities to effectively communicate via telephone and in person; and ability to pack, unpack, lift and carry, and relocate standard desktop computer equipment including monitors, desktop computers, and printers.

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with HTML(5), CSS(3), or web delivery tools such as Drupal (note experience with Moodle is required).
  • Fluency on one or more common programming/scripting languages, such as Python, PHP, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, and relational databases.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and validating assessment tools to guage student learning and engagement.
  • Graduate level degree and teaching experience for students in second language acquisition (other than English).
  • Experience with digital media formats and content and digital asset management tools (e.g. Omeka, Fedora), text-mining tools, text-encoding and markup, and GIS tools and methods.
  • Experience with strategies to create and convert materials for maximum accessibility.
  • College or university teaching experience.

 

Additional Information:

This is a 3-year, grant funded position (June, 2014 – June, 2017).  Review of applications will begin May 6, 2014 and continue until position is filled.

Five Colleges, Incorporated and its member institutions are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.

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