Job postings from SALT.org

Listed below are the most recent Job Postings that have been added to the SALT® Web Site (http://www.salt.org/).

1. Multimedia Education Coordinator
Springfield, Illinois
The University of Illinois Springfield is seeking an individual to assume responsibility for multimedia training and instructional production services. Qualifications: A Master’s Degree is required, preferably in Instructional Technology, Communication, or a related academic field.

2. Software Developer for Modeling and Simulation
Orlando, Florida
Novonics Corporation Training Technology Laboratory (TTL) is seeking an experienced programmer with the ability to develop real-time, distributive training applications for 3D Immersive Environments. The candidate must possess strong organizational and communication skills and have the ability to absorb and manage large quantities of information in a fast paced environment. Applicants must be good at multi-tasking with an ability to quickly learn new technologies.

3. Instructional Systems Design Specialist
Orlando, Florida
Novonics Corporation Training Technology Laboratory (TTL) is seeking an experienced programmer with the ability to develop real-time, distributive training applications for 3D Immersive Environments. The candidate must possess strong organizational and communication skills and have the ability to absorb and manage large quantities of information in a fast paced environment.

4. Curriculum Designer Level II
Chicago, Illinois
Curriculum Designers Level II are expected to plan production elements of courses and project manage the development of their assigned courses. They build the courses using the KU authoring tool and create interactive components for the courses. Requirements: -Bachelor’s Degree in Instructional Design, Curriculum, Educational Media or Graphic Design with 2 to 4 years of exp in designing developing and implementing project. – Knowledge of HTML, web-page development and web-authoring tools, Lector preferred, Illustrator, Captivate, Flash

Conflict minerals

This was a wake-up call for me. I’ve heard about the dark underbelly of global supply chains in the past, but have paid little attention. There have been some great works on global consumerism for quite a long time, such as “The Story of Stuff”, but of course it is a story with many more tentacles. This little cliché of a video brought it home for me again, and now I’m wondering what to do. When I buy electronics, even out of ignorance, at the end of a very long commercial supply chain, I am contributing to unspeakable atrocities. Ironically, I’m composing this post on one of the products that fuels the problem.

But what do we do? Of course we can lobby for ethical products and components in those products. We can boycott companies that use conflict minerals in their products. But this seems like a very difficult, tall order. At any rate, it was good to be awakened to this issue, and I pass it along in case you were as oblivious as I was. What can we do about it as educators, as educational technologists, as consumers, as human beings?

Thanks to @gcouros on Twitter for sharing this video today.

Join me in Toronto for STLHE 2010

Well not physically, but virtually!  I’m giving a presentation next week in Toronto at the STLHE 2010 Conference on opening our classrooms in higher education.  It is meant to be a conversation, and I would like to invite you to join in.  You can check out the session description below, and join us in my Elluminate classroom for the session if you like (I have 100 seats available).  Obviously, given the topic, I’d love to see a good group of people from outside the conference be able to join in.  This is not a technology group, so this will be pretty radical stuff for most of them.  STLHE is a group of professors and other higher education types who love teaching, but who may be a little freaked out by this kind of thing.  I hope so anyway.  Hope to see you there.

So, join us if you can:

Online location:  http://tinyurl.com/stlhe2010

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Time: 12:45 – 1:15 EDT (Toronto time: UTC/GMT -4 hours)

Thinning the Walls of our Classrooms: Inviting Informal Learners to Join Formal Learning Environments

Richard A. Schwier, University of Saskatchewan

This roundtable discussion will consider ways to open our classrooms to groups of participants who are not registered in a course. By using streaming technologies, it is possible to invite non‐registered participants from anywhere in the world to join our classes and to observe or participate partially or fully in classroom activities.

Participants will consider whether universities should open their classes to individuals who have no formal responsibilities, who are not registered, and who do not pay fees or complete assignments. In addition to considering the desirability of open learning environments, participants will experience one firsthand. This session and discussion will include participants who will join the roundtable conversation via Elluminate Live!, a videoconferencing and discussion application. Online participants will be recruited to join the session. During the conversation, we will discuss the following questions:

1. Should instructors allow non‐registered learners to join their classes?

2. What benefits and drawbacks accompany an open classroom approach?

3. What pedagogical strategies and accommodations support open classrooms?

4. What technologies are available to support open classroom strategies?