E-Learning & Curriculum Specialist position at Western University

E-Learning & Curriculum Specialist (Teaching Support Centre)
Appointment Type: 3 year full time contract with competitive benefit package
Salary Grade: 15 (Minimum $ 53,910; Job Rate $63,380 per year)
The mission of the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) is to foster and enhance best practices in teaching and learning at Western University. To achieve its mission, the Centre utilizes an evidence-based approach to create and deliver programs that support the teaching and learning activities of faculty members, librarians and archivists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. To learn more about our Centre, visit www.uwo.ca/tsc

RESPONSIBILITIES
The E-learning and Curriculum Specialist is critical to the Teaching Support Centre’s (TSC)
mandate of:
(1) promoting innovation in technologically enhanced learning and e-learning; and
(2) supporting departments and faculties in curriculum design and renewal. The incumbent will design, plan, and evaluate new online courses and academic programs in consultation with academic units. The incumbent will also design programs and services to support online teaching to assist faculty members and departments across the university.

The E-Learning & Curriculum Specialist will support departments in curriculum review and renewal, design outcome assessments, and incorporate innovative technologies into the curricula of new programs. The incumbent provides leadership, training and one-on-one design support for departments and faculty in their efforts to enhance teaching and learning.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education:

    Master’s degree in instructional design, educational technology, curriculum
    development, education, or a related field
    PhD degree in instructional design, educational technology, curriculum development,
    education or a related field, preferred

Experience:
3 years’ progressive experience with online teaching and course development
Experience with implementing universal design practices into an online environment
Teaching experience with both face-to-face and blended, or online in a post-secondary environment

Skills & Expertise:
 Knowledge of adult learning theories and their application, with skills in developing instructional resources and activities
 Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of educational technologies, and
outcome based curriculum design
 Knowledge of the theory and principles of effective teaching and learning strategies, activities and assessments
 Demonstrated understanding and application of instructional design theories, models, and strategies suited to an online learning environment
 Demonstrated knowledge and experience in training, program development and oneon-
one consultations
 Demonstrated skills with Learning Management Systems, knowledge of Sakai/Owl an
advantage
 Demonstrated knowledge of project management and the ability to manage multiple
projects, people, and schedules within an academic term framework
 Ability to quickly research, evaluate, and recommend the viability of new technologies and innovations in e-learning
 Ability to relate to faculty academically and bridge understanding of disciplinary
pedagogy to distance delivery formats
 Ability to work with a variety of faculty members, subjects and teaching styles while establishing proactive, positive consulting relationships
 Decision making skills to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of online courses based
on best practices and evaluations from students and instructors
 Effective presentation skills to both small, large and diverse audiences
 Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
 Proven ability and natural inclination to interact with people in a professional,
respectful and diplomatic manner
 Ability to work in a team environment at multiple organizational levels within Western

Equal Employment Opportunity
Western is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and
encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Reference 4155
Apply on or before August 11, 2014

Nanda Dimitrov, Ph.D Associate Director Teaching Support Centre Adjunct Research Scholar Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Western University Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 84624 nanda.dimitrov@uwo.ca www.uwo.ca/tsc

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Contemporary Educational Technology, vol. 5, no. 3 published

From Ali Simsek, Editor of CET:

A new issue of Contemporary Educational Technology (http://www.cedtech.net) is now available online.

The Impact of Generational Status on Instructors’ Reported Technology Usage
Susan Troncoso Skidmore Linda Reichwein Zientek D. Patrick Saxon Stacey L. Edmonson
Volume: 5, Issue: 3, July – 2014
Pages: 179 – 197

Improving First Computer Programming Experiences: The Case of Adapting a Web-Supported and Well-Structured Problem-Solving Method to a Traditional Course
Murat Pasa Uysal
Volume: 5, Issue: 3, July – 2014
Pages: 198 – 217

Perceptions of Blended Learning Competencies and Obstacles among Educational Technology Students in Light of Different Anxiety Levels and Locus of Control
Osamah Ahmad Aldalalah Al-Mothana M. Gasaymeh
Volume: 5, Issue: 3, July – 2014
Pages: 218 – 238

The Role of Internet Addiction and Social Media Membership on University Students’ Psychological Capital
Eylem Simsek Jale Balaban Sali
Volume: 5, Issue: 3, July – 2014
Pages: 239 – 256

Moderation Effect of Gender on Relationship between Community of Inquiry and Perceived Learning in Blended Learning Environments
Rouhollah Khodabandelou Habibah Ab Jalil Wan Zah Wan Ali Shaffe bin Mohd Daud
Volume: 5, Issue: 3, July – 2014
Pages: 257 – 271

Book Review: 21st Century Skills – Learning for Life in Our Times
Murat Ataizi Mustafa Donmez
Volume: 5, Issue: 3, July – 2014
Pages: 272 – 274

ID Position at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,250. The total consolidated expenditure budget of the University is about HK$5 billion per year.

Educational Development Centre

The mission of the Educational Development Centre is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at the University and support the University’s strategic initiatives in nurturing the development of all-round students with excellent professional competence. The Centre offers a variety of services, including short courses and workshops on teaching and learning, individual consultations, support for student learning outcomes assessment, teaching evaluation services, and activities which promote and support the use of educational technologies to enhance student learning. Please visit the website at http://edc.polyu.edu.hk for more information about the Centre.

Instructional Design Specialist (several posts)

The appointees will be appointed at the substantive level of Educational Development Officer and will be required to (a) promote the effective and integrative use of educational technologies for enhancing teaching and learning at the University such as Learning Management Systems and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); (b) provide consultation and expertise to subject experts and e-learning project teams on effective application of online pedagogy and instructional design in the development of e-learning materials and online instructional systems; (c) coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of e-learning projects; (d) plan, develop and offer professional development opportunities for staff in the areas of instructional design and the appropriate use of instructional technologies; and (e) perform any other duties as assigned by the Director of the Centre or her delegates.

Applicants should have (a) at least a master’s degree in Education or a related field, preferably in Learning and Educational/Instructional Design; (b) a minimum of eight years’ relevant experience in the area of instructional design, preferably in technology-enriched instruction or e-learning projects at university level; (c) a proven competence and expertise in online pedagogy; (d) knowledge of Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, as well as MOOCs, and experience of providing professional development and support for academic staff in these areas; (e) some knowledge of big data analytics; (f) excellent facilitation/interactive teaching skills and a commitment to student-centred learning; (g) a proactive and innovative work style with the ability to work independently and co-operatively; (h) strong organizational, problem-solving and leadership skills; and (i) excellent communication, consultation and interpersonal skills.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of their recent work/accomplishments and attend an interview.
Applicants are invited to contact Mr Ian Brown at email ian.brown@polyu.edu.hk<mailto:ian.brown@polyu.edu.hk> further information.

Remuneration and Condition of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.

Application
Please submit application form via email to hrstaff@polyu.edu.hk<mailto:hrstaff@polyu.edu.hk;>; by fax at (852) 2364 2166; or by mail to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. If you would like to provide a separate curriculum vitae, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process. Application forms can be obtained via the above channels or downloaded from http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/job.htm. The closing date for application is Friday, 29 August 2014. Applicants who are not invited to an interview within two months of the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/jobpics.htm.