Coordinator of Five College Blended Learning Instructional Technology

Northampton, Hampshire County
Jan 17, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design
Five Colleges, Incorporated, a consortium whose member institutions are Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and University of Massachusetts Amherst, is accepting applications for a Coordinator of Five College Blended Learning Instructional Technology (hereinafter Instructional Technologist). Reporting to the Director of Information Technology the Instructional Technologist is responsible for managing, coordinating and providing support for a broad range of pilot projects exploring blended learning in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Instructional Technologist coordinates or provides support for faculty projects from the IT staff members of Five Colleges and the campuses; serves as a general resource person for faculty members and other instructional technology staff members at the campuses; provides training and support for blended learning and associated technologies for faculty members, students and staff members at the campuses and Five Colleges and assists in the creation of new digital materials (printed, video, audio, tools) while supporting faculty members and students in their use. This is a full-time, 3 year, limited-term position. Salary range $60,000 - $75,000, depending on experience. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Work closely with the 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. Plan, develop, and deliver workshops, training programs, documentation, videos and other resources to assist faculty members with the integration of instructional technologies into the projects. Arrange, manage and provide instructional technology support for each project. Supervise other blended learning instruction technology support staff members at Five Colleges; attend meetings as assigned, serving as FCI liaison and/or minute taker as needed. Assess progress toward the overall project goals and individual 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 and other related duties as assigned by Director of IT. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate level degree in a field of humanities, humanistic social sciences, instructional design, educational technology, or related field. Demonstrated experience and expertise in/with: • Developing assessment tools to gauge student learning and engagement; • Application and development of current and emerging learning technologies, web-based learning environments, rich media tools and Universal Design principles; • 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 including Moodle; • Adult learning theories, instructional theories, and practices; • Demonstrated ability to stay current on new technologies and tools and to learn new tasks and technologies quickly; • Proven record of working effectively with a diverse group of faculty members, staff members, and students with differing levels of technological abilities. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational and project management skills; sound judgment; initiative; flexibility; and detail-orientation; • Fluency with one or more common programming/scripting languages, such as Python, PHP, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, and relational databases. • Meet the physical expectations of the position, which include: o Visual ability to read computer screens and printed materials; o Hearing and speaking abilities to effectively communicate via the telephone and in person; and o Ability to pack, unpack, lift and carry, move, and relocate standard desktop computer equipment including monitors, desktop computers and printers. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Demonstrated experience with HTML, CSS, or web delivery tools such as Drupal (note experience with Moodle is required). • 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. • Graduate level degree and teaching experience for students in second language acquisition (other than English). • College or university teaching experience. This is a 3-year grant-funded position. Review of applications will begin January 27, 2014 and continue until position is filled. To be considered for this position, apply on-line at Five Colleges, Incorporated and its member institutions are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.