Instructional Technologist

Wenham, Essex County
Aug 01, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design
Employment Type
Full Time
Description of Duties and Tasks: Essential Responsibilities: 1. Function as the technology expert in the Center for Teaching Excellence to promote the adoption of innovative pedagogy across the college. 2. As part of the Center for Teaching Excellence, provide training and assistance to faculty and instructional staff on the use of courseware technology in and out of the classroom. 3. Continually develop and maintain a learning program—delivered both in guided face-to-face and asynchronous/self-paced online formats—to provide as-needed instruction for faculty members (and students as appropriate) to gain expertise using Blackboard courseware and other supported and integrated academic software. 4. Manage all the web-based administrative functions of the Blackboard LMS system and act as the liaison between Blackboard support and the campus. Serve as primary Blackboard client support in the Center for Teaching Excellence for escalated faculty and student requests. 5. Under the guidance of the Coordinator of instructional design, plan and organize “Open Door” technology training and sharing sessions including recorded webinars and technology symposium to expose faculty to current technologies and their applications and providing an opportunity for faculty to showcase their work to their colleagues. 6. In coordination with the coordinator of instructional design, train and support faculty and instructional staff in developing new, innovative and technology-rich ways to actively engage students in the learning process. 7. Assist the coordinator of instructional design in developing standards and materials for online and hybrid learning. 8. Function as the technology point person for Center for Technology Services tickets assigned to the Teaching & Learning team, ensuring timely responses to all assigned inquires. 9. Maintain contact with technology vendors to ensure best-practice deployments and developer-recommended practices. 10. Attend conferences, trainings and other events both online and in-person in order to maintain the skillset needed for this position and to bring back fresh and innovative ideas to Gordon that are successfully being implemented other places. 11. Provide supervision for interns in the Center for Teaching Excellence. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities In order to fully perform the above functions, the instructional technologist must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, or demonstrate that the major responsibilities of the job can be accomplished, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some combination of skills and abilities. 1. Ability to work as a member of the Center for Teaching Excellence as the Center’s expert technologist, and to demonstrate skills commensurate with this identity as well as a proactive attitude toward continual skill development. 2. Commitment to providing quality service to faculty/instructors seeking to incorporate technology into their curriculum. Ability to be seen as a technology leader and expert in the field. 3. Excellent oral and written communications skills, specifically relating to the ability to provide clear instructions to individuals with a wide range of skill levels. 4. Understanding of learning styles, teaching styles, and an ability to differentiate instruction(s) based on the needs of the audience. 5. Experience and agility with both the Macintosh and Windows environment and Gordon's supported software suites and an ability to provide technical support on both platforms. 6. Knowledge of and experience with content presentation technologies including web editing and web-based platforms such as Prezi. 7. Understanding of and experience with integrating technology in the classroom and leveraging technology as a way to drive pedagogical innovation. 8. Extensive prior experience with LMS packages such as Blackboard (preferred) including the creation or management of digital course environments. 9. Experience incorporating technology into instruction at the college level with the ability to show examples of prior projects demonstrating understanding of sound pedagogical principles incorporating technology into the teaching/learning environment. 10. Experience with multimedia tools and processes including video production equipment, audio and video editing software and image editing software. 11. Experience with classroom technologies including virtual whiteboards, lecture capture systems, and “audience” response systems and technologies. 12. Experience with digital pedagogy tools including digital content authoring and synchronous and asynchronous learning tools. 13. Experience with online course development, either direct or through the study of theory and requisite tools (examples must be provided). 14. Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and bring projects to completion on schedule. 15. Dedication to remaining current on trends in learning theories, instructional design methods and tools. 16. Understanding of Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright law, and FERPA. 17. Understanding of and compliance with ADA Section 508 regulations.