Hiring: Graduate Assistant for Distance Education, Office of Instructional Consulting

ic_logo_smGraduate Assistantship- Distance Education Specialist,
Office of Instructional Consulting
Application Due: Friday, April 10th, 2009

Position Description:
The Office of Instructional Consulting, School of Education announces an additional opening of one Graduate Assistant position for the coming 2009-2010 academic years. The candidate will work collaboratively with faculty, faculty assistants, technical support staff and other instructional consultants to design and develop courses, materials and course management strategies for online courses.

The IC specializes in consulting with faculty in areas of course design, technology integration, assessment and evaluation, and instructional innovations. This Graduate Assistant will join an instructional consulting team that works with School of Education faculty members and associate instructors. Projects are varied, ranging from just-in-time consulting with walk-in clients to extensive, team-based development projects. The Instructional Consulting Office is a friendly, comfortable, though demanding work environment, located within the School of Education. Applicants should be team players and comfortable working with firm deadlines.

The candidate will serve as a member of the instructional consulting team specializing in distance education support and outreach.  Key responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with instructors and faculty teams to adapt course content to online delivery. Provide consultative support to faculty members on integrating instructional principles and technology into the design of distance courses.
  • Plan and assist with the delivery of orientations, workshops, and presentations relating to online teaching and learning.
  • Identify effective and innovative online teaching resources and develop web and/or print materials on teaching for internal and external distribution.
  • Recommend appropriate technologies in developing new course materials, delivery mechanisms, and course/instructor/student assessments.
  • Identify hardware and software solutions for web-based instructional products with faculty, assist in conducting product testing, and prepare user support materials.
  • Identify/develop systems of evaluation and assessment for online courses and learning, and assist faculty/departments in incorporating them into their courses/curricula.
  • Investigate and solve instructional technology problems experienced by faculty and students engaged in online teaching and learning.
  • Research and test newly emerging technologies that will prove useful for online education.

Applicants should have knowledge and experience in the following (relevant technologies in parentheses):

  • Teaching at the higher education or K-12 level and/or user consulting
  • Knowledge of distance education/online pedagogy and research
  • Knowledge of best practices and instructional strategies for online learning
  • Online communication tools (Adobe Connect, Skype, Seesmic, ustream, IM, etc..)
  • Digital Video Production (iMovie, Adobe Premiere, iDVD, Sony Vegas Video)
  • Digital Media Production- podcasting, screencasting (Audacity, Garageband, iTunes U, Camtasia)
  • Emerging Web 2.0 Educational Technologies (Blogs, Wikis, Social networking sites)
  • Web Design & Development (Dreamweaver, XHTML, CSS, Javascript/AJAX, Contribute, DotNetNuke)
  • Graphic Design (Photoshop, Fireworks)
  • Learning Management Systems (Sakai/Oncourse, Blackboard, Moodle)
  • Other Learning Technologies (Raptivity, e-reserves, turnitin.com, surveymonkey)
  • Interactive Design (Flash, Silverlight)
  • Information design (MS Office and MS Access, MS Excel)
  • Experience with Mac and Windows operating systems

We realize that no one candidate may have expertise in all of the above areas, but candidates should have expertise in at least some of the above technologies and the willingness to quickly learn about others. Experience in teaching, designing and/or taking of online classes is preferred, but not required.

About the Position:
The Graduate assistantship is a 12-month position, July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010—possibly renewable.  It is a three-quarter-time GA position requiring a regular schedule of 30 hours per week primarily between the hours of 9am and 5pm, M-F.  On some special occasions, the GA is expected to help with events in the evening or on weekends.  The position includes 12 hours of fee remission per semester with up to 6 credits summer fee remission, as well as a monthly stipend and graduate student health insurance.  We are looking for applicants who are at an advanced stage in the doctoral program.

To Apply:
Send an up-to-date CV with mention of specific qualifications, including experience and expertise with the software and hardware systems mentioned above, and including specific examples of past projects (provide URLs or a CD or DVD), at least two references (names and contact information), and written permission from advisor or department chair for 30 hours/weekly work (can be email) by Friday, April 10 to:

Karen Hallett-Rupp
Director, Instructional Consulting
W.W. Wright Education Building, room 2008


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