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ONLINE & DISTANCE LEARNING (ODL) INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST



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Deadline Date: Friday, May 04, 2018
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ONLINE & DISTANCE LEARNING (ODL) INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST  (2 Year Consultancy in First Instance) 

Applications are invited for the post of Online and Distance Learning (ODL) Instructional Specialist, through the online project, Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (TLET) in conjunction with the Academic Programming and Delivery Division, The University of the West Indies, Open Campus, Mona, Jamaica.

Online and Distance Learning (ODL) Instructional Specialists provide pedagogical/ andragogical training and curriculum guidance to faculty to improve the quality of faculty instructional practice for the promotion of excellence in online teaching and learning. In addition the successful candidate will be required to teach a minimum of one course each year to remain current in the field of online teaching and learning and to lead ODL instructional practice through research based practice.   

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE  

Candidates for the position should possess:  

  • a Master’s degree in any of the following fields: Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Education in Higher Education (Online and Distance Education), Distance Education, or other related ODL education qualifications; a Doctoral degree (Ed.D or Ed.S preferred);

  • certification in any of the following areas will be an asset in online mentoring, coaching, designing teaching/learning assessments, and teacher evaluation;   

  • five (5) years experience teaching at the undergraduate/graduate level, and educational supervision;

  • proven record of three (3) years teaching excellence in online/distance education; 

  • experience in an educational supervisory role in online education;

  • experience using a wide range of learner-centred teaching and learning methods and best practices for online and distance learning (ODL);

  • practical experience with digital learning;  

  • practical experience in addressing equality issues in teaching and learning in an ODL environment;

  • experience incorporating and assessing competencies in online curricula; 

  • experience working with a collaborative cross-disciplinary team with the highest degree of collegiality.

     

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NEEDED 

 Knowledge:

 

  • knowledge and demonstrated practice in online learner-centred teaching;

  • knowledge and application of different design models which enhance learner and faculty engagement;

  • practical execution of competency based learning and assessment and testing and  measurement principles, and evaluation methods in online and distance education;

  • knowledge of current research and trends in ODL pedagogy/andragogy, web conferencing applications and associated instructional technology, and curriculum /instructional design methods;

  • knowledge of accessibility issues and universal design.

 


Skills:  

 

  • excellent interpersonal skills;

  • excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • excellent organizational, and time management skills;

  • excellent ICT skills – competence in using LMS and Web Conferencing tools (Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate, BbC Plan) and dealing with software constraints and possibilities;

  • proven record of exemplary leadership qualities and personal characteristics necessary for working with adult learners;

  • ability to work collaboratively as part of a virtual team and participate in consultative decision making;

  • analytical, critical, reflective and innovative thinking skills to improve teaching culture in the delivery of online programmes;

  • proficiency in the use of multiple methods for teaching online – Asynchronous and Synchronous; 

  • effective coaching skills; 

  • design and creative skills - demonstrate competence in designing a training framework and excellence in creating clear, concise and effective instructional training materials for online/distance education;

  • attention to pedagogical quality – ability to introduce, review and implement strategies to maintain the pedagogical quality of implemented solutions;

  • communicative competence - effective facilitator/presenter with the ability to convey complex/technical information in a simple, understandable manner; and

     

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES   

The successful candidate will be required to:  

  • work primarily online with adjunct faculty to provide training in current pedagogical/andragogical best practices in online teaching and learning through workshops, seminars, demonstrations and coaching; 

  • observe teaching/learning on the Learning Exchange – identify instructional needs and provide small group and individual interventions;

  • provide curriculum and instructional guidance in a variety of areas including teaching methods, instructional skills development, competency-based teaching, creating inclusive online learning environments, promoting online classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and reflective practice;

  • promote and support the production of teaching and learning materials;

  • conduct and/or publish research. 

     

SALARY RANGE   
  • USD 45,000.00 - 72,000.00 per annum.

 

Placement will depend on qualifications and experience. 

The OC is a young and rapidly growing campus of The University of the West Indies. It should be expected that specific assignments and job responsibilities would evolve over time. We seek an individual who is adaptable and comfortable with change, growth and transformation.  

Applications should be made on forms obtainable from the Open Campus website: http://www.open.uwi.edu/hrmd/employment-opportunities-opportunities and sent via email as soon as possible, along with an up-to-date curriculum vitae to:

 

The Director of Human Resources

C/o The University of the West Indies

Open Campus 

 

Via Email: human.resources@open.uwi.edu

 

Applicants are advised to request referees to send references under CONFIDENTIAL cover directly to the Director of Human Resources, without waiting to be contacted by the University. 

 

Short listed applicants will be contacted and required to submit a Showcase e-Portfolio, which demonstrates the quality of ones work and skills as an educator in ODL.  The portfolio should include both self-assessment and reflection elements and artifacts that demonstrate exemplary work. Successful short listed applicants will then proceed through a practical process which will include a presentation/demonstration on a topic chosen by the Head of Department and a final interview by a panel.