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12 Sep 2013

Full-Time Instructional Technologist Specialist (Houston, TX)

Rice University – Posted by TechWhirl Houston, Texas, United States

Job Description

Job Title: Instructional Technologist Specialist
DepartmentDigital Teaching and Learning
Employment CategoryFull-Time
Requisition Number14077
Posting Date08-27-2013
Closing DateOpen Until Filled
Rice University Standard of Civility
Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.
Position Summary
The Instructional Technologist Specialist will provide leadership and advocacy to advance interactive instructional technology solutions that enhance student engagement and learning in the Rice Online Initiative. In this role, the Instructional Technologist Specialist will consult and collaborate with faculty and team members to integrate innovative instructional technology with instructional design, media and subject area content for Rice Online courses. The Instructional Technologist Specialist will provide frontline technical user support for external platforms, coordinate data requests and reporting of Rice Online program and course analytics and assist with the development of Rice Online program infrastructure.The Instructional Technology Specialist will report to the Office of the Provost and the Information Technology Division. The Specialist will work closely with the Rice Online Program Director to ensure innovative instructional technology in Rice Online courses achieve the University’s standards for excellence. The Instructional Technologist Specialist will collaborate with Educational Technologies Manager to coordinate instructional technology integration in Rice Online courses, define future instructional technology needs of Rice Online, troubleshoot technical issues and recommend effective instructional technologies for campus-wide dissemination.

Education Required
Bachelor’s Degree
Instructional technology, curriculum and instruction, or related field.
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
Experience Required
3 years
Experience in development and programing for learning management systems such as Sakai, edX, and Coursera.
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.
License/Certification Required
Not specified.
Other Skills Required
– Ability to collect end-user instructional goals and needs, and translate them into digital services for in-class, and online use.
– Strong background in pedagogy and education, and the effective integration of instructional technology with new or existing curricula.
– Ability to push content to production servers predictably and cleanly.
– Ability to explore, learn, and teach new technologies and pedagogical methods.
– Expertise in design and implementation of learning and program assessment.
– Proficiency in MS Windows and Apple OSX operating systems, with an understanding of how each can affect user experience in the classroom and online.
– Expertise in data gathering, and analytics for online systems with experience in report development and creation for a multitude of constituents.
– Working knowledge of web tools, technologies and best practices, including design development protocols, publishing software, user experience design, quality assurance processes, and multimedia production.
– Ability to create multimedia rich environments through the Web.
– Demonstrated proficiency in widely used programming languages and frameworks, such as XML, HTML, CSS, and Java.
– Ability to establish good working relationships with a wide range of people within an academic community.
– Commitment to providing outstanding service and support to students, faculty, and staff.
– Outstanding communication and customer service skills.
– Strong capability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
– Fluent in written and spoken English. Ability to communicate clearly with individual computing users on all levels – in small groups, one on one, and in writing.
Education Preferred
Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, educational technology, or related field.
Experience Preferred
– Five years relevant experience in instructional technology.
– Experience working with higher education faculty.
– Experience developing and delivering training and effective support materials.
License/Certification Preferred
Other Skills Preferred
– Knowledge of a wide range of learning tools and multimedia software, (e.g. digital video, Camtasia, audience response systems, etc.).
– Ability to apply instructional technology to instructional designs in new and innovative ways that produce creative and effective online education.
– Test-Driven development abilities.
– Proven proficiency in Python.
– Ability to write documentation and training materials.
– Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously without splintering.
– Proficiency with a wide range of video conferencing tools and services.
Physical Demands
Capable of lifting computer equipment up to 25 lbs.
Working Conditions
(e.g. Weekend/evening work, travel, inclement weather, hazards)
Will be required to carry a cell phone and be reachable during off hours as determined by management.May be required to work weekends or evenings for major project deadlines or events.

Non-Smoking environment.

Salary InformationSalary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications
Benefits EligibleBenefits Eligible
Job Posting Category
Information Technology
Eligible for OvertimeNo
Work ScheduleMonday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Eligible for Shift DifferentialNot Shift Differential Eligible
Security SensitiveYes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Description of job responsibility/duty:
– Investigate, assess, administer, and document the application of learner-centered technologies to instruction in Rice Online’s web-based and blended courses.
– Develop and implement technology-driven interactive learning solutions in Rice Online courses in collaboration with instructional designer, videographer and faculty-led course teams.
– Assist Rice Online faculty with innovations in rich media and integrated instructional technology for courses delivered through external platforms, campus infrastructure, and/or cloud-based services.
– Engage in rapid prototyping and iterative development through quick and efficient builds of prototypes and experimentation of other technologies.
– Assist Rice Online faculty with flipping classrooms and creating interactive blended and online learning solutions for Rice students.
– Develop, deliver, and promote high quality program infrastructure, including tools and resources for Rice Online faculty.
– Provide frontline technical user support for Rice Online teams.
– Assist faculty and teams with troubleshooting technical issues on external course platforms in coordination with external service providers and Educational Technologies.
– Coordinate and fulfill data requests for Rice Online faculty and teams
Support Rice Online faculty and course teams with data management and reporting.
– Prepare regular program reports with Rice Online program and course analytics.
– Maintain processes for quality course performance and technical support.
– Contribute to the development and maintenance of the Rice Online website.
– Collaborate with Rice Online team and Educational Technologies to define future instructional technology needs for Rice Online.
– Collaborate with Rice Online team and Educational Technologies to recommend instructional technology solutions for institutional implementation.
– Coordinate and align Rice Online technical processes with Educational Technologies.
Participate in campus groups and organizations related to teaching and learning with technology.

Job Categories: Content Management/Strategy. Job Types: Full-Time.

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