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Academic Learning Technologist

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit and contribute to the developments currently underway within the University.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit and contribute to the developments currently underway within the University. The post holder will work as part of a team to provide advice and guidance to staff and students on the use of a range of technologies to support learning and teaching including the Blackboard VLE, Pebblepad e-portfolio and Turnitin Plagiarism detection tool.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

 

 

Closing date: Wednesday 18 Apr 2018

Reference number: ILS1802 - 3591†

Job details

Job details

Salary
Band 6 : £25,728 - £31,604 a year with opportunity to progress to £34,520 a year †
Hours
37 hours (some occasional evening or weekend work may be required)
Start
To be agreed †
Duration
Permanent
Responsible to
Team Leader Learning and Teaching Technology Unit†
Responsible for
N/A†
Interview date
To be confirmed†

Background

Background

We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution. We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. We are now a community of over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines; we are a major employer in the region.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the Universityís on-going and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the Universityís wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

The Learning and Teaching Technology Unit sits within the wider Library Services department and plays a key role in driving forward the University Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy and developing staff and student digital capabilities in collaboration with other university departments. The Library Services management team consists of the University Librarian and section Team Leaders, including the Head of LTTU.

The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment is a core technology used to support learning and teaching and is widely used across the University and in partner institutions off campus. The team provide advice, guidance, training and administration in the use of Blackboard and other key learning technologies.

The University has made a strategic decision to implement Electronic Management of Assessment using Blackboard and Turnitin throughout the University. This is a key project the team are currently working on and the role will involve supporting academic staff in the transition to this new approach to assessment, marking and feedback practice.

The team is also involved in a number of projects to trial and develop new approaches to blended and distributed learning so variety and innovation are key elements of the role.

Values

The University has set out a set of values within its strategic plan that describe the culture and ethos of the organisation.

These values are:

-Intellectual openness and a desire to learn
-Continuous professional development and the evaluation of practice; commitment to personal and othersí professional development
-Best practice; making a high quality professional contribution
-Equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity; acting with integrity, honesty and fairness, without discrimination
-Working with partners and the community
-Social responsibility

Main duties

Main duties

1. To promote, support and develop the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching across the University in line with strategic priorities.

2. To create strong working relationships with teaching staff, providing advice and guidance on using the various systems supported by the team and promoting best practice in the use of TEL.

3. To design and deliver a range of training opportunities for staff and students including face-to-face workshops, online tutorials and web based resources.

4. To work collaboratively with teaching and support staff, design and develop online learning resources such as video material, screencasts and interactive web-based resources.

5. To proactively engage in dialogue with Institutes, including advocating the teamís services and gathering feedback, e.g. through attendance at appropriate committees

6. To work as part of a team, take a creative approach to problem-solving and offer a range of solutions to questions around design and delivery of technology enhanced learning.

7. To actively contribute to team projects such as electronic management of assessment and support colleagues in the delivery of training and development of support materials.

8. To liaise with colleagues across other departments to ensure all support services are kept up to date on TEL related developments.

9. To proactively maintain professional expertise, carry out research and participate in the wider TEL community to keep up to date with developments across the sector.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

 

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential Criteria

1. Undergraduate degree in technology, media or education related subject.

2. Good knowledge and understanding of a range of technologies to support learning and teaching including VLEs, e-portfolios, plagiarism detection platforms and content authoring software.

3. A good understanding of current developments in Learning and Teaching especially regarding the use of technology

4. Commitment to taking a personal responsibility for providing high quality services

5. Ability to communicate enthusiastically and effectively both orally and in writing, and to adapt the communication style to suit a range of audiences.

6. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of people from across the University and externally.

7. Ability to quickly learn new technologies and evaluate their potential in terms of application to learning and teaching.

8. Organised and effective with the ability to work autonomously and use initiative.

9. Ability to work as part of a team and contribute to shared goals and objectives.

Desirable Criteria

1. Teaching or training qualification.

2. Experience of using authoring software to produce learning resources.


Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration .

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality †for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

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