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Company:
Oregon State University
Division:
Extended Campus
City:
Corvallis
State:
Oregon
Country:
USA
Posted: 02/3/2017
Course Development and Training Specialist
POSITION SUMMARY 

OSU Ecampus is seeking a Course Development and Training Specialist. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.

The Course Development and Training Specialist is a full-time professional faculty member who reports to the Assistant Director of Course Development and Training (CDT) within OSU Ecampus. OSU Ecampus is part of the Division of Extended Campus. It is a fast-growing entrepreneurial organization with a commitment to providing access to Oregon State University’s programs of excellence.

The Course Development and Training Specialist enhances the quality of online and hybrid courses and learning materials by extending the instructional design support provided to faculty in new course developments beyond the development phase into the facilitation and maintenance phase. The person in this position provides just-in-time pedagogical, course development, and technological support and consultation for faculty in developing and maintaining course materials, and in facilitating online and hybrid courses. The person in this position also manages ongoing maintenance of course sites and related systems; troubleshoots and solves problems in the learning management system; contributes to the development and facilitation of faculty training documentation and programs; and instructs faculty members on methods to improve facilitation and maintenance of distance courses.

The Course Development and Training Specialist plays a significant role in the planning, testing and training of new learning technologies and applications that are being considered for adoption. The person in this role also conducts testing and provides documentation and training for upcoming changes to the LMS and other academic technologies, such as plagiarism prevention or screen-casting software.

The Course Development and Training Specialist also provides leadership and training for a large team of student employees who assist the instructional design and media development teams with course and media development tasks. The person in this position also supervises the student workers, including scheduling, training, project management, assigning and reviewing work, and hiring/firing/responding to grievances.

POSITION DUTIES 

40% – Course Development and Training

Consults with faculty, collaborates with internal  team members, and provides leadership and management of a large team of student workers in multiple areas related to online and hybrid course development and training.

Extends instructional design consultation, troubleshooting, and just-in-time training and support beyond the distinct course development phase through ongoing facilitation and maintenance phases for faculty teaching online and hybrid courses.

Using knowledge of instructional design, learning theory, pedagogy, and academic technology, consults with faculty on methods to improve facilitation and maintenance of distance courses.

Develops and facilitates faculty training sessions as part of CDT’s training program for faculty developing and facilitating online and hybrid courses.

Consults with faculty after the delivery of newly and previously developed courses to evaluate course design and engagement structures; assists with course modifications as needed; and brings evaluation information back to internal team members involved in instructional design and faculty training.

Develops documentation and training materials and programs; conducts individual and group trainings for faculty and teaching assistants about online course development, maintenance, and teaching strategies and best practices in the use of academic technologies.

Continually trains and mentors a large team of student workers who assist instructional designers and media developers in course development tasks, course building, and course maintenance.

25% – Instructional Technology

Trains faculty and student employees in the use of the learning management system and other technologies used in course building, facilitation, and maintenance.

Provides university-wide committee or task force work on behalf of Extended Campus as the university adopts new academic technologies and associated pedagogies and teaching strategies.

Maintains detailed knowledge of frequently updated  features and functionality, previewing upcoming changes.

Provides planning and testing support for new and changing academic technologies.

20% – Project Management

Managing routine course development and maintenance projects, as well as projects related to the use of academic technologies used in developing and teaching online and hybrid courses.

Oversees and provides project management for all tasks related to ongoing course delivery, maintenance, and updates, including regular quarterly faculty communications regarding course migration on a term-by-term basis and updating content and exams.

10% – Supervising

Supervision of student workers 

In addition to daily leadership and management of student workers, this position also directly supervises student employees by conducting onboarding and training, managing work schedules, assigning work, reviewing quality of work, and setting deadlines for projects in coordination with faculty and  team. Hires/fires/responds to grievances.

Maintains sufficient staff to support course building demands during the year.

5% – Professional development and service

Attends professional workshops and meetings, sharing knowledge with the  team and other Extended Campus colleagues. Also enhances expertise by reading appropriate professional journals and trade publications. Provides service to   members as needed.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, adult education, instructional technology, academic technology, curriculum design, communications, or related field; or,
  • Bachelor’s degree in another field with three years of experience in an instructional technology/faculty support role.
  • Demonstrated successful experience using academic technology (such as learning management or courseware system) and/or supporting other educators in using academic technology.
  • Demonstrated success in managing or coordinating projects
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Experience training or teaching others, especially related to technology.
  • High level of literacy with technology, especially educational technology such as Canvas, Blackboard, or Moodle learning management systems
  • Experience or demonstrated aptitude for problem-solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, electronic, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in team-oriented, collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Experience interacting with diverse groups of people, especially in a professional context.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience in a higher education environment.
  • Experience managing or supervising employees.
  • Experience managing or supervising student employees.
  • Demonstrated experience with adult learning theory, pedagogy, and/or distance education.
  • Familiar with accessibility standards for online materials.

CLOSING DATE

2/19/2017

To review posting and apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/38122

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans,  community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.