Archives for April 2014

The High Value of Online College Education Infographic

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Click here to enlarge. Source: e-Learning Infographics

Instructional Design Coordinator Position Opening

NIU is seeking an Instructional Design Coordinator to join the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center to offer training programs and high-level individual and group consultations on instructional design and course transformation suitable for both classroom and distributed learning.

POSITION: 12-month full-time, supportive professional staff position

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Keep current with emerging pedagogies and instructional best practices.
  2. Offer high-level individual and group consultations on instructional design and course transformation suitable for both classroom and distributed learning.
  3. Develop and deliver training programs on instructional tools and techniques including distributed learning quality assurance for faculty, teaching staff and teaching assistants.
  4. Design and develop quick guides, informational materials, and tutorials on emerging teaching and learning techniques for the Center.
  5. Contribute to the planning and assessment activities of the Center.
  6. Design, implement, and maintain online quality assurance metrics for the Center.
  7. Maintain and further develop online and social media communications for the Center.
  8. Collaborate with Center staff on various programs, resources and services offered by the Center.
  9. Represent the Center in teaching and learning-related committees internal and external to the institution.
  10. Work closely with the Director and Center staff on various activities related to the mission of the Center as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Master’s degree in instructional technology, computer science or related fields is required.
  • At least 1-year experience with learning management systems and online pedagogies suitable for a higher education environment is required.
  • Knowledge of instructional design principles, pedagogical techniques, and use of instructional technologies suitable for a range of teaching and learning modalities is required.
  • At least 1-year experience in the design, development and delivery of tutorials on instructional best practices suitable for a higher education audience is required.
  • Ability to prepare and disseminate informational materials through the web and social media is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, planning and organizational abilities, problem-solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment are required.
  • Experience using Windows, Mac, office productivity tools, online teaching tools, and social media tools for teaching purposes is required.
  • Knowledge of online course quality assurance standards and review process is required.
  • Experience designing and maintaining web communications is required.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Doctoral degree or experience teaching in a higher education environment is preferred.

APPLICATION

Send a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information for three recent professional references related to the position by May 25, 2014 to facdev@niu.edu

The position will remain open until filled. This is a campus search, but applications received from outside the campus will also be considered. Contact (815) 753-0595 or facdev@niu.edu for more information.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

Research Associate Position Opening

NIU is seeking a Research Associate to research faculty development-related teaching tools and technologies, acquire, and manage them for the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

POSITION: 12-month full-time, supportive professional staff position

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Research faculty development-related teaching tools and technologies, acquire, and manage them for the Center.
  2. Assist faculty development staff with special projects and programs such as teaching effectiveness institutes, teaching assistant orientation, teaching with technology institute, etc.
  3. Offer high-level individual and group training and consultations to faculty development staff on emerging faculty development tools and technologies to help them assist faculty.
  4. Oversee issues related to management and analysis of faculty development program and consultations data, and prepare progress reports.
  5. Facilitate interactions between the Center and other units on campus on faculty development needs, and identify opportunities for improving the operations of the Center.
  6. Research faculty development centers at other universities, develop peer benchmarks on programs, tools, and technologies, and assist the Center with implementing similar efforts.
  7. Assist faculty with unique faculty development needs related to teaching, technology integration, professional development, etc.
  8. Manage center’s specialized productivity tools and technologies, and develop tutorials and documentation to assist Center staff as necessary.
  9. Represent the Center in faculty development-related committees and groups within the university.
  10. Work closely with the Director and Center staff on various activities as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Master’s degree in computer science, instructional technology or related fields is required.
  • At least 1-year experience in managing and participating in multiple projects in both lead and support roles, and solving unique problems is required.
  • At least 1-year experience with instructional technologies and pedagogies in a higher education environment is required.
  • Ability to research emerging faculty development related teaching tools and technologies and train others is required.
  • Experience using Windows, Mac, office productivity tools, database tools, and online teaching tools for faculty development purposes is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, planning and organizational abilities, problem-solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment are required.
  • Ability to diagnose and resolve problems related to range of teaching tools and technologies is required.
  • Experience designing and disseminating tutorials and informational materials is required.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Doctoral degree or experience teaching in a higher education environment is preferred.

APPLICATION

Send a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information for three recent professional references related to the position by May 25, 2014 to facdev@niu.edu

The position will remain open until filled. This is a campus search, but applications received from outside the campus will also be considered. Contact (815) 753-0595 or facdev@niu.edu for more information.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

Blended Learning Infographic: A Disruptive Innovation

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Click here to enlarge. Source: e-Learning Infographics

Preview of New Features in Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 12/14

The 2014 Blackboard update at NIU to Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 14 delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools. For example, the new test exception feature makes it easier to adjust test settings for individual students, group management is quicker, and the inline grading side-bar is added to additional tools like blogs and discussions. The new Quick Links button makes it easier to navigate Blackboard with a screen reader, the new Achievements tool adds the ability to recognize students with badges and certificates, and the new Date Management feature helps update availability and due dates after performing a course copy. To prepare for the anticipated update, watch this preview offered 4/18/14 to learn more about these (and more!) enhancements and features.

For complete details about NIU’s planned upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 12/14 during Summer 2014, visit niu.edu/blackboard/upgrade

For archives of other online workshops offered by NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, visit our YouTube channel. Follow Jason Rhode on Twitter @jrhode