E-Learning Specialist – Sault Ste. News Mary

JOB TITLE: E-Learning Specialist – Personnel Bargaining Unit
SERVICE: online learning
POSITION STATUS: Full-time (35 hours/week) – OSSTF Support Staff Union

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Dean of Studies

SUPERVISION: Student assistants

JOB SUMMARY:
Learning Management System (LMS) management 25%
Training and Development 50%
-Instructional Design/Multimedia Activities 25%

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Learning Management System (LMS) Management
Prepare LMSs for the start of each quarter, including but not limited to:
-Update Starter Modules and Instructor Start Here on Brightspace
-Review masters for term preparation (remove specific dates or other references that are out of date, check for broken links, etc.) on Brightspace
-Download masterclasses in future course instances on Brightspace
-Use the intelligent agent to notify instructors of course availability and key term dates on Brightspace
-Review and update Moodle course template for term preparation (adjust dates, remove/add content, etc.)
-Update instructor orientation courses on Moodle and -Brightspace (adjust template availability dates, course dates visibly, etc.)
-Register new teachers for orientation courses on Moodle and Brightspace
-Assist the LMS Support Agent with manual tasks such as instructor registrations, course merges, course visibility, and cancellations when automation is not available
-Provide level two support to professors in the use of LMS
-Develop and implement processes and procedures related to the implementation and maintenance of the LMS
Leverage the use of LMS to enhance the student learning experience
– Migrate, download and integrate content from/to various platforms taking into account digital functions
-Manage the Moodle dashboard for teachers and students (add announcements, update blocks, etc.)
-Create and maintain innovative resources to maximize the effective use of all aspects of LMS functionality

Training and development

-Adapt and create training materials for faculty and students to build capacity in various modes of course delivery including synchronous, asynchronous and a combination of the two on topics such as best practices, design strategies pedagogical and educational technologies
– Leverage internal and external expertise and resources to build capacity for technology-enhanced learning
-Develop and maintain the Center for Teaching and Learning website; leverage as an e-learning knowledge hub for faculty and students
-Create promotional and educational material for potential students related to the use of LMS
-Train and guide teachers on the integration of multimedia assets and the use of digital materials through one-to-one meetings, group sessions or video tutorials
-Train and support instructors in LMSs with the configuration and maintenance of the technical components of the course, including assessments, discussions, gradebooks, integration of external tools and objects
-Create LMS orientation resources for students and faculty, including but not limited to:
-Email new teachers teaching on Moodle outlining important information, resources, support opportunities and dates
-Develop and update eLearning FAQs for faculty and students as needed
-Update and maintain the instructor orientation course on Moodle and Brightspace (upload training videos and tutorials, advertise training opportunities)
-Develop training resources for students to support the use of Brightspace and Moodle
-Participate in student orientation to answer questions about Brightspace and Moodle
-Participate in faculty orientation to provide Brightspace usage information and support
-Develop resources (video, docs, etc.) to support teachers in the use of Brightspace and Moodle
-Coordinate Brightspace and eLearning training events for teachers
-Share information with faculty about upcoming Brightspace, Moodle and eLearning training opportunities
– Develop training materials on good elearning practices
-Provide new teachers with Brightspace sandboxes and/or Moodle test courses
-Meet the teachers one-on-one to help you use Brightspace and Moodle tools and features
-Coordinate and monitor Zoom accounts for teachers teaching blended courses
-Updated Zoom resources and support contacts in Moodle for teachers

Instructional Design/Multimedia Activities
-Provide one-on-one support to teachers regarding the design and delivery of courses on Moodle, including non-academic courses
-Provide individual support to teachers regarding the use of the gradebook on Moodle
-Assist in the development and implementation of processes and procedures related to course development
-Manage course development projects to ensure faculty and staff understand deliverables and deadlines are met for academic and non-academic courses
– Design and update course templates in LMS
Work with content experts and instructors to create and coordinate the development of fully online and interactive courses, course modules and course materials
-Collaborate with content experts and instructors to evaluate and implement the most appropriate educational technologies
Modify and update courses as new editions of material and information become available
Integrate new and emerging technologies into existing courses, course modules and course materials
– Modify course content to incorporate accessibility standards and student-centered approaches
-Ensure that all course content, including multimedia resources, has the appropriate level of accessibility as required by the AODA and other quality assurance standards
-Coordinate and maximize the use of teaching and learning —Center and associated equipment
-Develop multimedia assets and online resources that support the use of technology in teaching
-Create learning resources for course integration
– Produce original video productions, learning objects, course materials, web pages, graphical user interfaces and animations
– Maintain and support previously developed assets by managing collection and storage of source files and finished projects
– Support the integration of multimedia with LMSs by resolving issues and configuring content as needed

WORK CONDITIONS:

Physical effort
○ Minimal – long periods of time in one position (e.g. sitting in front of a computer)

Physical environment
Minimal exposure to unpleasant conditions

Sensory attention
Moderate – Requirement for results and precision, requests made simultaneously, multitasking and meeting deadlines

mental stress
Moderate – Occasional non-regular hours to support course delivery, pressure for deadlines and stakeholder support

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

-Undergraduate degree related to education, instructional design, instructional technology, education technology, and e-learning
– Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in online instructional design and digital media production in higher or adult education required
– Demonstrated ability to apply adult learning principles, instructional design best practices, and learner-centered instructional approaches
– Extensive experience with a range of learning technologies and an ability to identify optimal solutions for different learning solutions
-Technical abilities with Adobe Creative Suite, Learning -Management Systems (specifically, Moodle and Brightspace), -Camtasia, Articulate, WordPress and online video and audio authoring tools required
-Experience and creativity in multimedia layouts and design, knowledge of color design and design theory, and graphic design techniques required
– Demonstrated ability to work with various creative applications in the context of teaching and learning between browsers and computers, and how multimedia affects people with special needs
– Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office (especially Word and Excel) and G-Suite required
-Experience designing educational experiences and/or resources for Indigenous learners and/or other non-traditional student groups
-Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills in English
-Excellent organizational and time management skills
– Creative and innovative thinker
-Ability to work with little or no supervision
-Great attention to detail
-High requirement for tact and professionalism in building relationships with colleagues, content experts and partners
-Commitment to and understanding of Algoma University’s special mission and the Seven Grandfather Teachings;
-Vulnerable police sector check is required.

Norma A. Roth