The Instructional Technologist at the Center for Teaching (CFT) will support faculty, staff, and students using Brightspace, Vanderbilt's campus-wide course management system, and related online learning platforms. The Instructional Technologist will report to the CFT's Assistant Director for Educational Technology as part of the CFT's Brightspace support team, working collaboratively with CFT staff and others involved in supporting teaching at the university.
The CFT was founded in 1986 and currently has thirteen full-time staff positions, as well as four graduate student fellows. The CFT offers a variety of professional development programs and opportunities for faculty and graduate students at Vanderbilt, and CFT senior staff have excellent relationships with individual instructors and with departments, programs, and schools. The work of the Assistant Director will be integrated with and supported by the ongoing work of the CFT.
Duties and Responsibilities
Providing frontline technical and pedagogical support for instructors and students using Vanderbilt's course management system and related technologies (Turnitin, Perusall, Proctorio, and so on), primarily via email and phone, with support hours to be determined but including a Saturday shift
Educating instructors about features available in Vanderbilt's course management system and related technologies through remote and in-person training sessions as well as online, on-demand resources
Coordinating and collaborating both internally and with other campus units involved in educational technology, particularly online learning platforms
Supporting instructor and student involvement in piloting new online learning platforms and platform features
Keeping informed on current and emerging course management system technologies, including Vanderbilt's, and other online learning platforms.
This position requires an Associate's degree and a minimum of 12 months of relevant experience. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a client-oriented work ethic, and analytic and problem-solving skills
Proficiency with course management systems, such as Brightspace, particularly instructor functions within such systems
Experience providing faculty or student support for academic software or systems, especially course management systems, including the use of ticketing systems
Experience with Macintosh and Windows operating systems and hardware
Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000052
About Vanderbilt University
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