The case for
What was something you knew you had to keep when transitioning from in person to online teaching?
Perhaps it was your weekly quizzes, cheesy jokes, open office hours or the community you were able to foster among your students...
Let's do the transition the other way around. What can we keep from our experiments in online learning?
Auto-graded quizzes and exams? Better accessibility in our classrooms? Private 24/7 grade book? Virtual submission folders that can be graded by you or a TA from anywhere in the world? The possibilities are endless!
Thank you for your interest in the Online Learning and Technology Consultant (OLTC) Program.
This fall, Bishop's University is hiring 8 full-time students as OLTCs to support professors as they design academic courses for the winter 2022 term. Since its inception in 2020, the OLTC program has been an invaluable resource across all divisions, especially since harnessing technology to enhance student learning has become so crucial in the delivery of a high-quality 21st century liberal education.
Students will work closely with a number of mentors, including the Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, an instructional designer, and Information Technology Services (ITS); their training and development will also be supported by the Experiential Leaming Office and the Senate Committee of Teaching and Learning.
OLTCs will receive technological skills-based training on Moodle, video recording platforms, Microsoft Teams and other edu-tech programs. The OLTCs will also be trained in high-impact pedagogical practices, inclusive and DID teaching and learning, experiential and problem-based learning, and other research and theoretically informed approaches to student-centred learning.
• Genuine interest in helping faculty navigate online and hybrid teaching/learning
• Please note: Familiarity and/or interest in online learning technologies (Moodle, digital media tools), productivity software (Microsoft Office), and web-conferencing technology (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack, Discord, etc.) is not mandatory! You can come as a technology novice but what is essential is a curiosity and delight in how people learn
• Strong written and verbal communication skills (English)
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Ability to work in teams as well as autonomously
• Flexibility to manage variations in workload over the term; ability to juggle multiple priorities
• Creativity and initiative to propose and implement ideas for delivering academic programming online and improving the Bishop’s student experience
• Experience tutoring or working as a student marker is an asset
• You must be enrolled as a full-time student at Bishop's University
• As this position is “remote” and focussed on online work and resource creation, you must have a computer (cannot only be a tablet or phone) in good working order
• Your computer must have a working camera and microphone for participating in online discussions and potentially for use recording content
• You must have access to high speed internet at your home, on campus, or at a workplace that you can access 7 days a week.
• Expected work term: October 1, 2022 - January 2023
• Expected weekly hours: 10-15
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please provide a one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:
Why are you interested in this position?
What skill set do you bring to the role?
What is the future of higher education in a new post-covid world and how can you help to build it?
Please also submit a Curriculum vitae – CV (also called a resume) that outlines past work and volunteer experience. Please also include the names of three people who would act as references (professors, past employers, supervisors)
Please send your application to email@example.com by October 1st, 2022. The application should be addressed to Dr. Jessica Riddell c/o Loch Baillie.
Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted at their BU email address.