Reporter 448, 6 March 2000


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To all Deans (L&T), HoRCs, Directors of Learning and Teaching

 

21st February 2000

 

C&IT in the Curriculum

Increasing numbers of teaching staff are keen to make fuller use of C&IT in module delivery, but are currently held back from doing so by a lack of specific support. HEFCE has recently earmarked over half a million pounds for the University of Leeds for a programme of faculty based support of C&IT in the curriculum. This will be spent on providing teaching staff with the help and expertise they need to make substantial new and enhanced use of C&IT in the curriculum. In addition, the Flexible Learning Development Unit will appoint a C&IT learning resources Prototyping Officer to support the project.

The aim of the programme is to accelerate the take up of C&IT to enhance student learning and teaching delivery on a module by module basis. The funding will provide for the appointment of a Project Officer in each Faculty for a period of two years. The Project Officers will work with teaching staff to draw up and implement plans for targeted developments in a range of specific modules. Possible examples include: the use of electronic assessment; web-based distance learning initiatives; the use of the various facilities within the Nathan Bodington Building and other web-based learning environments; the development of electronic teaching materials and courseware; initiatives to improve access for the disabled; and much more.

A small Steering Group (reporting to the University’s Learning and Teaching Board) will oversee the programme, provide a hub of central support and advice, and facilitate rapid cross fertilisation of ideas and practice throughout the University.

The immediate next step is to appoint the Project Officers. These will be two year appointments, with effect from 1st June 2000. Faculty based Project Officers will have responsibilities for specialist C&IT-based teaching and learning support within their faculty. The Prototyping Officer will support all faculties. A job description is attached both for the Faculty Project Officers and for the Prototyping Officer. Individuals wishing to be considered for these positions, and Heads of Schools and Faculty Deans wishing to make nominations, should contact David Gardner by March 10th 2000. The positions will be advertised externally if there are no suitable internal appointees.

Meanwhile, all teaching staff might like to think about the types of C&IT based innovation they might like to introduce into their own modules, in anticipation of the formal commencement of the HEFCE-funded programme.

 

C&IT in the Curriculum

Faculty Project Officer Job Description

Funding is available to support one post in each Faculty.

"To establish a faculty-based system of support for the incorporation of C&IT-based learning into existing and new modules."

This project will investigate, co-ordinate, and stimulate the use of C&IT in each faculty of the University. The major focus will be on the effective deployment of C&IT in teaching and learning to effect change in taught modules.

We are looking for a team of highly motivated individuals with a background in the innovative use of C&IT for teaching and learning, preferably with a good knowledge of the learning and teaching environment in their Faculty/the University.

The posts require pedagogic, technical, research, organisational and communication skills. Team-working skills will be essential to ensure that the team of Project Officers maximise their impact across the University.

 

 

Person Specification

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

 

First degree in a relevant discipline

C&IT qualification

Learning and teaching qualification

Work related experience:

Introducing learning and teaching innovation

Staff development in an HE environment

Use of C&IT in learning and teaching

Developing web sites

Learning technologies and authoring systems

Reviewing learning technology materials/products

Skills and abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to explain technical processes for the non-technical

Team & collaborative working

Ability to develop learning technology resources using a variety of authoring tools.

Excellent oral and communication skills

Ability to multi task, prioritise work and meet deadlines

 

Ability to motivate change in peers

 

 

 

C&IT in the Curriculum

Prototyping Officer Job Description

"To establish a faculty-based system of support for the incorporation of C&IT-based learning into existing and new modules."

This project will investigate, co-ordinate, and stimulate the use of C&IT in each faculty of the University. The major focus will be on the effective deployment of C&IT in teaching and learning to effect change in taught modules.

The C&IT Project will generate a need to develop new innovative computer-based learning materials. Full scale CBL/Multimedia development is beyond the scope and resources of the project. There will, however, inevitably be a requirement for experimentation, prototyping, proof of concept and demonstrator development. These demonstrators can then be used to attract the resources necessary for full scale development.

FLDU will provide this service through a C&IT Project Prototyping Officer.

 

C&IT Project Prototyping Officer: Job Description

Funding is available to support a full time post in the Flexible Learning Development Unit (FLDU) for two years starting May 2000.

The appointment will be on Admin/Library/Computing Grade 2 (currently £18,915 - £24,479 depending on qualification and experience).

We are looking a highly motivated individual preferably with a background in the innovative use of C&IT for teaching and learning. S/he should have excellent IT skills and be familiar with Dynamic HTML, Javascript, Client-side Java, and authoring environments such as Toolbook and Authorware. We would expect applicants to be able to demonstrate materials they have produced.

The post requires technical, research, organisational and communication skills.

Person Specification

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

 

First degree in a relevant discipline

C&IT qualification

Learning and teaching qualification

Work related experience:

Used to dealing with clients to identify their needs and provide appropriate advice.

Staff development in an HE environment

The production of learning resources using a variety of authoring tools.

Use of C&IT in learning and teaching

Learning technologies and authoring systems

Reviewing learning technology materials/products

Skills and abilities

Good programming skills in a variety of environments

Ability to explain technical processes for the non-technical

Familiarity with Dynamic HTML, Javascript, Client-side Java, and authoring environments such as Toolbook and Authorware

Team & collaborative working

Awareness of the pedagogy underlying flexible learning.

Excellent oral and communication skills

Ability to multitask, prioritise work and meet tight deadlines