The HarvardX Instructional Technologist collaborates with members of the HarvardX instructional development production teams in the development and delivery of high quality, high impact online learning experiences for HarvardX. The HarvardX Instructional Technologist reports to the Senior Manager, Program Operations and is integrally involved in the planning and execution of course build and supports course delivery on various platforms, including edX. The Instructional Technologist manages the course rerun process, with input and support from the instructional development leads and also consults with course teams about accessibility standards and best practices.
The successful HarvardX Instructional Technologist will be known for careful attention to detail and rigor in documentation, consistent work effort over time, the ability to problem solve and work independently, and the ability to frame concise questions for quick, effective discussion and action. The Instructional Technologist will excel at working on multiple projects and tasks at a time, successfully prioritizing work and anticipating issues and being proactive in offering solutions. The Technologist will be known for getting assignments done well and on time, and for bringing a proactive, collaborative attitude to their work.
Builds online learning experiences in the learning management platforms, including edX; primarily learning experiences requiring web design or web development skills in the platforms.
Works closely with Project Leads to customize and modify learning platforms to meet project needs, including offering suggestions on improved uses of technology to meet pedagogical needs. Develops and implements workarounds within learning platforms when appropriate.
Provides day to day support for tools developed in-house.
Manages the course rerun process, including prioritization of courses to be rerun, coordinating with the project lead on any necessary fixes or updates to the courses and determining a budget, working with the Copyright Administrator on copyright status of courses, and ensuring that adequate QA is done on the course prior to rerun.
Designs and delivers hands-on technical training and workshops about building in the learning platforms and technology tools for Project Leads and HarvardX temporary content developers focused on course build and beta testing.
Creates simple media assets for online assessments.
Consults with the HarvardX Instructional Development, Production, Technical Operations and Program Operations groups on accessibility standards and best practices.
Other related duties as assigned.
HarvardX is a highly interconnected environment, and its team members blend expertise in academic disciplines, teaching, pedagogy, multimedia production, educational research, project management, software development, data analysis, and instructional technology. All HarvardX hires are made within the context of the larger team setting, to ensure a balance of expertise and leadership across all these domains.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree preferred
Experience with instructional design and/or instructional technology within a higher education environment
knowledge of the current and emerging standards, practices and frameworks that are relevant to the creation and delivery of accessible online learning content.
Extensive knowledge and experience working with the edX platform
Previous experience with learning management systems and content management systems
Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
Excellent attention to detail and highly organized
Aptitude for learning and applying new technologies quickly and effectively
Ability to work consistently and constructively in a fast paced, highly matrixed environment
Ability to work independently, take initiative, and prioritize work effectively
Prior experience handling confidential matters with appropriate discretion
Experience with image and audio editing software
Basic knowledge of Python or R
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50189BR
About Harvard University Administration
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.