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Head - e-Learning Academy

Posted on:  10-Jun-2022
Job Req ID:  952
Division:  Higher Education (HE)
Department:  Learning Innovation and Development (40000876)

JOB PURPOSE

The Head, e-Learning Academy (eLA) will lead, drive, manage and support the implementation of blended learning initiatives of the university and college in order to embrace transformational teaching and learning using technologies. The primary role is to develop and manage the e-learning needs of the schools in the areas of creation of e-content, application of learning technologies as well as and pedagogical practice with technology.  

 

KEY RESULT AREAS / RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure effective implementation of various e-Learning projects in the schools in order to further enhance the integration of technologies into the teaching & learning activities.
  • Periodic reporting on the blended learning progress and initiatives from all schools to the Academic Leadership Team (ALT) and Head of Schools (HoS) to ensure the university’s e-learning roadmap is as scheduled.
  • Lead the adoption of technology into the curriculum and assist academics in the evaluation of these innovations on student performance.
  • Consult the academic leaders on the design, implementation and broad development of their blended learning strategies in their respective schools.
  • Lead professional development activities related to e-Learning as well as workshops that are open to all or customized for various schools and divisions
  • Ensure implementation of the university’s e-learning roadmap is as scheduled.

  • Manage and direct members of the Lead e-Specialist team in regards to creation of content, application of learning technologies as well as technological and pedagogical practise. 

  • Manage e-learning related resources and renew/purchase new resources, as necessary, within the budgetary allowance.

  • Lead the transformational Teaching & Learning of the University by embracing technologies in the curriculum.

  • Keep up to date on issues relating to blended learning and inform the academic leaders of the schools its potential impact to foster quality learning.

 

MINIMUM ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION

Minimum Master Degree in the field of instructional design or educational technology and/or at least 10 years of equivalent work experience. A Doctoral qualification is preferred.

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Familiarity with higher education sector and experience in team management. Exposure to project management and consulting would be an advantage. Direct, recent experience with e-learning development, curriculum design, training methodologies and online education is a key requirement.

 

COMPETENCIES (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to work in a cross functional role. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Proven track record in leading pedagogical innovations and embracing transformative Teaching & Learning (T&L) practices in higher educational institutions.

  • Experience in blended Learning development process and understand the basic concepts of technical, content design, technological and pedagogical, and training issues in the context of e-learning.

  • Proficiency using scheduling, productivity, and communication tools including GANNT charts, spreadsheets, and conferencing technologies.

  • Good leadership and persuasion skills.

  • Strong familiarity with recognized e-learning technical standards.

  • Experience with building and maintaining courseware and participant databases.

  • Proven experience with adult learning principles and course design techniques, as well as the ability to identify and fulfill adult student needs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and implications of in-class and distance learning, along with mitigation strategies for dealing with them.

  • Good understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including instructional, facilitation, and presentation skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on coaching/motivational skills, enthusiasm, and positive attitude.

  • Ability to conduct research into course development and delivery concepts, as well as technical software issues.

  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language.

  • Highly self motivated and directed.

  • Ability to absorb new ideas and concepts quickly.

  • Good analytical and problem-solving abilities.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

  • Very strong customer service orientation.

  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

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