The Instructional Design Unit (IDU) is located within the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). The Digital Teaching and Learning Senior Specialist in IDU is a leader who has demonstrated success in the building and management of multi-faceted teams. This individual is knowledgeable in the area of online/Blended instructional strategies on open online platforms such as edX and has a proven record as a program/project manager in the instructional context of higher education. As the digital teaching and learning Senior Specialist, this individual has knowledge of the instructional design and digital development processes as well as demonstrated experience with the actual production of higher education instructional materials, from multi-media artifacts (audio, video, animations) to teaching and learning materials (learning objects).
The IDU’s Digital Teaching & Learning Senior Specialist oversees a growing team of digital learning designers and educational multimedia producers. He/She is accountable for all digital teaching and learning projects and supports team members and university partners in each phase of courses and online academic programs building to ensure the success of digital learning projects, edX courses, and academic programs across UAEU. Focusing on system-level processes, the Senior Specialist promotes effective practices across digital course development projects by helping to optimize workflow and project communication.
The Senior Specialist’s role includes significant and active collaboration both internally with multimedia production groups on the digital teaching and learning team and edX platform administrators, along with external on-campus project partners from collaborating colleges and departments at UAEU. The digital teaching and learning senior specialit takes on the role of an entrepreneurial leader who jointly with the CETL leadership develops the future of the IDU through careful planning, proactive stakeholder management, flexibility, and positioning within the environment of a large research and teaching university.
Team management, supervision, resource planning, and leadership; planning for development of the Digital Teaching & Learning team to meet diversified digital teaching and learning project demands.
Digital teaching and learning management through supporting functions across colleges and academic departments, interfacing with faculty and instructors in strategic online/blended modality instructional materials projects. This includes standards-based project documentation, third party relationships, and evangelizing innovative and transformative approaches to UAEU digital instructional needs on online open platforms.
Scaling processes and building system-based approach to support each program in Analyzing clients’ learning-related challenges to develop a high-level vision for the learning experience.
Guiding faculty members and instructors in their development of learning objectives, assessment strategies, content maps, activity types, and learner interactions.
Collaborating across internal and project stakeholders to build courses based on best practices in digital teaching and learning.
Providing best practice insights and standardized ways of working for maximum efficiency
Horizon scan and produce fact-based suggestions of growth for the Universities’ digital teaching and learning offerings
Representing the digital teaching and learning in presentations, publishing, dissemination of knowledge and findings in interfacing organizations, conferences, and fora.
Master’s Degree in a related field required.
5+ years of proven program/project management success in the instructional context of online/blended teaching and learning in higher education.
Demonstrated experience of team building and leadership of multi-disciplinary teams.
At least 5+ years of experience developing successful online and blended courses within higher education on open online platforms .
Demonstrated experience in instructional media, planning and creation; in-depth understanding of multiple instructional design models.
Applied knowledge of online/blended instructional space, instructional strategies and design frameworks (e.g. ADDIE, Quality Matters, OLC).
Advanced organizational, time management and oral & written communication skills in English.
Ability to work in the complex environment of a growing office in the shifting landscape of the institution and higher education.
Flexibility, imagination, and creative problem solving.
Administrative experience of open online courses on open platforms like edX.
Practical experience using industry standard Video and Audio editing software
Fluent in both English and Arabic, would be an advantage
The UAEU is in the green oasis city of Al-Ain, 130 kilometers away from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Center of Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) helps the university to ensure a dynamic, innovative and effective learning experience for all UAEU students by providing educators with:
professional development and support in educational technology,
pedagogy and classroom teaching techniques,
research-informed and evidence-based teaching practices,
communication and collaboration among UAEU faculty,
culture of innovation in teaching and learning by encouraging and facilitating innovation, and