Educational and Emerging Technology Specialist

University of Waterloo - Waterloo, ON (30+ days ago)

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Overview:
Term: 1 year

The Technology Specialist’s primary role is to support content development and facilitate the use of technology in Outreach Programming. They will accomplish this through research, development and prototyping of innovative hands-on activities. They will facilitate the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies in Outreach Programming (Grades 1-12, and Undergraduate level). They will act as a subject matter expert for the department on making, tinkering, innovation, problem based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping.

This role is contingent on funding.

Responsibilities:
Research/Sourcing of Emerging Technologies

Research innovative technology, and be able to identify application of test cases for Outreach programming
Identify appropriate educational technology for all types of Outreach Programming applications
Work directly with the vendors in sourcing and procuring both software and hardware
Test the technology to ensure suitability for use in programming and develop implementation plans to bring the technology into Outreach programming

Technical Program Content Development

Work with Outreach Coordinators to determine technical content requirements for various events and programs
Provide inspiration and support for Outreach Coordinators, PDTL (Program Delivery Team Lead) and Co-op students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities
Perform quality assessments of program activities to ensure high quality and consistency in content and delivery
Review technical program content for opportunities for improvement and current relevance and identify gaps against the Ontario Curriculum
Track purchases against activity/program budgets
Provide technical support during Outreach events as required

Development of Staff Training Procedure (Technology Related)

Facilitate workshops and training for staff and co-op students in areas including, but not limited to: making, tinkering, innovation, problem based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping
Develop training procedures for staff on utilization of new/existing technology
Provide training to delivery staff on new/existing technology
Create and maintain a repository of tutorials on how to use the equipment, tools and technology safely

Oversight of Department Technology

Maintain inventory of department technology
Maintain the equipment, tools, materials, safe use, and schedule of Outreach technologies and space
Troubleshoot software and hardware problems
Oversight of department IT systems, including acting as liaison with IT department

Other office roles may include

Support and development of shared office resources, such as Google Apps information sharing portal and support technology, and network directories
Support Outreach Coordinators with running of their events as directed by Senior Manager, Engineering Outreach
Special task/projects as assigned by Manager of Outreach Activities
Office wide administrative tasks as assigned

Qualifications:
Post-secondary education in Instructional/Educational technology, computer science, computer information systems, electrical technologies, engineering, or a closely related field or combination of education and/or experience
3 years of experience in structuring educational content and working with educational technology to support instructional approaches
Varied professional experience, both in classroom settings and outside of schools
Experience in providing training/instruction to people of all backgrounds and abilities
Knowledge and experience with physical programming, robotics, coding, and wearable technology
Exposure to basic programming and one board computers such as arduino, raspberry pi, etc; or ability and interest to learn
Experience using Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and a variety of design software
Technologically savvy, organized, and can effectively communicate with many ages, abilities, and dispositions
Genuine excitement for and ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and parents
Committed to student learning, personal growth, and professional development
Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning
Comfortable with a hands on approach, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages and sizes, the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
Interest and abilities in physical computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication
Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule
Sound organizational skills and an ability to recognize and change work priorities in a timely fashion
Strong problem-solving, research, and planning skills
Self-starter and team player with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn
A successful Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check is required
Weekend and evening work may be required