Virtual School Meanderings

July 21, 2014

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Educational Technology (Kent State-USA)

As this position could have a K-12 online and blended learning focus, I did want to post it in case there may be some interest among my readers…

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educational Technology

Research Center for Educational Technology, Kent State University

The Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET) at Kent State University is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow interested in the use of innovative technologies to improve teaching and learning across the lifespan.

RCET was founded in 1999 to study the potential of technology to improve teaching and learning. The overall mission of RCET is to serve as a flagship center for research, policy and practice related to cutting-edge technologies in teaching and learning. These technologies have included 3D, mobile learning, online and blended learning, games, simulations and virtual reality. RCET researchers explore the use and impact of these technologies while providing research, practice and policy guidelines in three major settings: PreK-12 classroom/content integration; teacher professional development; and learning in out-of-school/informal settings across the lifespan (e.g. medicine, public parks, government, military, etc.).

Qualifications:  A PhD in Educational/Instructional Technology or a related field (e.g. psychology) from a leading institution is required.  The candidate will have a strong publication record and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of research and grant funding.  Given the broad scope of RCET’s work, there is no pre-defined requirement for research specialization; however, topics of potential interest include gaming, virtual reality, technologies for STEAM, emerging technologies, online and blended learning, preservice and inservice teacher education, and health technologies.

The successful candidate will have fully completed their Ph.D. within the past 1-3 years and will have strong evidence of an existing research agenda.  This twelve month position hosted in Kent, Ohio, begins in the Fall of 2014 and may be extended beyond one year contingent upon funding and performance of the Fellow.  During the year-long appointment, the candidate will be partnering with RCET researchers on existing projects as well as on the submission of new grant-funded work at the Center. Applicants must have experience in grant writing and a willingness/desire to participate in writing new grants.

Interested candidates should immediately contact Dr. Rick Ferdig, Summit Professor of Learning Technologies at the Research Center for Educational Technology ( for more information and a list of required application materials.    The application deadline is open until the position is filled.

October 14, 2013

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute looking for a Senior Researcher

This came my way through a variety of sources on Friday and Saturday. This item from the one I received from iNACOL researcher, Kathryn Kennedy.

Hi everyone,

Hope this email finds you well.

I wanted to alert you to a new position that was posted for Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

They are looking for a Senior Researcher.

For the job description and more information on this opening, visit

Thanks, and enjoy your weekend,

December 29, 2012

Invites application for Principal of Cyber School

Crossposted from for my good friend Darren.

As I am looking for a new adventure they are looking for someone to take my position…
Invites application for Principal of Cyber School
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School invites applications for principal of Cyber School. Cyber School offers programming to 1,600 students in grades 9 through 12. There are 24 professional staff (13.5 full time equivalents) and 4 support staff.

Role of the Principal:
• To support the ideals of Catholic education
• To work collaboratively with the Cyber School staff
• To oversee for the day to day operation of Cyber School
• To support the registration and marketing of courses
• To work collaboratively with the network superintendent to create staff teaching assignments
• To assess and monitor enrolment and the corresponding teaching assignments as the school year
• To monitor student progress
• To develop the future vision and long range planning of the school
• To communicate with the Ministry of Education

Attributes of a Cyber School Principal:

• Optimistic
• Reflective and motivated to change
• Skilled listener and problem solver
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• High degree of professionalism and independence
• High degree of knowledge of and experience in distance learning
• Current in research and effective instructional strategies
• Current in effective classroom assessment

For more information:  Application for cyber school

September 29, 2012

Job Opportunity: Content and Proposal Writer

inacolThis was posted to the iNACOL forums in the past day or two or three.

Job Title: Content and Proposal Writer
Reports To: Director of Online Learning Research and Innovation
Department: Center for Online Learning Research and Innovation
Location: Lansing Office

Job Summary
The role of the content and proposal writer is to review, revise and polish both written and multimedia products related to research projects and other publications authored by MVU. Audiences for these work products include internal staff members and external stakeholders such as parents, school personnel, online learning experts, legislators and foundation executives. The writer will also contribute to grant writing and reporting efforts. In addition to working within the Center, the writer will also spend time working within Fund Development.

• Review, revise, and polish a variety of written works including literature reviews, research articles, evaluations of online learning tools and resources, consumer awareness reports, and policy briefs;
• Update and maintain a clearinghouse for research reports, academic studies, evaluations and other information related to K-12 online learning;
• Develop and transform ideas into case statement materials, including grant proposals;
• Provide development input for written institutional materials (eNewsletter & Annual Report, for example); and
• Perform other job-related functions as may be desired and/or assigned by Directors of OLRI and Fund Development.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
• Evidence of outstanding written and oral communication skills to convey complex information effectively and in a professional voice;
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple ongoing projects and deliver high-quality work products on schedule;
• Demonstrated interpersonal skill and ability to work effectively both in a team context and independently with minimal supervision;
• Experience in communicating ideas through words, tables, charts, graphics, video, etc.;
• Expertise with copy editing and professional publication standards; and
• Demonstrated experience with proposal writing or other fund-raising efforts.

Desired Education/Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Desired Professional Experience
• Experience in planning, developing, conducting, and managing projects;
• Publication experience including articles in peer-reviewed journals, white papers or other issue-oriented reports available to the public, or policy briefs; and
• Experience with state, federal, and foundational/corporate grant writing and reporting requirements preferred.

Physical Requirements:
• Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
• Ability to see within normal parameters
• Ability to hear within normal range
• Ability to move about

Pre-employment Requirements
Prior to employment, a successful candidate must –
• Submit to a criminal background check if requested (conducted by outside party)
• Submit a disclosure of unprofessional conduct from any previous employer
• Submit and pass pre-employment substance abuse testing if requested
• Provide a photocopy of their valid Michigan driver’s license
• Sign a copy of the MVU Non-disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement and MVU Acceptable Use Policy for Computing Resources.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

Benefits Information
MVU offers an excellent benefit package, including 403b, health, dental & vision, life, AD&D, STD & LTD, paid holiday & paid vacation.

Applying for the Position
Interested candidates are requested to send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references (not letters of recommendation) to MVU. Send the complete packet of information — you will not be considered for the position unless you provide all documents requested — to Donna Abel by fax (517-336-7787), by email (please insert your name and “Content and Proposal Writer” in the subject line) to, or by mail: MVU c/o Donna Abel, 3101 Technology Blvd., Suite G, Lansing, MI 48910.
Click here for the complete job description (PDF). The submission deadline is Oct. 12, 2012.

Please include your email address so that a confirmation email can be sent to you upon receipt of your complete application packet.

MVU is an equal opportunity employer.

September 18, 2012

Digital Transform of Education Faculty

This came through the Chronicle of Higher Education on Saturday…

Digital Transform of Education Faculty

North Carolina State University
September 15, 2012
North Carolina
Employment Level:
Tenured, tenure track
Application Deadline:
Open until filled
Computer sciences/ technology, Instructional technology/ design, Psychology
Employment Status:
Commensurate with experience

North Carolina State University is seeking four leading researchers to expand the Digital Transformation of Education interdisciplinary research cluster, which brings together efforts across multiple colleges that address the potential of emerging technologies to enhance learning in formal and informal education settings. The four positions focus on digital learning (Friday Institute/College of Education); learner modeling (Dept. of Psychology), intelligent learning environments and adaptive game technologies (both in the Dept. of Computer Science). Our collective work addresses issues of foundational research, classroom practices, and district and state policies. The NC State Digital Transformation of Education research group has strong working relationships with schools throughout the region, state education and government leaders, and many technology companies that have large facilities in the Triangle region.

These positions are part of the Chancellors Faculty Excellence Program, a major initiative of the Universitys strategic plan that will support hiring faculty in emerging research areas to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. We invite applications from nationally recognized researchers who are engaged in innovative and transformative scholarship that will further NC States position as a leader in research and development on educational innovation.

The positions are all tenure-track or tenured and require a Ph.D. in a relevant field, an established track record in innovative research and development, ability to work within interdisciplinary collaborative teams, and strong teaching ability. Further information about all four Digital Transformation of Education positions, including application instructions, is available at

AA/EOE. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call 919-515-3148.

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