Virtual School Meanderings

May 12, 2018

SITE Webinar Recording

From yesterday’s inbox…

Hi Michael,

We had a nice turnout for the webinar, Applying and Interviewing for Faculty Positions. Here are the slides and recording in case anyone was interested and couldn’t attend.

Thank you!

Jered Borup, Leanna Archambault, and Catharyn Shelton

May 7, 2018

Corrected URL for SITE Webinar

Note that I received this update earlier today on this webinar that may be of interest to graduate students out there.

Sorry to email again about the May 9th webinar, Applying and Interviewing for Faculty Positions. However, we had to change the Zoom meeting URL. Below is the corrected announcement. Would you mind sharing the new announcement with anyone who may be interested?

On May 9th at 5:00pm EST, the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s (SITE) K-12 Online Learning SIG will be holding the webinar, Applying and Interviewing for Faculty Positions. In the online presentation, we will share strategies for the following:

  • Becoming a strong candidate
  • Identifying job postings
  • Preparing application materials
  • Interviewing successfully
  • Negotiating job offers

WhenWednesday, May 9th 2018, 5pm EST

Where: Zoom Synchronous Meeting https://zoom.us/j/2064803732 (Please note updated link)

 

Sincerely,

Jered Borup, Leanna Archambault, and Catharyn Shelton

May 4, 2018

View SITE 2018 Keynote Talks & Proceedings!

Note this item from the recent Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference.

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Proceedings & Keynote Talks Added!
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SITE 2018 was the 29th meeting of this
annual international conference with presenters and attendees from 52 countries! View the papers and presentation files for all sessions.
FREE access to Keynote talks featuring:
Karen Cator from Digital Promise,
Jaime Casap from Google Education,
Richard Culatta ISTE President &
Hall Davidson from Discovery Education.
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May 2, 2018

SITE Webinar: Interviewing for Faculty Positions

A webinar that may be of interest to an doctoral student readers of this blog.

Michael Barbour,

On May 9th at 5:00pm EST, SITE’s K-12 Online Learning SIG will be holding the webinar, Applying and Interviewing for Faculty Positions.  In the online presentation, we will share strategies for the following:

  • Becoming a strong candidate
  • Identifying job postings
  • Preparing application materials
  • Interviewing successfully
  • Negotiating job offers

Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

Sincerely,

Jered Borup, Leanna Archambault, and Catharyn Shelton

March 30, 2018

SITE 2018 – Designing Online Courses: Does the Job Description Match the Supervisor’s Expectations?

The twenty-fourth and final session focused on K-12, distance, online, and/or blended learning that I am blogging from the 2018 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference is:

Designing Online Courses: Does the Job Description Match the Supervisor’s Expectations?

ID: 51793Type: Roundtable
  1. Laura Gray, St. Leo University, United States
  2. Melissa Crane, Snap, Inc., United States

Friday, March 30 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D

A recent study was undertaken to determine if there was a congruency between what instructional designers (more specifically, those who design online courses for K-12 and university education) did on the job and their supervisors’ views of what they were supposed to do The literature suggests that supervisors’ views of the design process and designers’ duties and designers’ perceptions of their duties can be vastly different This presentation seeks to differentiate between what design supervisors feel is the role of their employees and what instructional designers, especially those who have just finished their degree programs, feel they should be doing in order to develop suitable online courses It has been theorized that perhaps some of the instructional design curricula in current master’s and doctoral programs does not match with the typical job descriptions posted for instructional designers In our discussion, we will explore various curricula, job descriptions of designers who design K-12 and university online courses, and supervisors’ perceptions of the duties of the designer

Topics

I was a little late coming into this roundtable, as I was meeting with a soon to be new doc.  The research questions included:

  1. Which courses did you take that you feel prepared you the most?
  2. Did the job descriptions match the duties they actually performed?
  3. Did the managers expectations match the job descriptions?

On the first question, two of the 12 reported that the Foundations of Instructional Design (which focused solely on ADDIE) was the only course that they found relevant, while four of the 12 reported that there were two courses that were relevant (one of which was always the Foundations of Instructional Design).  Three of the 12 said three courses and the final three indicated more than three courses.

Of the eight instructional designers not working in higher education, six had never received a job description.  Seven of the eight reported that – to their knowledge – their supervisors had no training or education in instructional technology or instructional design.  Six of these individuals indicated that what they did on the job was “wildly” different than what they expected they would be doing.

Of the four instructional designers working in higher education, all four reported that they received a job description.  All four reported that what they did was consistent with what they expected.  Finally, three of the four indicated that their supervisors were trained in instructional design (and the fourth was trained in curriculum development).

While these authors indicated in their submission selection – and in their abstract – that this session had K-12 content, the term was not mentioned at all during the session.

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