Current Job Openings at the Teaching Systems Lab:
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER, Comparative Media Studies-Teaching Systems Laboratory, to help shape the design, production, and implementation of online and blended learning experiences for school leaders and educators. Duties will include working on a team to develop course syllabi, collaborating with project partners, building media and other course materials with the help of a video producer and other team members, designing assessment opportunities, leveraging opportunities for research (and collecting and analyzing data), building course materials on the edX platform, and interfacing with contractors and teaching assistants. Will also assist with tasks essential to developing and running online courses, including scheduling video shoots and meetings, intellectual property tracking, proofreading and formatting course content, editing video transcripts, coordinating various course activities such as live events and course bulletins once the courses are running, and corresponding with MITx and edX as needed. Will report to the senior manager of online course development at the Teaching Systems Laboratory.
- A bachelor’s or advanced degree in education, media, communication, social science, or related field
- Familiarity with educational technology and experience developing online courses
- Ability to juggle the numerous aspects of a project, manage timelines, and work with deadlines
- Good editorial sense
- Detail orientation
- Strong communication skills
- Willingness to work on a variety of tasks
- Should enjoy being part of a close-knit and hard-working team
- Basic graphic design skills and familiarity with HTML preferred
- Experience with social media in a project context a plus.
- Familiarity with professional learning and teacher education desirable.
This is a temporary, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.
SENIOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST
Job ID #15994
SENIOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST, Office of Digital Learning (ODL)-Teaching Systems Lab, to provide an exciting vision and guide work of a team creating prototypes and implementing forward-looking technology solutions to satisfy the needs of a new blended, competency-based teacher education program. The team seeks flexible, creative ways to create curriculum materials rather than boxing everything into an existing LMS. Technology needs can range from LMS platforms to video observation tools that teacher candidates can use in the field and should consider current possibilities while anticipating what’s likely to be possible in the future. The team has diverse interdisciplinary expertise in learning sciences and teacher education. Responsibilities include serving as primary administrator of a learning management system that can support flexible testing and curriculum revisions; providing technology consultations to faculty and design team to meet their design and instructional goals; rapidly researching, evaluating, and deploying new technologies; coaching the design team, faculty, and students in using new technologies and providing a foundation for students to become technology advocates in their future classrooms; conducting system-related upgrades, migrations, optimizations, and new implementations; and creating demos to showcase the values of different technology. The ideal candidate loves working with students and faculty and is passionate about education and tinkering/hacking existing technology to develop creative ideas for customizing educational technologies.
- Four-year degree
- At least four years’ experience using web-based learning authoring/publication systems
- Working knowledge of standard web markup languages and best practices (HTML/XML/CSS)
- Familiarity with agile methodologies; fluency with project management tools
- Familiarity with diverse learning management systems; and evidence of ability to take projects from start to completion
This is a one-year, renewable appointment. The project is anticipated to last through June of 2021.
MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin
MASTER’S DEGREE IN COMPARATIVE MEDIA STUDIES
The MIT Comparative Media Studies (CMS) program offers a two-year Masters degree focusing on the intersection of technology and the humanities. The program spans many media domains from film to virtual reality and civic media. There is a longstanding tradition and leadership in the field of game studies and game design. This year there are expanded offerings in educational technology and media, through the direction of two new faculty members in these domains, Eric Klopfer and Justin Reich. A growing research portfolio includes projects on media-rich teacher practice spaces, mobile and virtual reality game-based learning environments, massive open online courses, and technology-supported project-based learning among others. These projects combine insights from fields including game design, learning sciences, interactive video, and machine learning.
MIT’s CMS master’s students build on an MIT tradition of media and technology leadership to focus historical and theoretical attention on the world’s changing media environment. Students observe first-hand, and then contribute to, the experimentation and research leading to the next wave of media breakthroughs. We provide a bridge between the technological and humanistic sides of MIT, by examining the social and cultural impact of the changing media landscape.
CMS is not the study of interactive technologies themselves; it focuses on social and cultural interactions with technology. As media become increasingly integrated into all aspects of modern experience, it is impossible to fully understand our central institutions and practices without understanding media. The most urgent questions confronting us are social and cultural, not purely technological.
Our courses are thus designed to teach students to make and reflect upon media and in the process, to acquire important skills in teamwork, leadership, problem solving, collaboration, brainstorming, communications, and project completion, which will prepare them for a wide range of academic and professional careers.
The program is seeking highly talented and motivated graduate students to study and work in these areas. You can find out more about the program on the CMS masters program on its website, as well as the websites of the two programs leading the work in educational technology and media, The Teaching Systems Lab and The Education Arcade