The Educational Technologist is part of the Office of Education Design and Informatics (EDI) within VUSM and is a key individual responsible for supporting faculty, staff, and students in their usage of various applications that support the MD curriculum (Curriculum 2.0). The Educational Technologist will also provide MD exam support and assist in the training of our users in applications and instructional technology.
Our team works closely with VUSM leaders, course directors, teachers, and students to plan and implement software and hardware solutions that meet the educational mission. EDI provides training and support for e-learning courses, e-Portfolios, and many other informatics tools used throughout the continuum of medical education. We endeavor to create a collegial environment of excellence and to engage scholarship in our work to optimize IT use in the training of health professionals.
We envision a vibrant healthcare learning system in which applied informatics and information technology is quietly supporting modular and personalized learning that is competency-based, embedded in the workplace, and eventually linked to health outcomes of patients. To that end, EDI works closely with faculty and students to design, integrate, implement, and research state of the art information technology solutions to underpin the various pedagogical and experiential approaches that meet each program's needs. The collaborative learning environment and the integrated technical systems serve and report on progress at the individual, group, and program level.
Duties and responsibilities
Provides technical support for VUSM's applications and tools that support Curriculum 2.0. These include: VSTAR, PollEverywhere, Qualtrics, Aperio, Echo360, etc.
o Monitors the VSTAR Support Center and resolves user issues, or reassigns tickets as needed
o Meets with users face-to-face or remotely via Skype, as needed, to resolve technical issues
o Collaborates with the VSTAR development team to resolve system issues
Provides extensive support for MD program exams
o Advises course directors and coordinators on the best use of VUSM applications for exams
o Finds creative solutions to organize data from multiple systems and formats
o Prepares the classrooms for exams, including setting up surge protectors
o Works with students to resolve technical issues they have using VUSM exam tools, and advises them on a course of action
Trains others in the use of Instructional Technology
o Works with EDI's instructional designer in the training of end-users
o Assists users in the appropriate use of technology or using the appropriate functionality in existing technology
o Develops documentation (user guides, help sheets, etc.)
Serves as a technical resource to users or others in the department
o Assists with special projects and interpret test data as requested
o Assists in reviewing new products with software and hardware representatives
Actively identifies and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance professional development
o Develops and maintains expertise in various instructional technologies
o Scans new and existing products to generate ideas for best use of instructional technology
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.
A degree or certification in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Instructional or Educational Technology is preferred.
At least three years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required.
Experience in teaching and/or training users is preferred.
Experience using a Learning Management System such as Moodle, Blackboard, or Desire2Learn is preferred.
Experience in audio and video production is preferred.
Advanced knowledge and experience in Excel is preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff.
The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply