Learning Technology Specialist
Trinity Western University
Langley, BC, CA
2d ago

Position Purpose and Summary

The Learning Technology Specialist (LTS) is responsible for enhancing the digital learning environment at Trinity Western University (TWU) through facilitating the integration and adoption of technology into teaching and learning practices.

  • The LTS supports faculty, instructional designers, teaching assistants, students, and administrative staff; evaluates and recommends high impact practices;
  • and helps implement technology solutions while taking leadership on team projects, and making recommendations as required.

    Key Areas of Accountability

    1. Planning

  • Help develop a vision for learning technologies, actively manage a portfolio of applications within a broader set of institutional applications that comprise the digital student experience at TWU;
  • Identify learning technology needs and solutions to deliver multi-access courses;
  • Work with campus teams on digital initiatives related to technology integration;
  • Apply knowledge of current educational and instructional theories, methodologies, techniques and principles.
  • 2. Design and Development

  • Develop more efficient and seamless user experience for faculty and students by updating the look, feel and navigational experience within Moodle;
  • Maintaining applications by deploying updates, patches, testing changes, documenting configuration, and monitoring security and privacy considerations to ensure reliable and highly available systems;
  • Leveraging APIs and LTI to configure and integrate applications with Moodle. (e.g. Zoom, WordPress, Top Hat, Git, Grav, & Microsoft O365 Stream & Teams);
  • Assist in the design, analysis and deployment of learning technologies to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Work with Software Developers to creates or adapts open source software to meet specific needs (e.g. creating or adapting plugins for WordPress, editing WordPress or Moodle themes);
  • Provide solutions to technical problems through analysing, modifying or creating source code in open-source software;
  • Assist in piloting new technology with faculty.
  • 3. Collaboration

  • Support Instructional Designers in the development of online and blended courses through planning, designing and modelling effective teaching and learning practices in digital learning environments;
  • Coordinate with a cross functional team to administer the TWU Digital Learning Environment (e.g. Moodle, Zoom, WordPress, Top Hat, Git, Grav, & Microsoft O365 Stream & Teams);
  • Liaises with the Information Technology Service Desk and TWU Online Academic Technology Ambassadors to ensure highly responsive and professional support for learning technologies through documentation and training;
  • Coordinate projects, staff development and programs throughout the year and during the summer;
  • Ensures timely and professional collaboration and communication with all stakeholders related to learning technology;
  • Work with faculty to promote the use of technology to support and enhance teaching and learning practices at TWU;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of instructional technology integration models by working with faculty, teaching assistants, students, and administrative staff to establish exceptional instructional applications of technology;
  • Collaborates with the Equity of Access office at TWU to support the development of a digital learning environment that is accessible and inclusive for all students and faculty.
  • Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with APIs (SOAP, REST) and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) to connect various third party software with TWU’s Learning Management System Moodle;
  • Proficiency in HTML5, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript;
  • Strong ability to troubleshoot and solve technological problems, designing and maintaining scalable systems;
  • Ability to work with multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Able to develop and maintain positive relationships with relevant stakeholders;
  • Able to work independently with limited direction, while maintaining; collaborative work relationships;
  • Ability to exhibit a professional attitude and image with a commitment to quality service.
  • Personal

    Driven and inspired by the idea of positively impacting the various marketplaces of life through the development of godly Christian leaders by serving the Trinity Western University community.

    Warm-hearted, dedicated, committed and mature evangelical Christian with a keen desire to serve in family, church, work and community.

    A firm commitment to TWU’s mission, values, Statement of Faith and Community Covenant. Strength of character and reputation, a pleasant personality with a positive and friendly attitude in the midst of a very busy and challenging atmosphere.

    Servant-Leader Way of Life : Act in a manner that exemplifies Jesus Christ in all on and off campus contacts thereby living out the servant leadership mission of the university and contributing effectively towards achieving the institutional and Kingdom goals of the organization.

    Key Internal Interactions

    Reports : N / A

    Reports to : Executive Director of Information Technology; may also take direction from Executive Director, Online Learning Operations.

    Standards & Requirements

    Education : Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business Information Systems, Computing Science, Computer Human Interface Design, Educational Technology or a relevant discipline is required.

    Experience :

  • 3-5 years’ experience in developing and supporting learning technology solutions in higher education;
  • Teaching in K-12, higher education, or corporate learning environments is an asset.
  • Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.

    Updated : April 2020

    Salary Classification : MM2

    Agreed to by : ED Online Learning Operations and ED, Human Resources

    Trinity Western University encourages applications from all eligible candidates who are able to commit to the university’s mission, values, and Christian identity as articulated in its Statement of Faith and Community Covenant.

    We are committed to an ethic of inclusion and to the equal treatment of all persons without discrimination in accordance with human rights law.

  • We particularly invite applications from indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
  • however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations during the application process should contact Human Resources at humanresources twu.

    ca. Trinity Western University is located on the traditional ancestral territory of the Sto : lo people.

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