University of Waterloo

Learning Technologies Analyst

Requisition ID 2021-6760
Job Category
Academic Services
Department
Centre for Extended Learning
Employment Type
Temporary
Time Type
Full-Time
Hiring Range
$57,962 - $93,788

Overview

Term: 1 year

 

The Learning Technologies Analyst (LTA) has foundational knowledge in a range of Educational Technologies which is used for providing operational support for the full lifecycle of both credit and noncredit fully online/technology-enabled courses developed by the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). The incumbent will be responsible for time sensitive technical service desk support, front-line relationship management, and providing exceptional service to all stakeholders including students, instructors, TAs, CEL Systems team and CEL Staff. The LTA will coordinate development and delivery support activities with other service departments across campus including Instructional Technologies and Media Services (ITMS) and Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Further, the LTA will investigate and advise on the appropriateness of current and future educational technologies to the Systems team and course development team within CEL. Additionally, the LTA will use their knowledge of information and computing technologies to ensuring a stable, secure and modern computing work environment within CEL.

Responsibilities

Technical support – fully online/technology-enabled course delivery

  • Manage in-term technical support for students and faculty in fully online/technology-enabled courses across all departments
  • Advice internal and external stakeholders on a wide range of current and future educational technologies that support fully online/technology-enabled learning environments
  • Coordinate, implement and support technical operations of the online learning environments including the UW Learning Management System (LMS) and the CEL Content Management System (CMS)
  • Implement IT service management (ITSM) best practices
  • Apply Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) continuous improvement model for Service Desk operations

 

Educational technology consulting – course development

  • Advise on suitable educational technologies during the fully online/technology-enabled course development activities
  • Consider the support/systems implementation implications during course design, which will affect technical support during delivery
  • Collaborate with course production teams, instructors, quality assurance specialists, learner support services and relevant external stakeholders with respect to implementing new technologies, support services and projects
  • Represents student and instructor interests at groups and projects internally and externally
  • Contribute to change management activities related to educational technology
  • Investigate and evaluate new/cutting edge educational technologies for use in online/technologyenabled course delivery

 

Technical Support – hardware/software and computing

  • Manage the deployment, upgrades, updates, patches, accessories and recovery of hardware/software assets
  • Manages, monitors, plans and reports on hardware/software asset inventory to support management decisions and budgetary planning
  • Assess and recommend upgrades, replacements or repairs based on current and projected needs
  • Plan, deploy, manage and support vendor centric software licensing in consultation with central Information Systems and Technology (IST) unit
  • Diagnose, coordinate, track, resolve and escalate client-initiated support tickets in collaboration with the IST helpdesk
  • Streamline existing processes and recommend new to ensure a stable, secure and modern computing work environment

 

Training and documentation – educational technologies

  • Liaise with course production teams and instructors to assess their educational technology training needs
  • Coordinate requirement analyses and development of training solutions based on appropriate technologies and services
  • Conduct staff training on IST hardware/software usage policies and industry best practices
  • Conduct training on required/new technology tools and services for CEL staff and faculty campus wide
  • Document user manuals, training manuals and FAQ for new technologies/services and proactively update existing to ensure integrity, accuracy and relevance

Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in computer science, information systems, software engineering or related discipline or a post-secondary diploma in computer science, information systems, software engineering or related discipline combined with relevant industry certification (e.g. CompTIA A+, CompTIA N+) and 5 years of relevant experience in industry or academic institutions
  • 2-5 years of experience with a proven record of accomplishment in supporting fully online/technology-enabled learning
  • At least 2 years of experience supporting a Learning Management System (LMS), such as Moodle, Brightspace and Canvas, through a helpdesk software or support ticket system
  • Experience in supporting Maplesoft, Mobius, Matlab and MathWorks will be highly sought after
  • Hands-on experience with new and emerging educational technologies including learning/content management systems, SIS, online collaboration software, various hardware formats and multimedia technologies in general
  • 2-5 years of industry experience with technical helpdesk and client service activities in relation to hardware/software support
  • Intermediate to expert level skills in managing course delivery using LMS/CMS
  • Intermediate to expert level skills in using helpdesk software such as Request Tracker (RT), JIRA etc.
  • Experience in supporting collaboration tools (e.g. Adobe connect, Bongo), identity management tools, CRM systems and e-portfolios (e.g., PebblePad)
  • Skills in using Wiki, Confluence, Office 365 for documentation
  • Willingness to proactively and independently learn and master new technologies in response to needs
  • A broad and current awareness of the practical effectiveness and viability of educational technologies currently in the market
  • Experience in using browser testing tools (e.g. BrowserStack, Cross Browser Testing)
  • Must be a team player with superior work ethic, initiative, and the ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organization skills and time management. Good 'people skills' for building relationships with colleagues at all levels. Familiarity with SharePoint is an asset
  • Occasional “crisis” events might require being on call, working outside normal working hours and/or weekends

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

 

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at hrhelp@uwaterloo.ca or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.

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