Reporting to the Director, Engineering Teaching and Learning Team, the Educational Media Producer provides creative technical leadership to Course Development Teams within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS). Key activities include researching, recommending, testing, creating and implementing educational technologies and media production techniques to enhance the learning experience for students in various delivery modes (i.e. face-to-face, field study, blended, online, etc.). The incumbent collaborates in creating course content by sharing knowledge, expertise and know-how to conceptualize and design varied media relating to audio, video, and graphical materials. The Educational Media Producer directs the creation of engaging educational media for the benefit of the student learning experience and serves as a key resource of the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team.
- In a team-based setting, provide end-to-end production services including concept development, pre-production (including coordinating locations), story boarding, and production all the way through the post-production and distribution process for the creation of engaging learning objects that best achieve learning outcomes, while using evidence-based practices emerging from the educational literature.
- Research, evaluate and implement emerging educational technologies and media production techniques used in the digital media landscape (i.e. business, industry, post-secondary, consumer markets, etc.) and advise key stakeholders accordingly.
- Select, procure, manage, maintain, and catalogue media production equipment.
- Guide, train and provide personalized support to faculty in creating raw versions of media-enabled course content, including audio, video, and graphical materials.
- Create and develop media-enabled learning objects by directing filming to ensure footage matches closely with agreed upon concepts / storyboards, handling media production equipment (camera, lighting, audio recording, etc.), leading post-production activities, and publishing finished content (including integrating multiple technologies).
- Present visual interpretation of requirements to stakeholders, explain design rationale, and seek creative feedback.
- Represent the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team, acting as the media specialist to guide internal and external clients of possible options, techniques and applications, while ensuring that stakeholders take into account the constraints, production costs and completion time.
- Stay active as a curious lifelong learner and acquire new skills by exploring innovations in media development broadly and their possible application to the educational setting.
- Network and develop close working relationships with stakeholders, providing professional client-focused service and expert advice on matters related to media production.
- Train, delegate tasks and review work of educational support student and casual staff.
- Educate colleagues and clients in the use of educational technology tools through presentations and workshops.
- Ensure quality assurance in media production, including adherence to Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) standards, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Quality Mattersä.
- Demonstrate commitment to cultivating an environment that is diverse and inclusive; promote equity, diversity and inclusion principles through course design and instruction.
- Develop and document standard operating procedures to support the use of educational technologies.
- Support the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team as required, and undertake other duties as assigned in support of the unit.
- University degree in a relevant area, combined with three (3) years’ of media development and/or educational technology authoring experience.
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree considered an asset.
- Teaching experience in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and / or Math (STEM) considered an asset.
- Experiencing with programming languages, web design, animation and immersive media production considered an asset.
- Experience with the Quality Mattersä framework considered an asset.
- Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Explore, be curious towards and adapt new technologies and media development techniques.
- Project management skills in order to manage multimedia development projects from the basis of scope, timeline, and available resources.
- Strong analytical skills, ability to evaluate the possibilities and / or limitations of educational technologies and media production techniques.
- Creativity and problem solving skills in order to combine media in different fashions, and integrate technologies with various teaching and presentation methods.
- Work independently and in a team-based environment.
- Presentation and training skills, combined with the ability to explain technical terms and concepts in a manner appropriate to the user.
- Communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with a variety of people with various levels of technological sophistication.
- Capacity for detailed and accurate work.
- Time management and organizational skills to set priorities while working on several projects simultaneously under strict deadlines.
- Style and aesthetic skills in the design of graphic work, materials, and other digital media.
- Recommend educational technologies and media production techniques that meet project needs.
- Decide on best method to display text, graphics, audio and video components into media formats to meet stakeholder needs and enhance the student learning experience.
- Research and apply knowledge of current trends in the production and post-production of educational media.
- Identify and recommend policies, procedures, and guidelines in the development and usage of media.
- Assess and adjust priorities to meet deadlines and project requirements. Determine when intervention or support is needed, and involve others as required.