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VPAL Research Data Engineer

As a member of the Vice Provost for Advancements in Learning (VPAL) research group the VPAL Research Data Engineer will support our research program in pedagogy and education by managing the data obtained from online and mixed online and residential courses. The person filling this position will be responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining scalable software to transform and integrate large complex datasets into a reliable data infrastructure that can produce high quality research data for faculty, staff researchers, post-doctoral fellows and course developers at HarvardX. The research data engineer will work closely with technology partners including HUIT, edX, and potentially others to define data requirements, verify data integrity, establish secure workflows for the transfer and storage of this data, and define, prepare, and present datasets extracted from the raw data collected. This person will also be a liaison and member of a technical community that will define and implement the next generation of tools for teaching and learning, both on-line and on-campus. She or he will be expected to act as a voice for educational research interests within that community.
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Tech Developer with Accessibility Expertise (Consultant)

HarvardX, the University-wide initiative that supports online learning and research, is seeking suggestions for a short-term technology developer with specific experience in accessibility remediation.

HarvardX aims to take some of our homegrown exercises and tools in online learning and make them more accessible to those with disabilities (at this time, specifically visual and auditory impairments). This will be a short-term contract hire to work on mitigation of exercises and problem types that HarvardX has customized in the edX platform.

The person need not be local, though that would be preferable. The main goal is to find someone with the specific skill set of developer + accessibility expertise.

Requirements: 
  • Prior experience in web accessibility, especially for blind or partially sighted users 
  • Skilled in HTML5 and Javascript 
  • Familiarity with WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2.0 standards 
  • Knowledge of industry-leading assistive technologies including JAWS, Window-Eyes, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking 
  • Knowledge of at least one server side scripting language and application development preferred 
  • Accessibility remediation expertise 

Project Lead

The HarvardX Project Lead is a member of the HarvardX Instructional Development Group, reporting to one of that group’s Managers of Instructional Development. The Project Lead oversees the conception, development, delivery and assessment of high quality, high impact online learning experiences for HarvardX. Working closely with assigned faculty and with colleagues in the HarvardX instructional development, production, technology and research groups, the HarvardX Project Lead assesses the range of possible options for a particular learning experience and ensures an effective balance between established practice and opportunities for innovation. The HarvardX Project Lead provides project management for the overall development and delivery of HarvardX online learning experiences, coordinates the project team members (from Harvard, HarvardX, edX and beyond) assigned to address those needs, and supervises any course development personnel hired on a contingent basis for the assigned project(s).

Auto Req ID: 35000BR

Senior Research Scientist

The Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) at Harvard University invites applications from PhD level quantitative social scientists, with experience in program evaluation, to play a leading role in our ongoing research on measuring, managing, and improving blended and open digital learning environments.

The senior research scientist will initially develop and execute a set of high profile analyses related to blended and adaptive learning program implementations. The scientist will work as part of team of post-doctoral and staff researchers who support the mission of VPAL at Harvard University. The scientist will also provide programmatic research support to HarvardX, the University’s open online learning initiative.

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Research Scientist

The Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) at Harvard University invites applications from quantitative social scientists with experience in program evaluation to play a leading role in our ongoing research on measuring, managing, and improving the use if digital learning environments. 

The research scientist will work as part of team of post-doctoral and staff researchers who support the mission of VPAL at Harvard University.  S/he will conduct original research, synthesize and apply relevant extant research, and develop and implement assessments aligned with Harvard’s core teaching and learning mission. Fellows will convene with related research groups to share expertise, provide feedback on each other’s efforts, and collaborate on projects of mutual interest. As appropriate, insights gained through this research will be disseminated through a mix of internal reports, in-person presentations, posters, publishable academic manuscripts, and other channels to maximize impact on practice.
Auto Req ID: 36342BR