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Open Learning Initiative Domain Fellow - Chemistry

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative accelerates the success of the university’s educational technology ecosystem. Central to this work is an approach called Learning Engineering: the use of learning research and the affordances of technology to design and deliver innovative, instrumented educational practices. These innovations improve outcomes while simultaneously generating data to refine and advance theory, fueling a virtuous cycle of research and practice. The Initiative encompasses a broad array of faculty, researchers, technologists, expertise centers/organizations, and associated projects, expertise services, technologies, innovations, and research.

The Simon Initiative’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) works at the intersection of design, technology, and learning science to create adaptive courseware that supports effective teaching and learning, extends the frontier of effective online education, and advances our understanding of human learning. We are seeking an experienced CHEMISTRY educator to serve as an OLI Domain Fellow, working to develop, analyze, improve, research, and promote OLI courseware, supporting a growing community of educators who use this courseware in their instructional practice.

OLI courseware is designed, implemented, and researched by multi-disciplinary teams that include learning engineers, technologists, and subject matter experts. OLI Domain Fellows play a critical role in these courseware teams, with contributions that include authoring and designing new content, analyzing learning interaction data and soliciting broader community feedback to incorporate into iterative improvement cycles, and researching the effectiveness of courseware. Fellows also play an essential role in promoting courseware, participating in online and in-person events to discuss OLI and specific courseware, sharing information at conferences (including exhibits, poster-sessions, and talks), and generally representing OLI in the disciplinary community. Fellows contribute to the sustainability of specific courseware efforts and larger OLI project in a range of ways, including identifying funding opportunities and leading grant-writing efforts.


A domain fellow will have extensive experience in post-secondary education, having taught courses in the relevant domain. They will be well established in their disciplinary instructional community and will have a demonstrated passion for disciplinary-based educational research (DBER). Fellows will have a commitment to engaging with and improving learning from a scientific perspective and will have a deep curiosity for investigating ways that the affordances of technology can be leveraged to improve teaching and learning.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D or master’s degree in the domain, at least 10 years of post-secondary teaching experience in the domain, prior experiences with the Open Learning Initiative and/or other educational technologies, prior success in grant writing, a strong record of disciplinary-based educational research, and possess excellent communication skills. Applications, including a cover letter and a curriculum vitae indicating your interest and relevant training, should be submitted electronically via Interfolio.

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