E-Learning Assistant: Chemistry videos

The E-Learning Unit is seeking to employ a Queen Mary student to work as an
E-Learning Assistant on a project for the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.  The post will involve working with an Organic Chemistry lecturer to produce a set of videos which will be used as part of an online resource. The post will involve filming and editing videos using specialist software.

Work on the project should start as soon as possible and be completed no later than October 2012.

Project Background

Organic chemistry is often considered by undergraduate students as a difficult subject to learn, which requires large amounts of rote memorization. Student feedback collected over the past three years for the two first year organic chemistry modules here at QMUL corroborate this observation.

In order to address difficulties encountered by first year students, the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have recently started redesigning the curriculum. The idea is to propose an ‘inverted’ course where some content and material will be delivered to students prior to the lecture via the VLE. Students will have to engage with these online resources to prepare for their weekly lectures.

As part of the online resource, we intend to create a series of short videos illustrating how organic chemists see molecules (ie. describing molecules from a functional groups perspective) and how this structural knowledge can be used to understand reactivity, allowing the description of reaction mechanisms using curved arrows.

We are looking for an E-Learning Assistant to help with the development of these videos and resources.

E-Learning Assistant Duties

The E-Learning Assistant will work under the guidance of an Organic Chemistry lecturer and a member of the E-Learning Unit to:

  • Film a set of short videos (equipment and software can be made available, although the Assistant may consider/use alternatives)
  • Edit these videos so that they are consistent
  • Upload completed videos to an online area (possibly the University’s Online Learning Environment)

What we are looking for

We are seeking to appoint a current Queen Mary Student with:

  • Good technical ability – comfortable using new software
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • An interest in film/video creation
  • Familiarity with Camtasia or other video editing software (though training can be provided)
  • Availability to work during the Summer and until at least October 2012
  • Preferably a creative flair
  • Preferably a 1st or 2nd year Chemistry student (although suitable candidates from outside the discipline will be considered)

Pay and hours

This post will be paid at the rate of £17.47 per hour.  Working hours and location will be flexible and will be negotiated with the successful candidate according to the needs of the project and their particular circumstances.

How to apply

If this opportunity sounds like it might be of interest to you, please send a copy of your CV, along with a Personal Statement explaining why you would be suitable for this post, to elearning@qmul.ac.uk with the subject line “E-Learning Assistant – Chemistry Videos”.

Please note that you are more likely to secure an interview if your application particularly addresses the qualities outlined above under “What we are looking for”. Your application must reach us by 5pm on Friday, 20th July.  Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview during the week beginning Monday, 30th July.

Any queries about this opportunity should be sent to elearning@qmul.ac.uk with the subject line “E-Learning Assistant Query”.

Please note that E-Learning Assistant posts are only available to registered students at Queen Mary, University of London.

 

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