[Air-l] Post: Internet-based research project officer

A.N.Joinson at open.ac.uk A.N.Joinson at open.ac.uk
Tue Sep 18 07:45:36 PDT 2001

Apologies for any cross posting:



Ref: 15986 

The Institute of Educational Technology (IET) is an academic unit of the
Open University and a centre of international excellence (RAE Grade 5) for
teaching, research and development of educational technologies in the
service of effective learning. Since the OU was founded in 1969, members of
the Institute have played a major role in shaping its teaching strategies,
planning its use of media and designing its teaching materials and learner
support systems. The Institute offers a creative and enthusiastic
environment for innovative approaches. This post will be based in the
Institute's Student Research Centre whose staff play a key role in
monitoring the quality of the student learning experience and contribute to
the formulation and review of the University policy. 

The work will form an integral part of the Electronic Survey Alliance
(ELSA), a university-funded development to conduct institutional research
and evaluations using the Internet. You will work on PRESTO, a system
designed to conduct research and surveys with students and staff using
web-based questionnaires. As well as being an innovative approach to
increasing the responsiveness of the Open University to its students, PRESTO
also forms the major research strand of ELSA. 

You will therefore be involved in researching the key parameters in
web-based research, and will be expected to contribute to the dissemination
of research outcomes at conferences and through research papers. You will
also support the Head of the Project in designing appropriate uses of PRESTO

For this post, we are looking for someone who has got a good first degree,
or a higher degree, in one of the Social Sciences (e.g. economics,
sociology, education or psychology) and well developed social scientific
research skills. You will need to have proven ability to work on your own
initiative, and excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
Experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and good IT
skills including SPSS or SAS, WORD and EXCEL, would also be an advantage. 

Ideally, you will also have some experience of using the Internet to collect
research data (either qualitative or quantitative)
The post is full-time for two years and will be based within the Institute
in Milton Keynes. Salary will be on the Academic-related staff scale,
£20,267 - £26,229 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications. 

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 October 2001 

An application form and further particulars (and access details for disabled
applicants) are available from Mrs Pat Cross on Milton Keynes (01908)
652916, email: iet-recruitment at open.ac.uk
<mailto:iet-recruitment at open.ac.uk>  There is a 24-hour voicemail service
available on (01908) 654127. 
Please be sure to quote reference ESPO/15986 when making an enquiry. 

Disabled applicants whose skills and experience meet the requirements of the
job will be interviewed. Please let us know if you need your copy of the
further particulars in large print, on computer disk, or on audio cassette
tape. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may make enquiries on
Milton Keynes (01908) 654901 (Minicom answerphone). 
The University offers a wide range of jobs with excellent training and
career development opportunities. We actively promote equal opportunities in
education and employment and welcome applications from all sections of the
http://www.open.ac.uk/employment <http://www.open.ac.uk/employment>  

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Adam Joinson, PhD
Institute of Educational Technology
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
Tel: +44 1908 654811
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