Professor of Technology-enhanced Learning (Tenure Track Associate Professor)

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Jan 2021

Tallinn University has announced a public competition for the position of Professor of Technology-enchanced Learning. The elected candidate commences work on the first career level of the position (associate professor) with the aim of supporting their development into a leader of the relevant study and research field in Tallinn University, and moves to the second career level of the position (professor) by way of evaluation.

Position: Associate Professor of Technology-enhanced Learning (career level I of Tenure Track Professorship)

Academic unit: School of Digital Technologies

Study area: Position contributes to the study area of Technology-enhanced learning and enhances the activities of the Centre for Educational Technology.

The position will be filled from 01.09.2021

Description of the field of academic activities

Technology-enhanced Learning academic direction is responsible for exploring the potential of digital technologies as drivers of innovation in learning across all age groups and across formal and informal settings. The academic direction sets goals to envision the future of technology-enhanced learning towards personalization and further integration of emerging technologies (such as robotics, AI. etc.) into new methodological approaches for technology-enhanced learning in formal, informal and professional learning settings. Research under this academic direction validates the new technology-enhanced approaches in empirical settings to understand their impact on the individuals learning and development of organizational knowledge for achieving the smart and sustainable, digitally inclusive and considering health and wellbeing pervasive learning environments. R&D activities contribute to shaping the policies that support further uptake and advancing of digital learning ecosystem potential. 

The subfields of priority  are: i) developing and validating digital technologies and digital learning resource ecosystems for enhancing the learning process in primary, secondary, vocational, higher education, workplaces, communities and various lifelong learning settings; ii) designing digital tools for monitoring digital maturity of organizations and validating the approaches of digitally aided change management for achieving holistic and dynamically changing life-long learning ecosystems; iii) designing and validating learning technologies and approaches for promoting open science, citizen science and active citizenship competences and investigating its transformational role for the society; iv) designing and validating digital learning games as approaches to support active learning and learning motivation at various learning settings. 

School Context

In the School of Digital Technologies as well as in Tallinn University as a whole the Technology-enhanced learning domain is one of the creative drivers in advancing learning and teaching practices for learners as well as for professional learning, it leads the transformation towards proactive learning in pervasive digitally enhanced learning environments (e.g. SmartZoos, Discovery trail) as well as develops digital learning environments (eDidaktikum) and digital learning resource ecosystems (e.g. LePlanner, DigiÕppeVaramu) to promote contemporary learning approaches (e.g. self-directed and proactive learning, collaboration, problem solving) and develops the tools and approaches for evidence-based classroom and school monitoring and organizational knowledge maturing.

The strategic relevance of the position

The relevance of the field to the development priorities of TLU, Estonia and Europe : Learning and teaching in a technology-rich learning environment is important in various strategic documents and visions (Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020, Estonian Education and Research Strategy 2021–2035, OECD 2019). It is important to develop technology-enhanced learning approaches and technologies as part of research-based studies and to integrate them into learning and teaching practices to develop efficient digital learning ecosystems. It will be equally important in the future to develop an understanding of the extent to which technology (including the use of digital learning resources) enables personalization of the learning process and to propose new approaches to understanding how innovative technological solutions work in different learning situations. Technology-enhanced learning is an interdisciplinary field that is relevant to all of TLU's focus areas. Through various R&D projects, cooperation has already been launched in four areas through joint project proposals, funded projects, organised scientific events, which, however, need to be strengthened. Tallinn University has been appointed as nationwide responsibility for academic domain 'Practical computing' (Arvutikasutus), this professor's position will contribute to the advancement of practical computing in disciplines related with the learning. 

The strategic importance of the position within the school and how it relates to the other planned tenure and non-tenure positions : Professorship of Technology-enhanced learning is expected to have an active leadership role in activities of the Centre for Educational Technology and the academic direction of technology-enhanced learning. Associate professors, lecturers and junior researchers are aligned to the professorship to carry out research activities, and develop study programs. At the same time, associate professors also participate in teaching activities to a certain extent, which ensures coherence between teaching and research in the field of technology-enhanced learning. There will be close cooperation with the professorship of learning analytics and educational innovation, which will further advance the school‘s competence on learning analytics. There is also a strong need for collaboration with the research group of Digital Transformation to model indicators and metrics for monitoring digital change in society, but also to create value-based visions of the advancement of digitalization in education. The academic direction is developing technological solutions and validating different visions in its activities. Also research group coordinated by the professor of technology-enhanced learning will actively engage in digital change and collect data on the impact of digitalization in education through various projects. Additionally, there is a close collaboration with the research group of mathematics and computing education, where the STEM methodologies tested in the field of didactics of STEM subjects will pave the way for new 21st century digital competences and modern learning and teaching practices in educational institutions.

Requirements for the candidate (incl. professional experience)

Candidates for the tenure system position shall meet at least the requirements of career level I of tenure system professor (associate professor), which are stipulated in Annex 2 and respectively in Annex 9 and 10  to the Employment Relations Rules, incl.:

  • The candidate must have a doctoral degree or equivalent qualification;
  •  If the candidate has worked as a professor for at least five years immediately prior to applying for the position of a professor at the University (except when applying for the position of a professor in the field of arts), at least one doctoral thesis must have been defended under their (co)supervision during the last five years. 

Candidate should have strong research and publication record and good knowledge in the field of technology-enhanced learning and international research experience in the field of school, vocational education, higher education or workplace-based learning.  It is necessary to have an experience to teach in master level and also recommended to have an experience to teach in PhD level. Innovative teaching strategies in technology-enriched classes is recommended. Contributing to the development of study programs (or leading the curriculum) is necessary. Good understanding of Estonian educational system is favourable. 

It is compulsory to have an experience to coordinate research projects and recommended to have experience in organising international conferences. Also candidate should demonstrate capacity to generate external national or international funding for research. Active membership in international professional communities and expert groups is recommended as also work in the journal editorial boards, program committees of international conferences. 

Experience in organising societal outreach activities (seminars, workshops) and working together with different stakeholders and policy bodies is important strength of the candidate. 

Leadership skills

Candidate has good communication skills, is motivated to lead, inspire and empower the research group, is flexible, but still capable to take decisions and has a positive and solution-oriented mind-set. 

Job responsibilities

In accordance with Annexes 1, 2 and 10  to the Employment Relations Rules.

Tasks of professor are divided approximately 60% research, 25% teaching and supervision and 15% internal and external services. Profile will contribute to the development of the academic direction of technology-enhanced learning and has an active leadership role in the Centre for Educational Technology. The main tasks of the professor are to lead the design, implementation and evaluation research in technology-enhanced learning domains described above. As a result of the professorship the research competence of technology-enhanced learning will be increased within the team. 

The professorship will be tightly related with the teaching activities and supervising of the students of MA programs (Educational technology, Digital learning games etc.) and PhD program (Information Society Technologies, but also Educational Sciences). Coordinating the integration of the junior- and post-doctoral researchers to the R&D activities of the research centre is highly expected from the professor position. The professor is also responsible in advancing the courses of educational technology for teacher training and adult education domains to develop the digital competences of educators and enhancing professional digital competence development opportunities for the staff and students in other Schools of Tallinn University and widely in Estonia. 

Language skills:

  • English on the level necessary for conducting teaching and research work;
  • An employee who does not speak Estonian is expected to start acquiring proficiency in Estonian upon starting work and achieve language proficiency level B1 within three years and a level comparable to level B2 within five years in order to be able to perform tasks related to institutional development and administrative work in Estonian.

Working load: 1,0 (40 hours a week).

Remuneration: In accordance with TLU Remuneration Regulation  and by negotiations with the director of the School where the position shall be.

In addition to remuneration, a limited allowance is foreseen to the tenure professor, which can be used to cover the costs of research and development expenditure, members of the research team etc related to the position.

Location: Professor is expected to live in Tallinn and work at the premises of Tallinn University.

Required application documents  shall be submitted by 20th January 2021 (incl) to Personnel Office of Tallinn University.

Additional information: Please address your administrative questions to konkurss@tlu.ee , and questions on the content to the Director of the School of Digital Techologies professor Peeter Normak, peeter.normak@tlu.ee


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