LTA Student Internships (Digital Pedagogies) Pilot

The LTA have an exciting opportunity for up to 10 Heriot-Watt students to gain paid internships as part of a pilot project.

About the internships

The Learning and Teaching Academy Student Internships (digital pedagogies) is a pilot project in AY21/22 to offer up to 10 internships for HW students. The internships provide an opportunity to gain paid work experience, transferable skills and graduate attributes, as well as to contribute to a key university project, which will enhance student learning. The internships are open to Heriot-Watt students who have the right to work in the UK.

The pilot internships will contribute to the Digital Pedagogies work of the LTA, supporting its work to enhance the student experience through maximising the use of our learning spaces and digital technologies. The pilot will take place in the UK.

Key duties and responsibilities

The internships will focus on reviewing course sites on Canvas using the review template that will be provided. This means looking at each course site to identify issues such as how easy the course is to navigate, the activities which are used in the course to engage students and how accessible the course is, as well as identifying areas of good practice. After the review the interns will complete a report template outlining their findings. This report will be reviewed by the LTA and then shared with the course team.

Activities:

  • Undertake training in the use of the Canvas course health check.
  • Use the Canvas course health check to review Canvas course sites e.g. looking at ease of finding key information, navigating the site, accessibility.
  • Complete a detailed report template on each course site reviewed. The report will include good practice identified, areas for development and accessibility.
  • Contribute to the sharing of good practice in use of Canvas e.g. writing blogs or case studies, creating and delivering presentations.
  • Undertake other appropriate support work related to digital pedagogies as required.

Team connections: The interns will be part of the LTA Canvas Health Check team managed by LTA Associate Professor (Digital Pedagogies and Practice). They will contribute to the new Global Digital Pedagogies Hub, implementing the digital pedagogy benchmarks.

Time commitment: 20 hrs per week for 4 weeks plus 4 hours training (84 hours in total).

Duration: 4-week block between 1st June – 31st August 2022.

Salary: £9.98/hr, payment 1 month in arrears.

Location: The pilot internships will take place in the UK. The internships will be conducted online/remotely, so applicants must ensure that they have access to a laptop or PC (a mobile device is not sufficient for this work), a reliable internet connection, and a suitable place to work for the duration of the contract.

Right to work: You must already have the Right to Work in the UK.

Key requirements: Applicants must be current HW students and have the right to work in the UK.

Person specification – Essential criteria:

Applicants should:

  • Have a good level of communication skills, including ability to communicate clearly in writing e.g. emails, reports.
  • Have a good attention to detail.
  • Be familiar with navigating course sites on Canvas.
  • Be able to work independently, and remotely.
  • Be committed to promoting equity and inclusion.
  • Be able to manage their time appropriately to complete tasks within the given timeframe.

Desirable criteria:

  • An interest in digital pedagogies, technology enhanced learning and / or learning and teaching.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the application form including a copy of their CV via the online application form no later than 4pm (GMT) on Thursday 2nd June 2022.

If you require the application form in an alternative format, require assistance to complete it or have any issues submitting the online form please contact LTAcademy@hw.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.  Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm.