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The Director in Learning Sciences, Analytics, Navigation and Consulting will lead the Learning Sciences, Analytics, Navigation and Consulting department which consists of a multidisciplinary team that supports a holistic approach toward learning and performance in education and the workforce. The department includes staff with expertise in the learning sciences, education and career navigation, interests, and data mining. This expertise is leveraged in foundational research in support of the ACT Holistic Framework across the K-career continuum and in consulting with internal and external customers. The resulting knowledge is used in designing and researching products and services maximizing the likelihood of meaningfully impacting the intended outcomes. Consulting provides solutions that help customers achieve their learning and assessment goals despite practical barriers and limitations by developing innovative approaches supported by research.
Provide leadership and direction in development, implementation and support of a research agenda which integrates the most recent findings from the learning sciences, principled design, digital learning and assessment environments, and data mining in support of ACT’s mission, strategic direction, and products.
Lead a team of research scientists who will implement that research agenda in support of consulting and products. Staff will also serve as subject matter experts in design activities related to the development of assessments and learning environments, suggest the evidence needed to support validity and efficacy claims, and execute on research to support these claims. Work collaboratively with internal and external customers to implement innovative solutions.
Identify and support opportunities for external consulting.
Identify and support external partnerships in fields such as learning analytics, educational data mining and intelligent systems for purposes of joint projects that advance the work in the field of digital, technology rich learning and assessment tools.
Support and contribute to the growth of externally funded research aligned with the strategic direction of ACT in fields such as learning analytics, educational data mining and intelligent systems.
Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic direction of ACT and the Research Area, working closely with leadership across the organization and within Research and Development.
Work closely with the Vice President, Innovative Research, Design, and Consultation, in the areas of learning analytics, educational data mining, and intelligent systems with the aim of growing the organization’s capacity for developing and applying approaches to making generalizable inferences about learner cognitive, behavioral and navigation skills.
Provide thought leadership across ACT in fields such as learning sciences, principled design, digital learning and assessment environments, and data mining.
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Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.