Job — Digital Pedagogies Facilitator (GAA)

Pay rate: $25 per hour

Hours per week: 10 to 20 depending on availability

Length of employment: Summer 2020 and potentially into Fall 2021

Application deadline: June 25, 2020

To apply: send your CV and cover letter to


The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) is developing FNIS 100: Indigenous Foundations for online delivery. FNIS 100 (45 students) is an introduction to some of the historical, political, legal, cultural, and artistic issues that inform the experiences of contemporary Indigenous peoples, with particular (but not exclusive) focus on Canadian contexts. We train students to interrogate stereotypes and popular images of Indigenous peoples and respond with more accurate representations; we analyze the historical and ongoing impacts of settler-colonialism, and centre Indigenous agency, not imposed colonial ideas of deficiency; we examine the diverse experiences, lived realities, and cultural expressions of Indigenous peoples from Indigenous perspectives; and we work to build, maintain, and strengthen respectful and ethical relationships between academia and Indigenous communities and organizations.

The Role: We are looking for a student to that can help redesign FNIS 100 in a digital space. The successful candidate will research online materials, including readings, assignments, and assessment models, relevant to Indigenous studies and help to develop weekly learning modules based on the themes of the course. We will also need to conduct an environmental scan for how other Indigenous studies units are delivering online content.

The student will be working directly with FNIS 100 instructor Dave Gaertner and have regular interaction with him as he rebuilds the course. We are looking for applicants with:


  • Methods, best practices, theories and concepts pertaining to Indigenous studies;
  • Methods, best practices, theories, concepts, and systems pertaining to instructional design and technology in a face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments in higher education;
  • Online learning and course management systems such as Canvas, Blackboard, and Design to Learn;
  • Adult learning styles; teaching techniques and barriers to learning in online and hybrid courses;
  • Help desk practices, strategies, and technology associated with providing support to faculty members in the use of instructional systems and technology;
  • Federal, state and local laws regarding accessibility
  • Microsoft applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Principles of providing training and work direction.



  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Stimulate interest and faculty involvement in online and technology-enhanced instruction;
  • Design and redesign course materials to utilize new and emerging technologies in instruction;
  • Assess and evaluate a variety of teaching methods and strategies and recommend appropriate use of technology in the classroom and for online and hybrid courses;
  • Create effective teaching and learning environments using alternative instructional delivery methods and online course management tools;
  • Implement distance education and technology-related initiatives and programs;
  • Provide training and assistance to faculty members in their areas of teaching responsibility;
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Meet schedules and deadlines;
  • Maintain confidentiality of division records as required;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Extensive computer work within a lab/training/learning environment.
  • Interaction with faculty and staff members.
  • May include long periods of standing and/or sitting.
  • Move from one work area to another, as needed.
  • May require working after regular working hours or weekends.


The research assistant will be asked to:

  • Conduct an environmental scan of Indigenous studies units delivering online content
  • Help to identify meaningful intersections community-building exercises/assignments for a digital classroom
  • Collect and organize materials
  • Organize the Canvas site for FNIS 100
  • Research assignments and assessment models best suited to online learning
  • Assist in consultations with UBC faculty as necessary/able.


  • Current UBC student
  • Previous experience working in the context of Indigenous studies
  • Previous experience in pedagogy and/or online learning
  • Knowledge of Canvas an asset
  • Knowledge of adult learning theories an asset
  • Previous experience working at a university an asset


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