Independent Learning Curriculum Editor
Curriculum editors for the Duke TIP Independent Learning program are responsible for editing a challenging, engaging course/unit that meets the requirements of the curriculum template. This is a part-time short-term, telecommuting position that can be tailored to an individual’s schedule, though typically units are edited within six to nine months, and courses, within nine to twelve. Editors are required to edit the developer’s first draft of each lesson, review the second draft, and edit the accompanying mentor guidelines Web site. Editors review lessons every few weeks for a number of months, break for a student field test and then work with the developer to address student feedback and integrate student work samples. Editors will use software such as SoftChalk LessonBuilder™ and PowerPoint to render lessons. Detailed responsibilities include, but are not limited to, items listed in Specific Duties.
A BA in the relevant subject area is required with at least five years of experience teaching elementary, middle school, or high school students. A master’s degree in education or a relevant subject area is preferred, as is experience teaching gifted students. If the majority of an applicant’s teaching experience has occurred at the college level, an applicant should have a strong record of curriculum development or editing for departments of curriculum and instruction; for elementary, middle, or high school level programs; or for other educational institutions. Strong writing skills and knowledge of differentiated instruction required. Published curriculum or editorial/curriculum consultant experience preferred. Experience with educational software preferred. Applicants must possess a genuine interest in the academic, social, and emotional growth of adolescents, in the best practices in gifted education, and a willingness to work cooperatively with a staff of developers and support personnel.
During Course or Unit Development
- Attend training in the curriculum template and SoftChalk LessonBuilder™ as needed.
- Edit the following items and post materials in the Blackboard course within the time frame indicated in your contract and hiring materials:
- course/unit syllabus and Lesson One in document form, including all elements specified in the lesson template;
- list of required readings (accompanying texts for student purchase or selections for a custom reader);
- list of NCSCOS/national objectives met by the course/unit.
- Lessons 1-10 (unit) or Lessons 1-20 (course) in SoftChalk LessonBuilder™ format, to include all elements specified in the lesson template, including
- slideshow content and narration, one per lesson, using the slideshow guidelines,
- guidelines, answer keys, and commentary for the mentor guidelines Web site;
- Web site contact information for all requested hyperlinks,
- and a works cited page in MLA format; and
- overall course/unit pretest.
- Review second drafts of lessons and provide feedback to the developer in document format.
- Work with the developer to select student samples from the field test as models of excellent work for lessons and mentor guidelines Web site.
- Check email weekly.
- Make any requests to alter a deadline with a week’s notice to the coordinator of Independent Learning, understanding that such requests cannot always be granted.
- Communicate with the coordinator and developer as necessary to meet contract deadlines.
- Provide a bio of your credentials for the credits page.
- Provide feedback on a potential course/unit description for marketing materials.