Instructional technology specialists are responsible for conducting instructional technology activities for their organization. These professionals are in charge of training and teaching staffs or individuals different technology concepts and topics. They are experts in their field and have specialties in specific technology matters. In addition, they possess strong communication abilities to explain said concepts in a clear and concise manner.
One of their main responsibilities is participating with both individual and groups settings to review and create curriculum. Instructional technology specialists also help staffs identify effective teaching and learning outcomes and suggest ideas to improve future interactions. They design technology educational principles and implement assessment procedures. These individuals provide technology and educational support as required. These specialists have excellent leadership skills to present and respond to questions of non-technology personnel. They develop materials and lessons as required, utilizing research skills and creating an effective instructional flow. They work well in a team environment with other instructional specialists but can also perform efficiently on their own. They are proficient with a personal computer and use different software to coach and mentor employees.
They also work in an office setting with a regular 9-to-5 schedule, but travel may be required to different work sites to give presentations, seminars, and conferences. Some of their main tools include slide-show applications, flash programs, and interactive software. They are also familiar with different operating systems. A bachelor's degree in computer science, system engineering, or a related field is usually required for this job. In addition, previous years of experience in an instructional capacity can be helpful. Industry and communication certifications are a plus.
Instructional Technology Specialist Tasks
Integrate computer technologies (hardware & software) into the curriculae of various school grade levels from elementary school to college.
Keep current on emerging technologies and make recommendations to the education organization.
Develop and deliver face-to-face or online training programs to faculty and students.
Identify technology training needs of faculty and students.
Evaluate the implementation of technology into the teaching methods of teaching staff and make recommendations for improvement.