Social software programmer/researcher wanted (Canada)

Terry Anderson and I are leading a small project at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada taking a design-based research approach to exploring ways of using social software for learning.

We need someone with a computing degree or equivalent experience to extend and improve aspects of Elgg, as well as to integrate and mash it up with other systems (specifically Moodle and the Project Wonderland immersive environment). PHP and/or Java programming experience would be useful. The post holder will also research and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions using the software so will need to be a great communicator, ideally with experience of participative approaches to design and/or qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The things we are trying to do will hopefully be of benefit to anyone in education who wants to use Elgg as their social software. We hope this will be ground-breaking work that will lead to publications etc, so it would be good for someone wanting to break into learning technologies research.

This post can be remotely located, but occasional visits to Edmonton, Alberta would be required, and Canadian residents and citizens will be considered before anyone else.

Full details are available at

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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