[Zope] OT: Job developing a Zope based VLE...

Tony McDonald tony.mcdonald@ncl.ac.uk
Mon, 08 Oct 2001 14:35:19 +0100

Hope this isn't too off-topic. Our VLE is totally implemented in Zope, and
as we want to expand it....oh, and forget the PERL bit - that was an
oversight! :)

We have a two year position available, working within the FMCC to further
develop the NLE (Networked Learning Environment). The NLE is a virtual
learning environment (VLE) implemented in Zope, Python, XML and SQL databas=
technologies, initially developed at Newcastle under TLTP 3-86 that is bein=
used daily by the Medical Schools at Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.
This post is designed to build on the successes of the NLE and further
consolidate the usage of the NLE both at Newcastle and further afield.

Details follow:

    University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    Faculty of Medicine Computing Centre
    Research Associate/ Senior Research Associate
    Internet Development, =A316,775-=A323,256

The Faculty of Medicine Computing Centre (FMCC) wishes to appoint a highly
motivated professional to join an existing development team to further the
development of learning support systems within the Faculty of Medicine.

This two-year post carries development responsibility for communication and
information technology (C&IT) based approaches to support student learning
and facilitate the recording of achievement primarily within the Medical
Curriculum, working with students based in sites remote from the main
University Campus.  This will involve the further development of existing
Internet database solutions as well as piloting of new approaches to delive=
the following:

a) support for the delivery of a centralised curriculum to remote teaching
b) tools to enable staff to better plan and manage the curriculum
c) personal and academic records of achievement linked to learning outcomes=
d) interactive support for the existing mentoring processes;
e) links to existing computer mediated communication systems;
f) links to learning management information held in University database
g) support for quality assurance and administration;
h) C&IT and informatics training (where appropriate);

The postholder will have excellent communication, programming (ZOPE, Python=
PERL) and database development (SQL) skills, and a thorough understanding o=
utilising the Internet to deliver learning resources.  It is expected that
the postholder will hold a relevant (preferably higher) degree, or
equivalent experience.  The postholder will be familiar with working in a
computer supported collaborative environment, training information
providers, and developing generic tools able to be used and maintained
easily by others.  The post involves collaboration with other projects, NHS
Trusts, HE institutions and potential commercial partners, therefore
candidates should be willing to undertake some travel.

The post will be appointed as soon as possible for two years on the Researc=
Associate Scale =A316,775-=A323,256.  Candidates wishing to discuss this post
informally should contact Dr Tony McDonald (Tel: 0191 243 6140,  Email:

Further details are available at the NLE website: http://nle.ncl.ac.uk/
The deadline for admissions is 1st November.

Dr Tony McDonald,  Assistant Director, FMCC, http://www.fmcc.org.uk/
The Medical School, Newcastle University Tel: +44 191 243 6140
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