E-Learning vs IT: an impending hiring disaster

Leafing through my little regional magazine last weekend, I noticed a job advert from the local secondary school for an “iSchool Project Coordinator”. I like to keep up with what’s happening related to e-learning in the area and read further to see what this curious role was meant to be. Still scratching my head, I went to the website and downloaded the whole application pack. 22 pages later, I am troubled by what they’re trying to achieve with this hire: an über IT/e-learning superhuman happy to work for low pay.

Here are the pertinent details:

iSchool Coordinator
Grade 8 (£19,817-£23,188 fte)
Full-time, 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

The School’s IT provision is a signature of the school and was praised in the recent Ofsted report… The core purpose of every job within the School is to raise attainment and the prospects of the young people in our care. eLearning support plays a key role in this by seeking to engage students through innovative use of technology in the classroom.

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