Education Advisory Board Application

ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY

The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) invites you to apply to become a member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board starting November 2018 and ending October 2019.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA and ASU as an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member for a renewable one-year term beginning November 2018.

Applications will be accepted through October 19, 2018. Selections will be announced in the first week of November, with successful candidates beginning their year of service after completing the virtual online training, “Orientation to the philosophy of Infiniscope Education” the second week of  November.

Project Description:

The Infiniscope Education Advisory Board is a team of 30 individuals recruited among all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, District of Columbia and US Virgin Islands that serve for a one-year term as distributed representatives and reviewers of Infiniscope education products.

Infiniscope aims to recruit highly-motivated individuals who have the enthusiasm, passion, and ambition to review educational products, created by the Infiniscope team, and share the excitement of space exploration within their communities. By leveraging formal and informal educators as members of the advisory board, Infiniscope looks to ensure all education products are relevant, adoptable, and user-friendly for appropriate audiences. These products will be released not only to the general public, but to formal and informal educational institutions.

Trainings, Support, and Benefits for Infiniscope Education Advisory Board Members:

Training:

Board members will participate in a minimum of three one-hour, online (web-based), training sessions held after traditional school hours. These sessions will introduce board members to Infiniscope Education philosophy in the design of learning experiences, NASA’s goals for the Infiniscope project, how to submit a high-quality review, and how to share Infiniscope experiences with your community. These training sessions will educate the board member about Infiniscope development methods and supply materials needed to support the board member’s duties, such as storyboard (mock-up) reviews, educator resources review, and the final review for quality assurance before the public launch of the experience.

In addition to training, board members will be provided online resources including social media groups, chat groups, discussion forums, and collaborative spaces to share experiences, ideas, or questions with other board members and the Infiniscope team. The Infiniscope team will provide meetings of opportunity for board members attending national conferences.

Support:

  • Board member group chats (such as discussion boards and social media)
  • Synchronous online professional development designed for just-in-time training
  • Professional development and feedback on reviews

Benefits:

  • Press release sent to board member’s institution announcing selection
  • “Meet the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board” recognition posted on the Infiniscope website
  • $1,000 stipend broken into two half-year payments of $500 each (based on satisfactory assessments of advisory board participation outlined in “Time Commitments” below.)
  • Professional development clock hours provided for all participation in synchronous online training sessions and approved review submissions
  • Infinite (∞) Contributor Award - Top contributors can be elevated to
    • Moderator in social media/discussion forums
    • Professional development coach in synchronous online trainings
  • Potential to participate in a special project for an additional stipend
  • Group meet ups scheduled at national conferences such as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), American Library Association (ALA), and Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

Infiniscope Education Advisory Board Role:

Collectively, the direct interaction with the Infiniscope team, ongoing training, support and materials provided by the Infiniscope program, lays the foundation for every board member’s successful review submission and sharing in his/her community. Armed with enthusiasm and knowledge, board members confidently share Infiniscope learning experiences with the public and in their communities, spurring ripples of excitement throughout their reach. Infiniscope Education Advisory Board members serve as key members of Infiniscope’s development team.

Time Commitments:

  • Participation runs from November 2018 through October 2019
  • Online meet/greet and training with Infiniscope team and board members
  • Online trainings prior to each participatory activity - “How do I provide better feedback?”
  • Minimum of 50 hours of engagement per year
  • Monthly participation in discussion forum and/or social media topics/conversation/tag-ups
  • Monthly community engagement in upcoming or current Infiniscope events
  • Portal Feature Review - Test and provide feedback on portal features as they become available
  • Formal classroom educator minimum participation every six months in a full review cycle of one to two learning experiences includes:
    • Storyboard (Mock-Up) Review - Presentation of a learning experience with expected user interactions and learning sequence
    • Educator Resource Review - Review of live learning experience and educator documents
    • Optional Testing with Students - Use the learning experience and formal educator documents with your students to provide feedback on the products
  • Informal educator minimum participation every six months in a full review cycle of one to two learning experience includes:
    • Storyboard (Mock-Up) Review - Presentation of a learning experience with expected user interactions and learning sequence
    • Educator Resource Review - Review of live learning experience and informal educator documents
    • Optional Testing with Learners - Use the learning experience and informal educator documents with your learners to provide feedback on the products

Infiniscope Education Advisory Board Members’ Responsibilities

Infiniscope Education Advisory Board Members are asked to participate in at least one full review cycle per six months (as outlined above).

The Ideal Advisory Board Candidate

  • Must a U.S. resident or serve on U.S. soil 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older on  August 1, 2018
  • Must be or become a member of the Infiniscope Teaching Network
  • Submits a well-thought-out, complete application
  • Has the ambition and enthusiasm to improve quality of educational products
  • Must work in an educational setting (such as classroom, museum, library, etc)
  • Must have learners in your educational setting with access to technology, whether their own or provided by your institution
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Must be interested in and comfortable with collaborating with peers through digital communication technologies such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, discussion board, social media, and file sharing technologies
  • Is willing to build upon strong ties with his/her education community
  • Is willing to inspire his/her community to actively participate in educational opportunities
  • Participates in scheduled online professional development sessions (offered 1-2 weeks in advance of review activity)
  • Keeps up with Infiniscope Education Advisory Board email and web postings
  • Acknowledges Infiniscope products may be reproduced and used for non-profit, educational purposes only

We are seeking Infiniscope Education Advisory Board members from diverse backgrounds and professions including, but not limited to, formal and informal education, science, engineering, libraries, and out of school programs. Qualified individuals submitting a complete and well-thought out application may be selected for a one-year, renewable term as a board member in support of NASA priorities. Please consider becoming an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member and bring the pursuit of knowledge about NASA’s space exploration program to your education community.

In addition to the application please submit the following by October 19th to Jessica Swann at jlswann@asu.edu:

  • A current copy of your resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of support explaining your potential contribution to the project (1 from a supervisor, 1 from a professional peer)
  • Written responses to the following questions:
    • Why do you want to be a member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board? (~200 words)
    • Why is exploratory science education important to you inside and outside the classroom? (~200 words)
    • What do you believe is the role of digital learning in science? (~200 words)
    • What qualities or skills do you possess that would make you a good member of the Board? (~200 words)
    • Enter a short biography (< 100 words) for publication to Infiniscope website if selected to serve

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS 5 PM PDT October 19, 2018.

Selections will be made and applicants notified by the first week of November.