Research Assistant Position-Research and Development Project


The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is a cross-disciplinary research institute spanning eleven faculties at the University of Toronto that produces cross-sector research and pedagogical resources aimed at exploring the complex relationships between information, technology and society, with the aims of advancing social justice and supporting human-centered design. Our current projects include multiple studies of the various social, cultural and political implications of everyday technologies, from 3D printers and gaming platforms, to touch devices and environmental data infrastructures. We are currently seeking a program assistant to help us research, plan and develop an innovative remote course delivery project.


  • Excellent skills in retrieving and reviewing relevant academic literature
  • Excellent skills in writing and in oral communication
  • Knowledge of market research
  • Knowledge of online education issues, theories and systems
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of video editing and experience using video editing applications such as Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Pro
  • Knowledgeable with technical equipment
  • Intermediate skills on Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Experience with WordPress, HTML, CSS
  • Excellent organizational skills in planning and project management with a high level of attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work remotely


  • Conduct a review of the relevant academic literature on the use of video in online learning and remote course delivery, with a focus on user research and best practices.
  • Conduct market research (survey of the market) of noteworthy models of virtual course delivery, with a focus on alternative formats, masterclass approaches, in academia and private sector.
  • Assist in the planning for an innovative/remote course delivery project (scheduling, logistics, coordinating with lecturers, keeping track of deadlines and deliverables, etc.).
  • Assist in the design and development of an innovative remote course that utilizes the latest education and collaboration tools

Preference will be given to University of Toronto Faculty of Information students.

The successful applicant will be offered a contract of 100 hours, to be completed over the course of the Spring Summer, May 3 – Aug 6, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with experience. $20 – $30/hr.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, submit CV, cover letter and portfolio (writing samples, research) to CLN, Job #176601 by May 21, 2021, however earlier qualified applicants will be given preference.  Questions may be directed to Professor Mary Elizabeth Luka by email.