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Vacancy:-

Project Officer (RA): MANTCHI

There is a vacancy for a Project Officer to support the 
technical aspects of the MANTCHI project (MAN-based 
Tutoring in Computer-Human Interaction).  Candidates
should have knowledge of WWW-based applications and
good programming skills.  Familiarity with any of the 
following would be an additional advantage:  

* Human-Computer Interaction
* Computer Supported Collaborative Work
* Computer Based Learning
* Desktop Videoconferencing

The starting salary will be in the range  14317 to  15986
on the Research Scale.


The MANTCHI Project

The MANTCHI project is funded by the Scottish Higher Education 
Funding Council (SHEFC) under the Use of MANs Initiative.
The lead institution for the project is Glasgow Caledonian 
University. The other partners are Heriot-Watt University,  
Napier University and the University of Glasgow.

The project has been funded for 19 months from January 1997 to
July 1998.  It will develop the technology to support
collaborative task-based tutorial teaching over two Metropolitan
Area Networks (MANs): ClydeNet covers the Glasgow metropolitan
area, and EastMAN covers the east of Scotland.  The technical
development will be based on WWW-based implementations of
Ackerman & Malone's Answergarden concept.  These tools were 
trialled in two previous projects, INTERACT and MARBLE, each 
of which involved some of the partners in the present MANTCHI 
project.  In MANTCHI we shall extend the work to remote online 
tutorials, and we shall use videoconferencing in conjunction with
other hypermedia techniques.


The Context

The project builds on a strong established tradition in
Human-Computer Interaction in the partner universities,
in particular

* GIST (the Glasgow Interactive Systems group) [Glasgow]
* The CSCW and Distributed Applications Group [Caledonian]
* The Centre for Learning and Teaching Innovation [Caledonian]
* The Institute for Computer Based Learning [Heriot-Watt]

and on the support for innovation in the use of broadband 
networks provided by SHEFC through TalisMAN.  This combination 
will provide a stimulating and supportive environment for 
the project officer's work.

The person appointed will initially be based at Glasgow 
Caledonian University until 31 Jan or 28 Feb 1998, and it 
is envisaged he/she would then transfer to Glasgow University 
for the remaining 5 months of the project.  

Further details of the project are at
  http://greenock-bank.clyde.net.uk/mantchi/

Further information about the post and about the
research environment are at:
  http://www.cos.gcal.ac.uk/~newman/mantchi/rapost.htm

Candidates wishing to discuss the project should
contact Julian Newman ([log in to unmask]; 0141 331 3288).
Additional information about the work at the Glasgow University
Department of Computing Science may be obtained from
Phil Gray ([log in to unmask]).

Applicants should send CV, with names and email addresses of
two referees, to

     Julian Newman,
     Department of Computing and Information Systems,
     Glasgow Caledonian University,
     Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA

     Fax: 0141 331 3277 or 3005

The closing date is 28th March 1997.  Start date: 1st April 1997
or as soon as possible.

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