Under general direction, the Instructional Designer for Connected Learning is responsible for providing leadership, assistance and mentoring in the implementation and integration of current and emerging technologies in support of teaching, learning and research. S/he will support faculty in their use of new / social media to engage in connected learning for pedagogy and scholarship, including academic publishing technologies (e.g., WordPress), networked communication tools (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter, diigo, slack), and exploration of new forms of digital scholarship (including but not limited to the digital humanities). Competencies will include: •Support, guide, and model incorporation of, research-based best practices in the application of connected learning principles and technologies when planning learning experiences. •Regularly consult with faculty members to develop a grounded understanding of instructional approaches, course design challenges and scholarly interests. •Collaboratively design and develop learning opportunities / programs for faculty focused on instructional methods, teaching strategies, and the effective use of currently available tools and technologies to enhance learning. •Develop instructional materials and support resources for meaningful use of digital / instructional technologies in a variety of learning contexts. •Manage and participate in team-based project work that involves faculty, staff, ITS colleagues, librarians and student media consultants. •Build strong collaborative relationships with colleagues on the Learning and Applied Innovation team, the library and the Colgate Center for Learning, Teaching and Research (CLTR). •Regularly engage with information (research, blogs, networked communities) related to technology-enhanced teaching and learning to inform practice. •Other duties as assigned.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in education, instructional design, educational technology or related field, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills are attained. •Master's degree in education, instructional design, educational technology or related field is preferred.
•Demonstrated experience assisting faculty members with the effective use of technology in traditional and technology-enabled learning environments (skills facilitating adult learning). •Experience integrating web-based learning tools in educational contexts, combined with strong understanding of the application of connected learning principles and technologies (e.g., new / social media, participatory culture, distributed communities of practice, digital scholarship). •Strong knowledge of instructional design principles / practices (e.g., needs assessments, task analysis, activity design, rapid prototyping, evaluation). •Broad knowledge of the application of technology to enhance teaching, learning and research. •Working knowledge of course design principles, and the planning of learning experiences. •Excellent communication skills, oral and written. •A firm commitment to providing exceptional customer service. Preferred Qualifications: •Deep understanding and knowledge of teaching and learning -- minimum of three (3) years combined teaching experience (K-12 / college). •Five (5) or more years experience working with clients in instructional design or educational development in a university setting. •A strong commitment to learning that is driven by curiosity, imagination, creativity, collaboration and a desire to innovate. •Demonstrated knowledge and skills in project management. •Experience designing and conducting program evaluations and/or research studies. •Experience participating in large initiatives across an entire organization through consultation, facilitation, and training.