The Instructional Designer reports to the Director of Instructional Technology & Design Services (ITDS) within the Information Technology Division and functions as a liaison to faculty in accord with their efforts to develop online courses and fully online programs to enhance the teaching and learning environment in a manner that meets or exceeds the University’s standards for academic quality. The Instructional Designer is responsible for successfully introducing and incorporating academic pedagogical principals and learning-enhanced technologies into course design initiatives within online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses across the University.
Provide instructional design support to University faculty and colleagues using best practices of teaching and learning.
Be responsible to assigned course design projects for selected online programs.
Assist faculty with design and development of online programs and individual online courses.
Provide consultation that will allow the University community to have a clear understanding of instructional design methodologies and processes for both individual online courses and fully online programs.
Work with Subject Matter Experts (course content developers) to identify what students need to learn and achieve in a course.
Develop learning objectives and ensure alignment between the instructional content, learning activities and learning assessments with the identified objectives in each learning unit.
Transform content from course developing faculty into learning-enhanced instructional materials, delivered in an online format with support of appropriate technologies
Structure learning activities and create media to support student learning.
Make sound recommendations to faculty to develop a wide variety of learning assessment instruments, which not only includes tests, but also authentic projects.
Conduct needs assessments in accordance with pedagogical objectives using models, such as "ADDIE" (analyze, design, develop, implement, evaluate), etc.
Coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of online instructional programs.
Manage course design projects for individual courses and programs
Initiate new technologies to meet the needs of individual courses and programs
Ensure course design and course materials to meet accessibility standards
Provide accessibility training and assistance for faculty.
Provide ePortolio instruction for both faculty and students.
Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional materials to ensure that objectives are being met and accomplished.
Initiate and provide seminars and workshops that facilitate the integration of appropriate technologies into the curriculum.
Research curriculum and pedagogical strategies designed to enhance teaching and learning and make recommendations for their use.
Research and recommend appropriate emerging technologies into teaching and learning
Manage projects to deploy and develop technology based instructional design methodologies and tools.
Provide seminars or training workshops to faculty and staff to promote new instructional design methods and technologies that can enhance the teaching and learning environment.
Initiate and participate in the faculty development events on instructional technologies and online teaching.
Facilitate the delivery of faculty development programs.
Manage the coordination and delegation of course design efforts and provide the necessary guidance for project completion.
Design surveys, conduct interviews, and collaborate with faculty to collect data on technology projects; analyze data and present findings at conferences and journals.
Collaborate effectively with other instructional designers and technology training staff on various projects to achieve the goals that the unit has determined.
Perform other duties, as assigned.
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
A minimum of a Masters Degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Adult Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related field.
Knowledge of instructional design methodologies and practices and proficient skills in current social media and instructional technologies.
Two years of experience in curriculum development, instructional design, instructional technology or a related area to acquire the ability to design and develop instructional strategies and materials. A doctoral degree in a related field may be substituted for experience.
Experience with faculty and staff development.
Proficiency with online course development.
Strong communication skills and team work capabilities.