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Instructional Designer

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) invites applications for an Instructional Designer at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  The Instructional Designer (ID) is responsible for multiple, concurrent online course development projects. This includes working directly with faculty on the design, development, and management of their online course, applying various learning theories, teaching strategies, instructional design models, best practices in online education, and integrating educational technologies to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning experiences. The Instructional Designer also contributes to the overall growth and improvement of the ID Team and programs in the ID’s portfolio.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu                                                 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs, develops, and supports effective online courses
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and CITL staff to design and develop high-quality and innovative courses
  • Apply and disseminate various pedagogical learning theories/instructional design models and best practices in online/innovative education
  • Design online modules and integrate current educational technologies to promote effective teaching strategies and to improve student learning experiences
  • Develop online tutorials, as well as face-to-face training sessions and workshops, for faculty and students
  • Facilitate and coordinate administrative aspects of course development, delivery, and support
  • Liaise with quality control and assurance staff to correct errors found in online courses
  • Provide ongoing support to faculty and TAs for the delivery of live online courses
  • Support teams and programs
  • Serve on internal committees to improve or maintain the ID team infrastructure (e.g. enhancing templates, expanding documentation, recommending new technologies)
  • Serve as the team’s designated point-person on certain technologies, theories, or other topics by deeply understanding the topic and, where applicable, administering the service
  • Promote a positive work environment for all team members
  • Assist with the training and development of team members
  • Provide planning and updates for individual courses within a program to the units
  • Develop ancillary materials to enhance the overall quality of programs (such as program-level learning objectives, course requirements, student program orientations course materials, faculty manuals, and faculty workshops)

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in an Education-related discipline plus at least 1 year of full-time instructional design experience or Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of full-time instructional design experience

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree or higher in Education or teaching/learning-related discipline

Required Experience:

  • Experience working well directly with faculty in higher education
  • Lead and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively within a team
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and writing skill

Preferred Experience: 

  • 3 years of experience performing instructional design services on a daily basis
  • Online teaching experience
  • Experience working in a large, decentralized organization

Knowledge:

Required:

  • Familiarity with learning management systems such as Moodle and Blackboard Learn
  • Understanding instructional systems design, instructional design, or adult learning theories
  • Understanding the needs of adult students

Preferred:

  • Experience with synchronous tools such as Skype, Zoom, and Blackboard Collaborate
  • Knowledge of best practice in standards-compliant responsive web design, accessibility, user-experience design, information architecture, and graphic design
  • Experience with team collaboration tools such as Box and Google Drive

Application: 

This position is a 100% full time, twelve month, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Start date is as soon after the close of the search. To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of application, resume, and a list of three professional references, including contact information by October 2, 2018.  Interviews may begin prior to close of the search, but a hiring decision will not be made until the search closes.  For further information about this position, please contact Jennifer Steiling at steiling@illinois.edu.