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Instructional Designer

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning invites applications for full-time Instructional Designer. Applicants who meet the position requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. The mission of Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is to provide leadership for reflective and responsive teaching, educational innovation, and professional development. In collaboration with academic units of the campus, CITL designs, plans, and implements credit and noncredit programs offered to diverse audiences. This position resides within Online Strategy & Development, the division responsible for initiating and supporting both on- and off-campus credit programming using a variety of instructional delivery methods.

The Instructional Designer is responsible for assisting faculty with the design, development, and management of online courses offered through CITL. Using active learning, learning theories/instructional design models, and best practices in online distance education, integrate current educational technologies to promote effective teaching strategies and to improve student learning experiences. Also provide consultation and assistance with the technical and programmatic development of assigned projects, design and develop effective online courses, evaluate the effectiveness of course design, and provide assistance with planning and coordinating materials with the course instructor(s) and the development team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with faculty and CITL staff to design and develop high-quality, online and innovative courses to be offered through CITL in cooperation with campus colleges and departments.
  • Through continuous research and testing, use 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 instructor and student tutorials, as well as face-to-face training sessions and workshops.
  • Facilitate and coordinate administrative aspects of course development, delivery, and support.
  • Provide assistance with planning and coordinating materials with the course instructor(s) and development team.

Education:

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Education or teaching-related discipline.

Preferred: PhD in Education or teaching-related discipline.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • One year of experience working in a full-time instructional design capacity, collaborating directly with college faculty in online curriculum-building and web-based course development.
  • Experience in leading multiple, complex projects.
  • Experience in face-to-face or online classroom teaching or workshop facilitation.
  • Good understanding of pedagogy and learning theories/instructional design models, particularly in on-line settings.
  • Demonstrated competence in working with learning management systems/online learning platforms.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Great attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prioritize, schedule, and meet deadlines.
  • Some familiarity with HTML/CSS, multimedia (including images, audio, and video), and development tools (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, or related tools).

Preferred experience and qualifications:

  • Experience leading an online course development department.
  • Five years experience working in a full-time instructional design capacity, collaborating directly with college faculty in on online curriculum-building and web-based course development.
  • Experience conducting educational research.
  • Proven ability to stay current with rapidly changing technologies.
  • Experience with conferencing and collaboration environments such as Elluminate/Collaborate.
  • Experience with social networking and collaboration tools (discussion forums, wikis, biogs, etc.) in asynchronous learning environments.

Application: This position in a 100% full-time, benefit’s eligible Academic Professional position.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and the start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search. To ensure full consideration application materials must be received by ­­­­­­January 21, 2018. Interviews may begin prior to the close of the search however a hiring decision will not be made until after the close of the search. All candidates must create a candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at steiling@illinois.edu.

Assistant Instructional Designer

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an opening for an Assistant Instructional Designer in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL).  The Assistant Instructional Designer works closely with instructional designers in developing and supporting online courses offered through CITL. The Assistant Instructional Designer is responsible for staying current with campus-supported and other potential educational technologies and for assisting with the technical development of assigned projects and instructional applications.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and update content within the LMS.
  • Work with instructors to prepare their fully-developed online courses to be offered again.
  • Meet with team members to solve problems and plan upcoming work.
  • Support faculty on technical issues while their courses are running.
  • Serve as the team’s point-person on assigned technologies by deeply understanding the technology and, where applicable, administering the service.
  • Serve on internal committees to improve the infrastructure of the team (e.g. enhancing templates, expanding documentation, recommending new technologies).
  • Work with hourly staff to train them, delegate tasks, and ensure the quality and timely delivery of their work.
  • Provide instructional design support on course projects (e.g. reviewing module learning objectives, estimating student effort, reviewing quiz feedback).
  • Liaise with quality control and assurance staff to correct errors found in online courses.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Demonstrable experience in developing educational web-based materials.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to function in a team environment.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong time-management skills including the ability to meet deadlines in a timely fashion.

Preferred experience and qualifications:

  • Experience working in Higher Education.
  • Experience developing content within Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard and Moodle.
  • Experience working with faculty in a role other than as a student.
  • Experience administering Collaborate or other web conferencing systems.
  • Experience taking a fully-online course as a student.
  • Proficiency with multimedia-oriented tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, Audacity, or Camtasia.
  • Proficiency with HTML and CSS.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory, pedagogy, and instruction systems design.
  • Knowledge of best practice in standards-compliant responsive web design, accessibility, user-experience design, information architecture, and graphic design.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript.

Application: To ensure full consideration application materials must be received by ­­­­­­January 21, 2018. Interviews may begin prior to the close of the search however a hiring decision will not be made until after the close of the search. This position is a 100% full-time, benefit’s eligible Academic Professional position.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and the start date is as soon as possible after the close date. All candidates must create a candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedure, contact Jennifer Steiling at steiling@illinois.edu.

Copyright Assistant

CITL Instructional Media Resources invites applications for a part time Copyright Assistant, to work with the Copyright & Content Management team to ensure copyright compliance for traditional, online, and blended courses. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Robyn Bianconi (biancon1@illinois.edu). This posting is available as an Academic Hourly or Graduate Hourly position, and remote work is an option for qualified individuals. Applications will be accepted through January 31st, 2018.