Northwestern College seeks an instructional designer to support its rapidly growing online programs. The ideal candidate will possess strong knowledge of curricular design, computer-mediated instruction, adult learning theory, and Section 508 accessibility requirements. Exceptional interpersonal and project management skills are required. This is a site-based position on the campus of Northwestern.
Collaborate with content experts to:
Develop online courses that maximize cognitive presence, teaching presence and social presence, and reduce the transactional distance between learners and the instructor
Ensure online course content and assessments are aligned to program and course outcomes
Fully leverage the learning management system, apps and other technology to use tools most appropriate for learning, communication, assessment and intended student outcomes
Develop and embed media including video, podcasts, simulations, interactive objects and games to improve personalization and learning
Ensure logical navigation of course content
Ensure online courses are accessible to students with many learning needs, in compliance with Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and Section 508 accessibility requirements
Ensure time requirements of online courses comply with regulations pertaining to credit hours
Collaborate with program directors to:
Prepare online courses with correct due dates prior to the start of every term
Monitor online courses for function, including testing and repairing links
Monitor and recommend changes to programmatic course templates to maximize students' experience in light of learning management updates and other considerations
Provide training and support to faculty developing online courses
Graduate-level certificate or degree in instructional design, or significant equivalent experience
Deep understanding of adult learning theory and backwards design
Highly collaborative with excellent interpersonal skills, particularly in navigating the relationship with faculty content experts
Able to break down multiple simultaneous projects into component parts, create deadlines and collaborate with others to ensure projects are completed on time and with high quality
Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit letter of application, resume and Northwestern College application form. (Apply online at https://www.nwciowa.edu/employment.)
About Northwestern College (IA)
Northwestern College combines academic rigor with a Christ-centered worldview for an education that earns top-10 honors from U.S. News & World Report. Northwestern, founded in 1882, has also been ranked as the third-best college or university in the state by College Consensus and listed consistently on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Two Northwestern faculty members have been named the Iowa Professor of the Year. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, Northwestern is committed to integrating faith throughout all aspects of the college. Northwestern has an enrollment of more than 1,300 students from 32 states and 21 countries. More than 80 undergraduate academic programs are offered, along with numerous opportunities for off-campus and overseas study. An online Master of Education program offers seven options. Since 2003, more than $70 million has been spent on construction and renovation projects on Northwestern’s 100-acre campus, including the $24.5 million DeWitt Family Science Center, which was completed in 2018. Orange City, a county seat in... a thriving agricultural and manufacturing region, has been ranked one of the nation’s top-10 Christian college towns by CollegeandSeminary.com. A clean community of 6,000 proud of its Dutch heritage, it has also been named the best town in Iowa in which to raise a family, the happiest city in the state, one of the nation’s 100 best small towns, and the state’s safest town.
Mission: Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.
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