The Harvard University Division of Continuing Education (DCE) seeks a talented, energetic, and technically-capable person who is passionate about working with Harvard faculty to create highly engaging and effective learning experiences that model for the world what online and blended education can be. The Course Designer reports to the Manager of Course Design within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Among the responsibilities of the course design team are:
to work closely with instructors teaching in a variety of course formats including in-person, online only, and in-person with online students;
to design courses and/or specific course elements that effectively support a very broad audience of adult part-time students with widely varying academic preparation, significant time constraints, and demanding learning goals;
to use the advantages of the online environment to offer course material and support in ways that cannot be done in a brick-and-mortar classroom;
and to develop a social and academic community for DCE students to enrich their experience and connection to Harvard and each other.
The design team is supported by talented video production and software development teams, a vibrant online course delivery platform, visionary leadership, and outstanding Harvard faculty and their teaching assistants.
Duties & Responsibilities Include:
Participation in the design and development of engaging learning experiences from inception to completion. This will require working with faculty members and others on the application of instructional design principles, learning theories, multimedia, and simulation technologies to support active learning.
Collaboration with faculty members and teaching fellows to develop project charters, create formats for digital materials, design and implement course websites, and produce course design documents and interaction plans.
Collaboration with faculty members and teaching fellows to build and support exemplary learning objects and modules along with associated educational materials.
Designing individualized interventions for courses in need of remediation to meet DCE quality standards.
Making recommendations for best practices in online education and identify content and technology resources for online teaching and learning.
The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 16,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 10,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering 80 short noncredit courses to almost 4,000 learners annually.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required with 3 plus years of work experience in online course development, instructional design, instructional technology, and project management.
Master's degree preferred. Work experience in one of the following: online course development, instructional design, instructional technology, project management, preferred. Experience teaching in an online environment (K12 or Higher Ed) as a TA or primary instructor. Demonstrated strong project management skills with several examples of projects managed from start to conclusion. Strong technical skills/fluency. You need not be a programmer, but you should be a tinkerer who feels comfortable exploring software and web environments and getting the most out of them. Background/education in instructional design and/or UI/UX design is a big plus. Strong analytical skills. Ability to creatively problem-solve and think outside the box. Ability to work well with others.Canvas or other modern LMS experience.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48720BR
About Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.