Department: IT Teaching & Learning Tech Salary/Grade: ITS/78
Are you looking to be a spark of inspiration in a dedicated, nimble, and professional team at Northwestern University? The Learning Engineer will provide curriculum design and course development services. In this role, you will work closely with instructors in support of digital/online projects to improve students’ learning through the creative use of technologies. You will take part in the development of curriculum experiments that lead to adoption of blended learning and teaching techniques taking advantage of educational technology tools. You have experience in helping university instructors and you have knowledge in the learning sciences, classroom technology tools that support increased classroom engagement, and effective content authoring and lesson design methods that best serve digital education.
The Learning Engineer will provide curriculum design and course development services. In this role, you will work closely with instructors in support of digital/online projects that will enhance students’ learning through the innovative use of technologies. You will take part in the development of curriculum experiments that lead to adoption of blended learning and teaching techniques taking advantage of educational technology tools. The Learning Engineer has knowledge in: the learning sciences; classroom technology tools that support increased classroom engagement; effective content authoring and lesson design methods that best serve digital education; and experience in helping university instructors
Prepare and launch courses in an online or blended format. In partnership with faculty, identify course objectives and instructional goals, develop curricula, and guide the faculty in course presentation and production. Offer guidance and mentorship to faculty while the courses are being run.
Work with faculty who express interest to broaden the reach of instructional design innovations to their courses, especially encouraging their adoption of active learning techniques.
· Promote creative and trusting partnerships for educational innovation with instructors.
· Communicate regarding curricular innovations by leading workshops, taking part in communities of practice, writing content for the Digital Learning website, etc.
Maintain currency in current learning sciences and instructional design principles for effective support of online and blended education, peer learning and active learning practices.
*Other duties may be assigned
Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, learning sciences or a related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with certification in instructional design; or related, higher-ed experience and training that is equivalent to the skills and knowledge of these degree credentials.
Two years of experience working on faculty-driven educational initiatives, bringing instructional design and analysis to the cooperative development work of instructors, educational technology support staff, and teaching assistants.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
A Master's degree in Instructional Design, Learning Sciences, Education Technology, or a similar field.
Three or more years of professional experience as an Instructional Designer in higher education or in a similar organization serving adult learners.
Expertise in developing instructional design strategies, policies, and deployment procedures with school or department stakeholders.
Expertise in Canvas and Coursera educational platforms.
Expertise with one or more digital education (content) authoring tools (e.g., Camtasia, Captivate, Lectora, Softchalk, Articulate).
Understanding of and application of social networking and mobile applications in environments for teaching and learning.
Teaching or training experience in higher ed.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of current learning technologies, a broad perspective of online higher education efforts, active learning practices and blended learning;
Ability to adapt to and communicate successfully with different people and situations; and incorporate honesty, respect, humor and fairness in daily actions.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35984
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.