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The University of Michigan’s College of Engineering (CoE) provides scientific and technological leadership to the world. We seek to improve the quality of life by developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, creating collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promoting an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good. Our graduate and undergraduate programs are highly ranked and have a strong reputation for excellence. Michigan Engineering’s graduate and undergraduate programs rank 4th and 6th in the nation, respectively. Our online graduate programs consistently rank in the top 10 nationwide.
In support of the vision and mission of the College of Engineering, we are raising our profile in online and professional education to enhance participation and broaden access to the best scientific and technical education from the University. This online (credit and non-credit) and professional education (non-credit) activity will unlock more learning opportunities for the U-M community, organizations, and learners around the world by delivering an innovative, engaging portfolio that can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities, and improve our quality of life.
We are currently expanding our staffing capacity for this activity and are looking for a Senior Instructional Designer to join the team. This position will contribute to our vision of expanding educational offerings through the development of high quality, pedagogically sound, immersive, and experiential courses offered through Michigan Engineering. The Senior Instructional Designer will lead the course development process, work collaboratively with faculty subject matter experts to provide learning design and development services for new courses, support the revision and delivery of existing courses, and propose solutions for complex challenges in online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. This person will play a key role in supporting faculty and course teams to incorporate instructional design theory, teaching and learning pedagogy, and best practices in online education through course design and delivery. The role is an on-campus position, primarily during standard business hours, but may require limited evening and weekend hours depending on unit needs.
The ideal candidate for this position will have worked in a multidisciplinary team environment, have advanced experience in instructional design in higher education, partnered with faculty to provide learning design support, integrated media and open educational resources into courses, designed and modified courses to align with accessibility standards, has demonstrated experience with the exploration and application and technology for teaching and learning, and a desire to explore how technology and design practices can be used to transform education. This position will work within a fast-paced environment to apply instructional design theories and practice for non-credit courses, certificates, and online degree programs, blended learning experiences, and other digital education environments that are aimed at unlocking new educational opportunities and enabling personalized, engaged, and lifelong learning for the U-M community and learners around the world.
The University of Michigan is seeking a Senior Instructional Designer to join a creative and talented team within the College of Engineering’s new home for Online and Professional Education. The roles and responsibilities of this position are to enable innovative learning design approaches across the College of Engineering. This position will report to and work closely with the Director of Online Learning Design and Innovations.
Design and development (70%)
Develop high quality, pedagogically sound, immersive, and experiential courses offered through Michigan Engineering. Collaborate with faculty, instructional support team, and researchers to design and deliver high-quality synchronous, asynchronous, online, and hybrid courses.
Collaborate with faculty experts to provide learning design services to develop new courses, support the revision and delivery of existing courses, and propose solutions for complex challenges in online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments.
Supporting faculty, programs, and course teams to incorporate instructional design theory, teaching and learning pedagogy, and best practices in online education through course design and delivery.
Provide faculty partners, design teams, course teams, and other stakeholders with course teams and faculty partners with relevant pedagogically sound and inspirational of implementation of learning design for high quality teaching and learning opportunities.
Seek and propose technical or innovative solutions to pedagogical design challenges.
Spotlight important design considerations, such as creating materials that are accessible to global learners and to learners with disabilities.
Develop guides and tools for faculty authors and stakeholders on the course development, authoring, and delivery processes, to inform current and prospective faculty about instructional design and other faculty development resources that will become part of the online and professional education onboarding experience.
Review course design decisions to ensure that activities, and resources are appropriately aligned with learning objectives and desired course outcomes.
Consult on assessment creation, including content and grading rubrics for quizzes, exams, case studies, projects, peer graded assignments discussions/reflections, etc.
Provide feedback to program, course design, and production teams on consistency and appropriateness of course content and delivery.
Characterize the pedagogical design of a course and make research- and evidence-based recommendations for iterative improvements.
Applied Research (15%)
Partner with key stakeholders to assess unit, faculty, and Michigan Engineering needs, related to instructional design support faculty and learners needs. This may include surveys, interviews, analytics, and other forms of data collection and application.
Analyze interview and survey data to inform course improvements and iterations.
Develop methods and tools to assess the efficacy of our course designs.
Project Management (10%)
Develop and maintain course project timelines to ensure timely, quality deliverables.
Collaborate with faculty and course teams to ensure faculty have the necessary support to create, deliver, evaluate, and improve their courses.
Develop design templates, checklists, guidelines, and best practices.
Professional Development (5%)
Contribute instructional design expertise by designing workshops for faculty and staff.
Present learning design innovations at leading educational conferences.
Master’s degree in education, instructional design, educational technology, or information science
5+ years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience)
Demonstrated vision and passion for creating learning experiences that place a high value on diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
Deep understanding of learning theories, instructional design methods, and learner-centered design principles
Demonstrated expertise in applying a learner-centered approach to course design
Demonstrated expertise in assessing course outcomes and making recommendations for improvement and iteration
Experience working in curriculum design teams in higher education settings
Experience using learning management systems and online education platforms (e.g., Canvas, Coursera, and edX)
Demonstrated experience and interest in working in a team environment
Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy, and service-oriented attitude
Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Demonstrated problem-solving ability
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
Doctorate degree in education, instructional design, educational technology, or information science
Experience communicating to diverse audiences through a variety of modalities
Experience writing and presenting research proposals for academic and practitioner-focused conferences
Experience teaching in an online or professional education environment or in a higher education environment
Skills in visual communication and user experience design
Skills in developing web-based interactives
Skills in reviewing third party tools and modifying courses for accessible design.
Skills in integrating open educational resources, multimedia, simulations, and video into course design and delivery.
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/ .
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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