Metropolitan State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, and recipient of the 2019 Insight Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award is seeking to hire a Flexible Options Online Instructional Designer. This is a full-time fixed term position within the Institute for Professional Development and the IT Center of Excellence.
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Temporary
This position exists to develop learning experiences that ensure participants in MinnState courses and training programs have a quality learning experience that aligns with the desired learning outcomes and drives them to take additional MinnState courses or recommend them to others.
Under limited supervision, provide instructional design expertise and project management to instructors and subject matter experts in the design, selection, and/or development of appropriate instructional content, methods, materials, and delivery systems of flexible course modules for credit, non-credit, and customized training.
Design could include researching customer usability, developing evaluation instruments, and creating/modifying activities for virtual, asynchronous online, synchronous high-flex or hybrid learning.
Partner and consult with instructors and subject matter experts to:
assess learner needs and situational factors; design goals and objectives, assessments, and activities to meet learner and institutional needs using current instructional design methods
develop and continuously improve courses and programs in support of web-enhanced and online instruction using a variety of tools that include but are not restricted to: eLearning authoring, collaboration tools, media, interactive case studies, low-fidelity simulations, and remote proctoring, with emphasis on curriculum design and the andragogy of teaching
generate work plans, course content, and learning objects for online and web-enhanced courses
Create training materials for online and web-enhanced courses and programs including: computer-based training materials, classroom training materials, quick reference guides, tutorials, templates, and other job aids along with developing a standardized process for flexible course module design
Work with a variety of staff to assist instructors with launching and managing courses.
Research and work with online learning team members to develop technology and process solutions that support development and delivery of online and web-enhanced courses.
Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the departments and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.
The following qualifications are required of all applicants seeking consideration for this position. Only applicants whose resumes clearly demonstrate fulfillment of each of these minimum qualifications will be considered for the position:
3 – 5 years of work experience as an instructional designer in on-line teaching environment.
3 – 5 years of work experience with an eLearning authoring system such as Adobe Captivate and/or Articulate Storyline
Experience working in e-learning platforms such as Desire2Learn Brightspace
Experience managing projects to completion within budget and time constraints in a virtual team environment
Experience leading stakeholders through coaching and educating on the need for quality course design
Demonstrated instructional design and development skills (e.g. portfolio, online examples) including: needs analysis, applied adult learning principles, systematic instructional design processes, graphic design and visual support, evaluation, and impact assessment
Experience applying the theory and practice of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation processes to develop online course modules
Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships with instructors and other subject matter experts and lead projects without authority
Knowledge of educational theory and best practices in online learner success
Experience with quality assessment tools and other data to guide the development and revision of online courses and programs
Physical Requirements of the Job:Light: Requires occasionally transporting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or transporting light objects frequently. The position may require movement throughout building(s) to a significant degree.
The University: Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State, is a public, urban university located in Twin Cities Metropolitan area. The University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead the Twin Cities community to a prosperous and equitable future. Recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, its employees serve approximately 11,000 students, two-thirds of whom are from communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college or are eligible for Pell grants. Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #21 out of 1380). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.
This position will be shared by two departments: The Metropolitan State University Institute for Professional Development (IPD) and the Minnstate IT Center of Excellence (ITCOE).
IPD is the continuing education and customized training arm of the university. The bulk of IPD’s work is in customized training where external organizations request training be designed for their current employees. This work is quite varied in topic requests, and the pace of requests and work flow are unpredictable. IPD does have some non-credit courses that it schedules and makes available for public registration. Continuing education course work flow provides a more predictable routine. See the website for more information on either of these products: www.MetroStateIPD.org
Both departments are entrepreneurial in nature focusing on the skills and knowledge Minnesota businesses desire for their future employees and creating or redesigning learning modules to address those needs. Since both departments ebb and flow based on business demands and analysis, fellow department members embrace the variety of people they collaborate with on short-term and long-term projects, see change as refreshing, and relish the creativity of the new and finding a path from problems to solutions for those we serve.
Salary Range: $30.59 – $45.36 per hour depending upon qualifications
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About Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University offers over 60 baccalaureate majors, 10 master?s degrees, and 2 doctoral programs. Founded in 1971, the university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is the only state university in the Twin Cities. It is a comprehensive urban university committed to meeting the higher education needs of those who live and work in the 13 county metropolitan area.With a strong tradition of individualized educational programs, we are fully committed to high-quality, affordable education for working adults. Faculty, staff and more than 11,000 full- and part-time students reflect the area?s rich diversity, provide a highly student-centered environment and demonstrate unwavering commitment to civic engagement.