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UWC² has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Instructional Designer to join their Academic Excellence (AE) team. The Senior Instructional Designer is responsible for developing, maintaining, delivering, and evaluating formal online and multi-format educational programs and courses for the general public. This individual utilizes instructional design knowledge and skills to collaborate with University and community faculty who are content experts in their field. This position requires instructional technology skills to provide faculty and administrators with a clear perspective about the options for delivering online courses.
This position provides full-scope ADDIE/Instructional Design support without guidance from management. A successful candidate must have the ability to train faculty regarding online learning environments, must have project management skills, and be able to provide pedagogical support for content and curriculum.
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION
Work directly with faculty to define educational needs, design course specifications and analyze various options to meet instructional goals of course development projects; participate actively and influence the direction of formal project teams; establish production schedules.
Lead and/or direct work of other instructional design or technical staff.
In collaboration with UW Continuum College Program Managers, University and community faculty, identify audiences and needs; determine learning outcomes, design learning assessments, design learning activities, write text, and create simple graphics and tables for units of instruction for publication in Web-based learning management systems; handle various assignments or project tasks increasing in complexity.
Advise program managers, advisory boards, faculty and department chairs about the design of online and hybrid degrees, programs and courses, including technologies to support production and deployment.
Prepare instructional materials for publication and deployment on University websites, ensuring consistency of style, design, accessibility, and learner-centered focus; involve or coordinate others in developing procedures to accommodate changes for new initiatives or improvements.
Chair meetings of online course development teams for degrees, programs and courses.
Plan or initiate improvement ideas that extend beyond the scope or control of current assignments.
Participate in taskforces; may serve on Continuum College or University-wide committees.
Research advances in course authoring tools and technologies.
Provide pedagogical and technical assistance to developers and instructors using selected tools for creation of online course content.
Develop documentation for students, faculty, and staff related to online and multi-format degrees, programs and courses offered through various learning technologies. Design and conduct training sessions as necessary.
Prepare weekly and/or monthly reports on projects, assignments, and tasks.
May participate in grant or research projects.
Coordinate with other departments to ensure clear communication; review documentation developed by other departments to ensure consistency of information to students, instructors and developers; modify documentation and training materials as necessary.
Contribute to the overall department goal, mission, and administration by participating in weekly planning meetings, regular staff meetings, and working actively with department staff to keep them informed and seek their input.
Performs other duties as deemed necessary by the Director.
REQUIRED Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Education or related field AND three years of relevant work experience to include:
Excellent writing, editing and documentation skills.
Experience in the analysis, design, development, deployment and evaluation of online learning materials using digital media, eLearning authoring tools, and emerging learning technology.
Familiarity with university-level curricula and traditional instructional methods and goals.
Proven ability to effectively manage projects
Experience creating Web-based interactive instructional materials and creating online courses.
Experience teaching in a formal educational setting.
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