The George Mason University, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for an Instructional Designer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University is currently seeking an Instructional Designer to work across various programs and disciplines. The Instructional Designer is responsible for working collaboratively with faculty, Subject Matter Experts (SME), and cross-departmental stakeholders in the conceptualization, design, development, and on-time delivery of high-quality courses and learning experiences. The Instructional Designer plays an active role in decisions related to learning design, ensuring that experiences meet the specifications of the degree program and adhering to institutional expectations for rigor, quality, and scalability. Additional duties include working directly with Mason faculty and staff to create professional development opportunities to support effective online teaching and learning. This position reports to the Director for Digital Learning.
Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm with flexibility to meet business demands as needed.
Design and develop high-quality, scalable online learning experiences in collaboration with academic stakeholders and subject matter experts, managing the schedule and quality of each development project and associated deliverables;
Provide first-line support to instructors as they develop content for online course materials;
Collaborate with project managers, academic technologists, content architects, editors, and other key stakeholders across George Mason University and its partners to conceptualize learning experiences in various environments and delivery models;
Create high-quality and valid assessment plans and artifacts to assess evidence of learning for both formative and summative performances to maximize learner understanding and retention of content;
Source/create dynamic content to ensure learners remain engaged and courses see minimal attrition;
Review and update existing instructor-led and online content and curate the most relevant content to be included in the course;
Conduct detailed need assessments with faculty to determine learning needs and partner with SMEs to develop outlines, scripts, scenarios, storyboards, and simulations for online courses;
Work closely within Design Teams to develop facilitator guides, PowerPoints, online resources, websites, and handouts for all training delivery channels;
Research, design, and develop relevant, engaging, effective and highly creative learning solutions that incorporate instructional design best practices and push the boundaries of available technologies to deliver the best possible solution that is consistent with GMU's needs and strategies;
Make informed recommendations on changes and adjustments to learning experiences using performance data, and instructor/student feedback as required.
Team Development Duties:
Maintain current competencies and familiarity with research related to best-practices in instructional design, adult education, and emerging technology, and share such knowledge with faculty and others across Mason to provide appropriately grounded information on engaging, instructional strategies;
Develop and/or conduct professional-development opportunities, lab/equipment orientations, and self-guided tutorials on equipment, applications, databases, and related systems; write user documentation, user guides, instructor guides, and training outlines;
Provide consulting services to faculty and staff on course redesign and implementing evaluation procedures to assess effectiveness of different technologies in the teaching/learning process, leveraging the resources and staff of the University Libraries, Assistive Technology Initiative, and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence as collaborators as appropriate.
Master's degree in Education, Instructional Technology, Educational Media, Instructional Systems Design or a related field;
2-3 years professional work experience providing instructional design support to faculty in the area of best practices for teaching (face to face, blended, fully distance/online delivery) and designing instructional materials;
Experience working with faculty to develop face-to-face, blended, and fully online courses;
Demonstrated success in an academic or training environment in the development of instructional projects using multimedia applications, emerging technologies, and/or distributed/distance technologies;
Experience supporting faculty in their use of learning management systems;
Experience using learning management systems, visual presentation software, online collaboration tools, and web authoring tools to create online learning environments;
Experience in higher education setting and ability to work in a university environment;
Conversant in adult-centered pedagogy to support learning;
Conversant in strategies for formative and summative assessment;
Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines, simultaneously;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Experience with cloud-based tools such as Office 365 or G-Suite.
Experience working with faculty members and departments to develop fully online programs;
Expertise collaborating in an agile development team;
Experience applying performance and other key learning data to course re-design and quality assurance;
Demonstrated high degree of independence and initiative;
Experience with Blackboard Learn;
Experience with e-learning authoring tools such as Articulate 360, Rise 360, and Adobe Captivate;
Experience with basic HTML5 and Adobe Creative Cloud;
Familiarity with instructional technologies, including tool adoption, piloting, and training.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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