The Instructional Designer/Technologist manages large-scale instructional innovation projects, namely adaptive learning projects, from initiation through design and development and implementation. These projects are mission-critical and directly related to student success in STEM areas of high need to shorten time to degree and reduce DFW rates in large enrollment courses, particularly as part of the Math Pathways Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). This essential position will collaborate with faculty and other instructional staff in building out mass-scale course projects for the university and for the UNC system partner universities, including the development of content, curriculum structure, and instructional technique.
Specifically, the position provides project oversight and coordination across multiple departments and units, including faculty, other instructional designers/technologists, stakeholders from leadership in partner units at the university and other UNC schools, graduate assistants, working as a team for design, development, revision, management, and scaling up of multiple adaptive learning projects.
Instructional in nature, these duties are associated with the regular academic and educational experiences provided by the university, are uniquely supportive of those academic and educational experiences and involve significant and independent interaction with participants in the university's instructional and educational program.
This is an advanced role in an Instructional Design and Technology position to plan, design, and implement academic technology and/or innovative approaches that directly support faculty effectiveness in instructional design and delivery for student success, chiefly in the major personalized and adaptive learning projects and initiatives for student success. This position requires an advanced degree in a teaching or instructional design-related field and teaching experience in higher education. Given the need to continually advance and promote the use of mixed teaching methodologies that incorporate the use of technology to not only enhance traditional classroom-based instruction but also broaden the basis for online and blended/hybrid courses, this position involves engaging with faculty, departments, and partner units across the university in multiple ways for course design and delivery, implementation, and evaluation.
This position provides project management, oversight, and coordination across multiple departments and units, working as a team for the design, development, revision, management, and scaling up of multiple large-scale course redesign learning projects. This will include planning and coordination for these strategic initiatives, supporting and fostering learning innovation, promoting systems thinking and design thinking for faculty and student success, and leading the design and redesign of learning environments and instructional systems. The work involves a highly complex chain of functions requiring strong consultancy skills in fostering change and the ability to execute and deliver results. The position requires that a substantial proportion of the work commitment is devoted to instructional activities and the direction of educational/academic support activities.
The Instructional Designer/Technologist position is an advanced role for digital innovation and strategic projects in personalized and adaptive learning. The position includes functions on curriculum development, implementation, and support; educational technology management; data analytics, faculty development, and performance support, and capacity building and stakeholder engagement. As such, the position requires significant project management skills for strategic instructional initiatives, architecting the use and support of instructional technology, functioning as a data learning analyst, and acting as a pedagogical consultant for learning innovation, particularly with personalized and adaptive learning and other innovative approaches for faculty and student success. The ID/T position also requires advanced skills in consultation, support, and training for technology-based instructional systems as well as providing expertise in the use of academic technologies, instructional design, and best practices in teaching and learning. This will include planning, implementing, promoting, managing, and evaluating the changes associated with learning environments and instructional systems. The position requires that a substantial proportion of the work commitment is devoted to instructional activities and the direction of educational/academic supportive activities for student success.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Requires a minimum of a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Technology, Instructional Design & Technology, Learning Design & Technology, or a comparable field; doctorate preferred.
Must have at least 4 years of related experience in a comparable role in Instructional Design & Technology in Higher Education or at least 2 years specialized experience in developing, teaching, or leading personalized and adaptive learning projects/curricula.
Must have the ability to manage complex projects with different stakeholders.
A strong knowledge of instructional systems design (ISD) methods, instructional strategies and methodologies, course design (face-to-face, hybrid, and online), instructional technologies, media selection/design, evaluation, learner analysis, learning theory. Must have knowledge regarding the appropriate hard and soft technologies and their applications used in redesign of courses for blended learning environments. Experience with academic enterprise instructional technologies required.
Strong knowledge of scholarship of teaching and learning and research design in the social sciences required.
Ability to use analytics tools for qualitative/quantitative analysis, data visualization, and learner analytics required.
Ability to provide constructive feedback and to work in a team-oriented environment required.
Must have the ability to organize programs, project plans, and documents responsive to stakeholder needs and goals.
Exceptional communications skills are required, in both writing and public speaking/presentation. Must be confident in leading instruction or instructional programming.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
Doctorate preferred in a closely related field.
Classroom teaching or training experience preferred. College teaching is preferred.
Experience providing support to faculty, trainers, or curriculum developers is desired.
4-9 years of experience in a higher education setting is preferred.
Experience in conducting educational research, including quantitative and qualitative research skills preferred.
Project management certification preferred
Learning analytics certification preferred
Experience with national, international, and government academic grants
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