The Instructional Designer will manage the design and development of a portfolio of complex face-to-face, online and/or blended courses for a growing suite of rigorous programs offered across a variety of disciplines and audiences at the School of Professional Studies. Under the supervision of the Director of Instructional Design, the Instructional Designer will collaborate closely with faculty members and will be central to the design/development process in conjunction with media specialists, live events specialists, and academic technologists, as the team works to clearly articulate the goals, assessments, activity paths, learning objects and content for each new course. The Instructional Designer will also identify the pedagogical best practices and supporting educational technologies needed to effectively execute course mission. This position will oversee end-to-end development of courses during each design cycle. Additionally, under the supervision of the Director of Instructional Design, and or the Senior Instructional Designer, the Instructional Designer will collaborate closely with academic directors and senior leadership at the school in new program development, curricular renovation, and the design of hybrid and online courses.
Partner with faculty, academic directors to develop course outcomes and clearly articulate the course objectives, requirements, and assessment criteria for face-to-face, online and hybrid courses; design instructional approaches appropriate for the course outcomes and requirements that fully leverage the benefits of the modality; collaborate with educational technologists to analyze the educational technologies (native to the SPS platform or ancillary) to support the instructional approach
Collaborate with media specialists to design a media strategy in support of the program and course-level outcomes; collaborate with platform and webinar support specialists to troubleshoot technical problems and brainstorm creative solutions for the delivery of live sessions
Develop the course map or activity path (the course "design theory"); deliver the course syllabus, schedule and instructional design "blueprint"; review and revise syllabi for new and existing programs based on feedback from the Academic Excellence Committee; build high-quality courses in Canvas and the MTP platform
Oversee the course development project to make sure that the work of course development toward project milestones maintains the integrity of the initial design blueprint; outline the major milestones of course production and assign team roles/responsibilities and coordinate tasks assigned to other C+I team members
Meet regularly with program leadership and support staff to diagnose the course design and redevelopment needs relative to a program's growth and trajectory; work with program leadership to ensure compliance with school and academic policies; ensures the timely and successful launch of high quality courses
Conduct Quality Matters course reviews and offer recommendations for improvement; participate in course authentication and approves final versions for readiness to "go live"; review course analytics on a regular cycle to assess course design theories as they play out over time, to identify creative solutions for course improvements, and to recommend need for revision (re-entry into the development cycle); assist faculty in considering and implementing in-flight changes to pilot version courses
Work with Academic Directors and the Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction to define programmatic goals and course sequences; work with the Director of Instructional Design to ensure a strategy for course design and development prior to program launch
Participate in faculty development initiatives designed to improve faculty preparedness in course design, delivery, and assessment; participate in strategic initiatives to drive innovation and operationalize quality at scale; research and disseminate best practices contributing to innovations in teaching and learning with technology
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned or requested
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