The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Michigan has long been at the forefront of innovative teaching and online education. We are seeking an Instructional Designer to join our creative and talented instructional support team. The role and responsibility of this position is to apply expertise in the science of learning to the creation and iteration of online, hybrid, and residential learning experiences, and to enable innovative learning design approaches across SPH, the University of Michigan community, and beyond. This position will report to the Instructional Design Lead] and work closely with the Director of Online Programs, as well as with colleagues at the U-M Office of Academic Innovation.
This position will contribute to the creation of high quality educational experiences. The role and responsibility of this position is to lead, guide, support, and collaborate closely with faculty in the course design process, using pragmatic, evidence-based, learner-centered design approaches, and to propose solutions for complex challenges in online, hybrid, and residential learning environments. The role is a key contributor in expanding the capabilities of SPH to achieve our vision of expanding SPH’s educational offerings, including new online degree programs. By leading the design process using expertise in the science of learning, the Instructional Designer plays a key role in supporting course teams to incorporate established practices and learning theories in the development of new courses and the transformation of existing courses. This position is a three-year term position to support the launch of the new online degree of master of population and health sciences and other new programs and initiatives.
The ideal candidate for this position has first-hand teaching experience, has experience in instructional design in higher education, has worked in a multidisciplinary team environment, and has a desire to explore and research how design practices and technology can be used to improve and transform education.
Design and Development
Collaborate with faculty, instructional designers, graphic designers, media specialists, and researchers to design and evaluate high-quality online, hybrid, and residential courses
Help faculty identify, write, or refine learning goals and desired course outcomes
Apply a range of evidence-based design methods and learning theories to learner-centered course design
Review course design decisions to ensure that lectures, activities, and resources are appropriately aligned with learning goals and desired course outcomes
Consult with, and provide feedback to, faculty on the assessment creation
Seek and propose technical or innovative solutions to pedagogical design challenges
Provide course teams and faculty partners with relevant and inspirational examples that can serve to spark ideas and creative solutions
Spotlight important design considerations, such as creating materials that are accessible to learners with disabilities or global learners
Work collaboratively with U-M copyright and accessibility experts, design teams, faculty, and contractors to ensure that the digital content developed for online courses complies with relevant policies and laws
Create documentation and graphic organizers to guide faculty in creation and refinement of materials and assessments that will become part of the learning experience
Provide feedback to course design teams on consistency and appropriateness of course content and presentation
Characterize the pedagogical design of a course and make research- and evidence-based recommendations for iteration and improvement
Interview/survey instructors and learners to understand needs
Analyze interview and survey data to inform course improvements and iterations
Develop methods and tools to assess the efficacy of our instructional designs
Present learning design innovations at leading educational conferences
Contribute instructional design expertise by designing workshops for faculty and staff
Develop templates, checklists, and guidelines
Contribute to growth and development of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through U-M collaborations and innovation
Bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, instructional design, educational technology, information science, or related field and three to five years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience).
3-5 years of experience teaching in K-12 or higher education, or online settings
Deep understanding of learning theories, instructional design methods, and learner-centered principles
Demonstrated experience, vision, and passion for creating learning experiences that place a high value on diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
Demonstrated expertise in assessing project outcomes and making recommendations for improvement and iteration
Experience using online education platforms (e.g., Canvas, Coursera, and EdX) for personal or professional purposes
Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy, and service-oriented attitude
Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Doctorate degree in education, instructional design, educational technology, information science, or related field
Experience writing and presenting research proposals for academic and practitioner-focused conferences
This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
NOTE: This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
NOTE: This is a three-year, term-limited position.
Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.
Michigan Public Health is seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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