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The School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for an Instructional Designer.
The purpose of the Instructional Designer position is to contribute educational design and technology expertise to the development of instructional content and experiences in medical student education. The School of Medicine curriculum emphasizes integration of basic science and clinical disciplines in a regionally distributed program across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). This ongoing transformation requires a major shift in the delivery methods and strategies used by our faculty to teach medical students. The Instructional Designer manages the design and development of integrated teaching and learning strategies for the School of Medicine and supports faculty in selecting the most appropriate technology for the instructional need. The Instructional Designer supports faculty in the development of teaching and learning objectives, provides guidance in using instructional technologies, develops web-based educational content, creates and conducts workshops and training programs, and participates in research and professional development activities. This position serves an important customer service role and facilitates critical communication between faculty and staff throughout the WWAMI region in designing instructional modules to meet learning objectives and facilitate the development of online learning content, including the implementation of online and in-class learning activities. The Instructional Designer reports primarily to the Director of Academic and Learning Technologies, with a secondary reporting line to the Director of Educator Development.
This position has frequent contact with the School’s academic and administrative leadership, including School of Medicine foundation phase block directors and faculty, clinical clerkship directors, regional deans, and staff to identify learning goals, measurable outcomes and objectives. Additionally, the Instructional Designer serves as a critical interface with the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Director of Academic and Learning Technologies, Director of Educational Evaluation for the SOM, the Foundations of Medical Science Assistant Deans based throughout the WWAMI region, SOM curriculum chairs, faculty (both based in Seattle and outside Seattle), and the medical students on any number of complicated curriculum design and delivery issues. This position requires a high degree of educational expertise, independent decision-making and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to prioritize many competing tasks from faculty and Dean’s Office staff. With the regional nature of the medical school, the Instructional Designer must be flexible, service-oriented and customer-focused, able to address questions, and negotiate solutions with regional and Seattle-based faculty across the WWAMI region in a professional, prompt and confidential manner. The position requires the ability to multitask, prioritize job responsibilities, and work effectively with faculty, students and staff.
Analysis, Design and Development:
Assess needs for asynchronous course material production and synchronous delivery modes. Recommend learning technologies that are appropriate to the teaching methods and course content, while working within the constraints of available SOM resources.
Provide faculty with strategies on the selection of teaching approaches that are appropriate to the learning objectives of the course and session.
Develop and maintain a variety of interactive eLearning modules designed to support innovative curriculum delivery, including programming, user interface design, testing, and deployment.
Define the overall look, feel, and toolset to be used in educational media projects. Work with project sponsors and subject matter experts to define the appropriate target audience and messaging required. Work with subject matter experts and production team to ensure proper production techniques and delivery methods.
Write specifications, document data systems, and develop and run usability tests with faculty and students in accordance with user-centered design and instructional design methodologies.
Develop style guides and/or templates for faculty-created materials. Examples include PowerPoint presentations, syllabus documents, learning management system (LMS) content, etc.
Recommend technologies, facilities and delivery modes not currently in use that would enhance the overall effectiveness of the SOM curriculum.
Implementation, Evaluation and Project Management:
Collaborate with Curriculum staff to manage course planning and logistics related to instructional design. Consult with other technical staff to resolve technical issues reported by faculty and students.
Guide and support faculty in the design and delivery of technology-enhanced active learning sessions for both preclinical courses and clerkships.
Analyze data from evaluations and make recommendations about updating and improving curricula and content, including eLearning solutions.
Serving as the eLearning development project manager, establish timelines, meet project milestones, communicate issues and risks in a timely manner, and manage internal stakeholder expectations.
Assist the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the Director of Educator Development in designing and developing online modules for delivery to faculty throughout the WWAMI region.
Train and support faculty in the development of educational materials to enhance the teaching and learning experience for preparation in blended or flipped classroom exercises and other modes of active and self-directed learning.
Develop and deliver online and in-person faculty development resources and workshops on instructional design methods, technology selection, blended learning, flipped classroom exercises, and other modes of active and self-directed learning.
Collaborate with Academic & Learning Technologies colleagues and others to develop online and in-person training on specific learning technologies. Examples include learning management systems, video capture and editing packages, mobile device platforms for learning, and other specific software packages.
Deep understanding of adult learning principles and concepts.
Experience with synchronous and asynchronous educational technologies and active learning teaching strategies. Examples include learning management, curriculum management, curriculum authoring tools, content standards (e.g., SCORM or xAPI), assessment tools, webconferencing/videoconferencing, and in-class interactive systems.
Ability to work with Adobe Creative Suite applications (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, etc.) to create and edit images, edit HTML, develop animations, etc.
Experience with faculty development and change management principles.
Ability to develop project timelines with clear deliverables by various team members.
Ability to prepare and provide clear, concise and complete verbal and written information at a level appropriate to the audience.
Ability to interpret and communicate to others complex policies and procedures.
Demonstrated experience working in large, highly structured environments.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity.
Ability to handle confidential information responsibly.
Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships and effectively address complex and sensitive administrative issues.
Proven track record in exercising discretion and independent judgment effectively in decision-making processes.
Ability to work across multiple levels of an organization to achieve results.
Proven expertise with spreadsheets, word processing and databases in a Windows environment.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Educational background in life science disciplines.
3-4 years higher education experience in curriculum or in educational program management.
Experience in the methods and systems of project management and continuous quality improvement is highly desirable.
Experience working with life science content areas.
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