Instructional Designer for Online Programs
Department: Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership - 02008
Locations: Albany, NY
Posted: Jan 26, 2023
Closes: Feb 9, 2023 - 11:59 PM EST
Ref. No.: P23-24195p
Position ID: 158275
About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University
of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in
undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a
diverse student body of approximately 17,000 students in nine schools and
colleges across three campuses.
Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is
convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.
An Instructional Designer's primary role is to guide and assist faculty in
designing, developing, and building high-quality online courses for the
University at Albany's online program. The goal of this work is to support the
University's educational mission and the growth of online programs. The
Instructional Designer will work with faculty to ensure that online courses
are designed to ensure effective, evidence-based teaching practices.
Provide one-on-one support for faculty who are designing online or blended
courses for fully online programs, collaborating with other units as
The instructional designer serves as the primary consulting contact for faculty teaching in fully online programs. This will require them to work with a culturally diverse population of faculty and graduate student instructors to prepare them to design and build quality online courses for a diverse population of students.
Develop (or curate), publish, and/or present information articulating
best practices for online instruction
The instructional designer will be responsible for developing or curating materials that could be used by online faculty outside the consultative setting. This includes publishing print and web-based information about best practices in online teaching and presenting workshops focused on specific teaching practices that lead to student success and retention.
Develop (or curate), publish, and/or present information that addresses
technical and logistical issues related to online instruction
The instructional designer will be responsible for developing or curating materials on the logistics of online instruction, including effective use of the Learning Management System and other technologies that are conducive to effective teaching and learning in online courses and programs. This includes publishing print and web-based information about the effective use of learning technologies in online courses and presenting workshops and/or webinars about using technologies effectively in online courses.
Build and maintain a community of practice among UAlbany faculty who teach
The instructional designer will be responsible for ensuring that online faculty have structured opportunities to share their experiences and learn from each other. This may include activities like facilitating virtual or in-person meetings and sharing resources in a virtual space. This is an area for significant growth in online at UAlbany.
Ongoing Professional Development
The instructional designer must stay current in the field of online education in order to effectively consult with instructors, develop programming, and develop resources. This requires an investment of time in professional development including attending conferences in the field, researching trends and best practices, and maintaining fluency with both classic and current scholarship in the field of online higher education.
Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the US Dept.
of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
Minimum 2 years of progressively responsible or expansive work experience
in instructional design and/or instructional technology in a higher
Experience supporting faculty in a teaching/learning environment
Familiarity with theories of learning/instructional design and
understanding of pedagogical issues related to technology-enhanced
teaching and learning
Familiarity with instructional features of Desire2Learn's Brightspace
course management system or similar (e.g. Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard,
Excellent communication skills, including professional experience in the
development and delivery of presentations, workshops and/or trainings in
an educational setting
Ability to work with culturally diverse populations
Strong organization, time management, and communication abilities to carry
initiatives to success
Ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team
Understanding of multimedia tools in online teaching and learning, such as
Photoshop, Captivate, Camtasia, mobile apps, lecture/screen capture, and
Knowledge of universal design for accessible online courses and content
Ability to successfully initiate, organize, lead/manage, and complete
projects as part of a team
This is a promotional opportunity for current UAlbany employees.
Eligibility for Consideration:
You must be employed at the University at Albany campus.
You must be in a State-funded UUP professional position (MC employees are
You must have a permanent, term, or probationary appointment (temporary
employees are not eligible).
For details concerning the University's Promotion Policy for Professional
Employees, please see HR Memorandum 88-4.
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Instructional Support Technician, SL3
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Closing date for receipt of applications: February 9, 2023