Instructional Designer for Online Programs

University at Albany
February 09, 2023
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Instructional Designer for Online Programs

Category: Promotional Subscribe: Department: Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership - 02008 Locations: Albany, NY Posted: Jan 26, 2023 Closes: Feb 9, 2023 - 11:59 PM EST Type: Full-time 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.

Job Description:

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide one-on-one support for faculty who are designing online or blended courses for fully online programs, collaborating with other units as appropriate
  • 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 online courses
  • 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.
  • Requirements:

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 education setting
  • 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, etc.)
  • 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 video applications
  • 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
  • Additional Information:

    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 not eligible).
  • 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.

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    Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Contact information for three professional references
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    Closing date for receipt of applications: February 9, 2023

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