Instructional Designer - Two Positions Available

Mississippi, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 01, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Delta State University

Instructional Designer - Two Positions Available

Position Type: Staff

Department: Office of Information Technology

Posting Number: 201201060

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Tenure/Non-Tenure: Non-Tenure Track

Salary Basis: 12 month

Success in this role requires advanced understanding of digital instructional design, the online education industry and pedagogical trends, and learning management systems, platforms, and environments and their technical underpinnings; ability to quickly comprehend the academic and technical delivery needs of a course or program; ability to manage complex product development cycles and channels of work. This role also requires working with customers and stakeholders to develop solutions involving the use of computer systems, information flow and architecture; resolving and documenting business and user issues. A comprehensive understanding of the course lifecycle, academic environment, and student/customer experience is required.

  • Working closely with SMEs (Subject Matter Experts)/faculty and academic stakeholders, applies advanced professional instructional design and technology skills to create highly complex online course designs, map learning objectives / outcomes to create performance data, apply programming knowledge or use technical tools to enable delivery of user behavior data related to interactive learning activities.

  • In collaboration with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Instructional Designers build out finalized design and layout for online.

  • Working closely with SMEs/faculty and academic stakeholders to determines methods for delivery of course content and advocates technology tools and creative processes that advances student engagement and academic learning.

  • Working closely with OIT, media team and SMEs/Faculty, creates multimedia content, including interactive learning activities, video or audio components.


  • Participate in the internal review process of new and existing online courses.
  • Assist faculty in the development or revision of their online courses to meet Quality Matters (QM) or other national standards.
  • Provide one-on-one and small group training and assistance to faculty.
  • Provide resources, templates, or other materials to help faculty with course design and teaching online.
  • Provide writing or editing assistance to faculty for their online courses as needed.
  • Consults with the Learning Technology Director to establish detailed schedules for individual or multiple courses within a program, and over-sees production.
  • Provides support and implementation for testing content and tools to meet ADA requirements, research and document copyright for embedded media and other non-faculty-created content.
  • Monitors course progress during instructional term and resolves issues with faculty and teaching assistants and others.
  • In consultation with the Academic departments and instructors, the Instructional Designer ensures the technical accuracy and understandability of online content by providing timely and accurate troubleshooting for any course delivery issues.
  • Identifies and triages technical and logistical issues within live online courses through internal ticketing system and the course maintenance queue.
  • Helps academic stakeholders, instructors and students troubleshoot issues they encounter while using supported software and platforms.
  • Works in a collaborative manner with other instructional designers, OIT, media team, faculty/SMEs, instructors and academic stakeholders and demonstrates diplomacy and tact in all communications.
  • Works in a collaborative manner with others in a diverse environment and at all levels in the organization to prioritize work assignments, conduct analysis, and develop recommendations.
  • Keeps current with accessibility issues, compatibility issues, and emerging technologies as appropriate for online learning materials and management systems.

    Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

    • Advanced knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including needs analysis, backwards design, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches including lecture, discussion, activities, projects, etc.
    • Advanced knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning.
    • Advanced understanding of business strategies and market priorities related to online learning and achievement of organizational goals.
    • Advanced knowledge and skills with relevant business software systems and content creation tools.
    • Advanced knowledge of applying adult learning theories and education methodologies in creative ways.
    • Thorough knowledge to conduct appropriate job and task analyses in the context of instructional design of technical or specialized training.
    • Advanced ability to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organizational and problem-solving skills.
    • Advanced analytical, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, collaboration and negotiation skills.
    • Advanced knowledge of organization policies and procedures, including policies that impact online course development.
    • Advanced knowledge of e-learning strategies including but not limited to courses (e.g., processes and technologies, etc.).
    • Expert level skills in application of planning, resourcing and monitoring of effective design life cycles of training and other learning and performance solutions to support the organization.

    12 monthCommensurate with experience, qualifications, and university’s resources.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Additional Information:

    Open Date: 09/01/2020

    Close Date:

    Open Until Filled: Yes

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    Delta State University is committed to a policy of equal employment and educational opportunity. Delta State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University.