POSITION: A full-time, professional academic staff position is available in the College of Business Online Programs Team beginning February 19, 2024. The working title for this assignment is instructional designer with an official title of Teaching, Learning, and Technology Specialist III. This is a renewable assignment, contingent on performance and funding. The salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
- Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have experience in instructional design and/or curriculum development.
- Have experience with Canvas or a closely related product.
- Exhibit strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
- Be able to self-motivate, take initiative, and work well independently.
- Use Microsoft Office 365 programs proficiently.
- Exercise organization and attention to detail in all work.
- Exhibit flexibility and adaptability in dynamic work situations.
- Handle time-sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
- Demonstrate a commitment to creating inclusive work and learning environments.
- Hold a master's degree or higher in instructional design, educational technology, or curriculum development.
- Have experience with project management and using project management systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint.
- Have experience using a WYSIWIG editor (such as Pages in Canvas) and basic knowledge of HTML.
- Have experience with online education, as an instructor or student.
- Use virtual meeting and presentation tools, such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom, proficiently.
- Apply accessibility considerations in online environments.
- Have experience working in higher education.
- Use Microsoft Office products proficiently, such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, and Teams.
Instructional designers are members of the Instructional Design and Online Course Support (iDocs) team and report to the managing director. The CoB Online Programs team works to design and deliver courses offered through the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium and UW System Undergraduate Business Alliance programs.
The CoB Online Programs team primarily works in a remote environment. Candidates must be work authorized in the United States. The team works in person on the UW-Eau Claire campus 2-3 times per year. On rare occasions there may be other days throughout the year that campus time is required, for example onboarding a new employee or completing required professional development. Employees are welcome to work on campus more often if desired. A typical workday consists of eight hours worked primarily between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. although we offer a great deal of flexibility; your typical daily schedule will be agreed upon in advance with the supervisor. As a service department, we have a great deal of both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration within our team and externally with program stakeholders. We facilitate this collaboration primarily using Microsoft Teams whether individuals are working on campus or remotely.
Instructional designers manage course development or revision projects while collaborating with subject matter experts; manage, maintain, and support courses; provide professional development for our instructors; and participate in professional development to enhance job-related skills. In our environment, instructional designers partner with instructors to provide indepth consultation and co-develop course materials. As many of the instructors for our collaborative programs are not in Eau Claire, meetings often occur remotely through Teams and much communication occurs via email, making the ability and willingness to build relationships virtually important attributes of our instructional designers.
Course Revision, Development, and Project Management
1. Manage and guide revision and development projects, including setting and following the schedule, providing resources and templates, meeting regularly, coordinating team projects, and documenting and communicating progress with program leadership.
2. Partner with instructors or subject matter experts to develop new courses or revise existing online courses that provide engaging, effective learning experiences which meet program needs and course design standards.
3. Guide course developers using instructional design methods such as backward design; continually confirm alignment among learning objectives, assessments, and instructional materials.
4. Ensure course materials are clear, consistent, and optimized for the online environment during course revision and development projects.
5. Ensure compliance with copyright, Fair Use, and Section 504/508 accessibility regulations.
6. Build courses in Canvas and create course elements based on materials shared by instructors including assignments, discussions, quizzes, rubrics, and syllabi.
7. Enhance material in Canvas using basic HTML code for program branding, formatting for readability, and adding images.
8. Develop multimedia learning materials in collaboration with instructors as appropriate, such as interactive learning objects using Articulate Storyline.
Course Maintenance and Quality Management
1. Ensure the learning environment prioritizes the principles of inclusivity and belonging.
2. Advocate for and implement strategies for increasing academic integrity in online learning environments.
3. Follow a standardized course creation and quality assurance check process for assigned courses each term.
4. Document changes that occur in courses over time and communicate needs for larger revisions with program leadership to ensure workload balance and alignment with program goals.
Training, Technology, and Program Support
1. Provide consultation, training, and/or support for learning technology tools and platforms for instructors of assigned courses.
2. Assist with providing basic training and technical support to learners while courses are active.
3. Onboard instructors new to our online programs or new to a specific course.
4. Assist with onboarding activities for new COB Online Staff Team members, especially new instructional designers.
5. Continually assess instructor needs for professional development and contribute to the development and maintenance of professional development resources as appropriate. Resources may include our blog, email newsletter, written and video documentation, online training courses, and in-person professional development.
6. Promote best practices to online instructors for using Canvas tools as a means for providing student feedback and establishing instructor presence during their courses.
7. Analyze, test, and provide feedback regarding new technology tools to evaluate how they may be advantageous to the online programs.
8. Review and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data to make data-informed decisions that impact program effectiveness.
9. Remain up to date with changes in supported technologies and strategies for teaching and learning online.
10. Work with UW-Eau Claire and UW-System educational technology and instructional design staff to remain current on updates and known issues related to shared technologies, as well as upcoming instructional design and educational technology initiatives.
11. Participate in professional development opportunities that align with individual and university level training and development goals.
12. Enhance the quality of work life for all staff.
13. Perform other duties as assigned.
THE UNIT: Eleven staff members comprise the CoB Online Programs team and oversee operations for the UW MBA Consortium and Undergraduate Business Alliance programs. These programs are managed by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus but are offered in collaboration with several other UW System schools. Our team is student-focused, detail-oriented, creative, curious, and empathetic. We are problem-solvers, project leaders, critical thinkers, sounding boards, techies, and lifelong learners. Our values include inclusion, flexibility, teamwork, excellence, and balance.
UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. To learn more about UWEC, visit https://www.uwec.edu/human-resources/employment-opportunities/.
The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: https://www.uwec.edu/job-postings/. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the College of Business Online Programs: Instructional Designer position (Job ID #20397) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached, and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:
- Letter of application
- Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- Names and contact information for three references.
Please direct requests for additional information to: Ms. Cyndi Bergman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by January 2, 2024. However, screening may continue until the position is filled.
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