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Learning Technology Spec

Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona (US)
Depends on experience
Date posted
Mar 29, 2024

Job Details

Learning Technology Spec

Arizona State University

Journalism & Mass Comm

Campus: Downtown Phoenix



Job Description

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University—one of the nation’s premier mass communication schools—is seeking an Instructional Technologist to ensure the successful delivery of its courses. Focusing on immersion (in-person) courses with some work in online courses and continuing/executive education, the instructional technologist will champion our LMS (Canvas) and other learning technologies, working with faculty to design seamless learning experiences and innovative course content. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, proactive, collaborative Canvas master who is passionate about implementing objective-based learning experiences.


Salary Range

Depends on experience


Close Date



Essential Duties

  • Collaboratively plan, design, develop and revise for-credit course environments and course materials within Canvas to meet University and department standards.
  • Champion the use of Canvas across all courses, and serve as the primary Canvas knowledge resource.
  • Manage and update Canvas Blueprints and other course templates and knowledge bases.
  • Identify and communicate contextual best practices for applying teaching and learning theories to curriculum design.
  • Coordinate with the academic assessment liaison to ensure effective assessment data collection and optimize for student success.
  • Maintain and expand face-to-face and online faculty training, workshop and seminar offerings.
  • Develop training materials including online tutorials and other multimedia materials to assist faculty with instructional design principles and the use of online teaching and learning tools.
  • Collaborate and build relationships with faculty, working in tandem with instructors to unite their expertise with learning technology, pedagogy and curriculum.
  • Champion accessibility and ensure ADA compliance across course materials.
  • Recommend effective and creative use of technologies to enhance instruction and create new and inclusive learning environments.
  • Seek and maintain current knowledge on emerging technologies that have potential value for online teaching and learning.
  • Apply best practices in content development, image and video editing and presentation tools to develop custom products to meet user needs.
  • Provide technology support for online teaching and learning products used by faculty, students and staff.
  • Liaise with ASU instructional technology, instructional design and IT teams.



Minimum Qualifications

Associates degree in Technology, Instructional Design, Communications, or closely related AND two (2) years web content, graphic design or electronic publishing; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in designing, developing, implementing and revising for-credit in-person or online course environments and course materials, ideally in higher education
  • Mastery of the Canvas learning management system, including Blueprints and course templates
  • Experience in applying learning theories to the practice of online course design and development
  • Experience in designing, developing, and delivering workshops and training
  • Experience in designing and developing training materials, including job aids, online tutorials, and other multimedia materials
  • Experience in project management (managing time, establishing priorities, distributing responsibilities, meeting milestones and deliverables)
  • Experience in researching and resolving technology issues
  • Experience integrating best practices in inclusive learning design, especially in serving students with disabilities
  • Evidence of effective communication in visual, oral and written forms
  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic assessment practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of journalism, media and/or mass communication
  • Evidence of a Master's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, or a related area


Working Environment


Our office is located at 555 North Central Ave., Phoenix.

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Communicate to perform essential functions
  • Use standard office equipment including, but not limited to computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals


Department Statement

The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier journalism programs. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake—accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity—the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the digital media world of today and tomorrow.


Located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, the School has 70 full-time faculty members, more than 100 full-time professional staff and annual resources of more than $40 million.

Nearly 2,500 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are enrolled at Cronkite, preparing for careers in journalism, strategic media and related communications fields. Of the undergraduate residential student population, more than 60 percent come from out-of-state and more than 37 percent identify as students of color. The retention rate consistently exceeds 90 percent, and Cronkite students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions.


The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education, for which it has received international acclaim. Cronkite offers 15 different full-immersion professional programs in which students work in intensive, real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty. The programs enable students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom, producing news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation.


The Cronkite faculty is made up of award-winning professional journalists, strategic communications specialists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite professors include five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, digital media thought leaders, top TV producers and correspondents, major metropolitan newspaper editors and strategic communications experts.


ASU Statement


Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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