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Instructional Designer

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Distance Education Programs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus)
Employment Type
Part Time
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Posted: November 9, 2021
Level: Part-Time
Hours: Part-Time, Up to 19 hours per week
Job Posting: COSC 21-11
Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, receiving priority consideration.


Charter Oak State College
55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain, CT 06053

Telecommuting and remote work arrangements are available at Charter Oak State College and are handled on a situational basis with the candidate.

Anticipated Start Date:

Fall 2021

Position Summary:

The Instructional Designer works with faculty and staff to provide instructional design and pedagogical support related to the development and re-development of online courses using Charter Oak State College’s (COSC’s) current instance of the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). While the IDC may be assigned to a single long-term project such as the development of a new bachelor’s or master’s degree, the IDC may also support instructional design efforts related to the Adult Virtual High School and external clients, as appropriate.

The IDC ensures that best practices and quality standards are employed for curriculum development and delivery of all online courses. The IDC performs other instructional design tasks under the direction of COSC ID staff. Incumbents must possess a proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years experience in online curriculum development and delivery.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:
  • Knowledge of ADA requirements for online learning; experience in online teaching and a passion for online learning, interface design, and educational technology.
  • Experience applying adult learning theory to course development and experience with course management systems, specifically, Blackboard Learning Management System.
  • Ability to use such tools as Web Authoring, Flash, HTML, graphic design, Photoshop, multimedia, and screen capture in course design.
  • Knowledge of high-impact practices and learner-centered pedagogy.
  • Strong project management skills: the ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment and to a variety of instructional methods, course facilitation techniques, and assessments to course development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong collaborative qualities as well as the ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms to faculty and students.
  • Excellent editorial skills, including the ability to edit and author (as needed) course content in a conversational tone. Ability to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Creative, practical problem-identification, problem-reporting, and problem-solving skills, including the application of those skills to the design and development of the final product.
  • Ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge of ADA requirements and WCAG 2.0 guidelines
  • Master’s Degree.
Example of Job Duties:

The Instructional Designer is responsible for the following:
  • Work with faculty on the development and redevelopment of online courses in line with the needs of the College in line with national quality standards and ADA requirements.
  • Project manage the course design, development, and production process.
  • Troubleshoot challenges encountered in the delivery of online learning environments.
  • Advice on instructional design methods for achieving desired learning outcomes.
  • Provide faculty development to foster best practices for online course development and teaching.
  • Coach faculty in the use of our course management system and other supported tools.
  • Provide feedback to faculty on newly developed courses and courses redesigns.
  • Design and facilitate innovative workshops (on the ground and virtually) e.g., social media, mobile learning, and cloud computing.
  • Contribute creative ideas and solutions for enhancing teaching and learning.
  • Create learning resources and activities for a diverse population of online students.
  • Research emerging educational technologies for online teaching and learning; o Develop an active research approach to understand and implement methods that positively affect student learning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
This posting includes qualifications, experience, and skills but is not limited to the full duties and responsibilities that are stated within the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Starting Salary:

$40.45 p/h.

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Prior to extending an offer of employment, the finalists for state employees must prove that they (1 )are fully vaccinated against COVID-19; (2) have received the first dose and has either received a second dose or have an appointment for the second dose in a two-dose series vaccination, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or has received a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine; or (3) have applied for an exemption from this requirement because a physician, physician’s assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse has determined that the administration of COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be detrimental to their health, or the finalist objects to vaccination on the basis of a sincerely held religious or spiritual belief. Each application for an exemption will be considered on an individualized, case-by-case basis, and any applicant for an exemption must provide appropriate supporting documentation if requested. Executive Order

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Director of Equal Employment Opportunity


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