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Instructional Designer

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The College of Social Sciences is developing two new programs: (a) the Bachelor of Science in Social Work; and (b) the Master of Science in Social Work. We will be building 47 courses using several social work subject matter experts. We require the assistance of two temporary Instructional Designers to join us in the major and exciting undertaking.

Under minimal supervision, this position has responsibility for project management and product design associated with needs assessment, development, and evaluation of academic programs. This includes creating and managing work plans of designated curriculum development projects to ensure that goals and/or objectives of projects are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.


The primary accountabilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Incumbents may perform all or most of the primary accountabilities listed below. Specific tasks or responsibilities will be documented in the incumbents performance objectives as outlined by the incumbents immediate supervisor or manager.
1. Conducts needs analysis to identify and evaluate gaps and needs as requested by clients. Designs, develops, and reviews course materials to ensure the usage of sound instructional design principles. Ensures course materials are consistent and meet program, college, University and professional standards.
2. Conducts formative and summative course and program evaluation. This includes developing assessment and measurement instruments, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and managing activities related to peer review, beta testing, and prototyping of instructional materials and courses.
3. Reviews and evaluates vendor and externally developed learning materials and courses.
4. Conveys University and program policies, practices, philosophies, and standards. May also profile program target markets to subject matter experts (SMEs).
5. Communicates and contributes to the awareness of sound instructional design principles, policies, and procedures throughout the organization.
6. Assists campus personnel with needs assessment and programming strategies for regional and local markets as needed or requested.
7. Manages document design and related issues in a variety of delivery systems, which includes classroom, online, directed study, and web-based environment, or any combination of these delivery systems.
8. Maintains a professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional society


May include instruction and direction of others as their functions relate to respective projects.


Masters degree required. Degree related to Instructional Design/Technology strongly preferred (WIU) Progressively responsible experience in a business and/or in a project management role performing instructional and product design activities, as described above (WIU) Master¿s degree or higher in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, or Educational Technology required (UOPX). 2-3 years of experience performing in an instructional design role preferred (UOPX) Must possess robust knowledge of learning theory, instructional design theory, adult learning theory, and distance learning theory and experience applying the knowledge in instructional design. Must be able to demonstrate a high level of critical/conceptual thinking to participate in the design, development, review, and evaluation of course materials, as well as create course and program evaluation instruments, as described above. Must possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to communicate University standards and instructional design principles, policies, and procedures. Must possess working knowledge of various educational technologies and learning content authoring tools to be able to design instructional materials delivered in different systems. Must possess knowledge of measurement methodologies and basic statistic analytic skills to design assessment and measurement instruments, collect quantitative and qualitative data, perform data analysis, and generate conclusions for formative and summative evaluation of courses and curriculum. Must be able to work in a highly collaborative team environment and be able to establish strong relationships with clients and stakeholders. Must be results oriented and able to direct or manage multiple projects and activities.


Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to unpleasant and/or hazardous working conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to sit for long periods of time throughout an eight-hour period. Must be able to use a telephone or headset equipment and able to perform work at a computer terminal for 6-8 hours a day. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to move throughout the facility, communicate with others, and detect or exchange information or ideas. The incumbent may be required to perform functions which require the manual operation of general office productivity and equipment. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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