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Associate Instructional Designer

Job Type
Experience Level
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $45K - $60K

Job Description

The Associate Instructional Designer role in ASU’s Learning Enterprise Learning Design team will support Instructional Designers to design, develop, and scale revolutionary new online courses and course materials. You will work closely with all team members, including instructional designers, cinematographers, online course managers, and learner success designers. You will also learn or grow your knowledge and skill in instructional design and learning technologies, allowing you to advance your learning design career.

The successful candidate will support courses in different learning management systems (LMS), including Canvas, OedX, and Google Classroom. With guidance and training from the team, you will build equitable and scalable learning experiences in the LMS and with design tools such as H5P and Adobe. You will conduct course quality assurance checks (QA) to ensure the learning experience reflects our standards, and summarize learner feedback for use by the design team. You will also help us maintain our catalog of learning assets in Airtable and build out our process guides and documentation.

The Associate Instructional Designer is a critical member of our team and will participate fully in team gatherings, design sessions, and other meetings. Your contributions will support using new design techniques and technologies to deliver ASU courses at scale to a diverse set of learners, such as learners in high school, learners seeking to earn admission to ASU and working learners looking for pathways into college and careers.

Flexible work options
Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required. Please note that this position is Hybrid/Remote off-campus at our Scottsdale Skysong location.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field. One (1) year of experience providing educational technology development services, or formal or informal education. Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Department Statement

About the Learning Enterprise
We believe that the rigid and linear design of traditional higher education is neither an effective ladder to social and economic opportunity for all learners nor is it responsive to rapidly evolving workforce needs. ASU has responded to these challenges with the creation of Learning Enterprise (LE). We are guided by the belief that everyone should have universal access to education and opportunity. At every stage of life.

LE re-imagines the role of universities in society and evolves the design of learning offerings. These products (LE’s learning offerings) are academically rigorous, tech-enabled, and outcomes-driven. They are stackable, accessible, and evidence-based – designed to respond to the needs of students and employers with the resources and values of the university.

LE’s initial focus is on the following areas: foundational skills and mindsets, professional and technical career skills and personal development, cultural and civic learning.

At LE, we share a common set of values that guide our work and collaboration:

Scrappy. We are undaunted by challenges. We remain undeterred by anything that stands in the way of moving our vision forward. If we fall, we get up, over and over again. If it doesn’t exist, we create it. If something doesn’t work, we try something else.

Driven. We always push to be better for ourselves, for each other, and for our students. We are not defeated or guided by the status quo. We see what could be and relentlessly pursue it.

Intentional Architects. We know our attitude towards what we are doing will determine our success. We see the big picture and take deep pride in building every block that makes up our long-term vision. We are motivated by the potential of a transformed future while remaining firmly focused on tending to the tasks in front of us today.

Leading from the heart. We deeply care about people and their well-being. Everyone is unconditionally supported. We believe in human potential and invest in continuous growth.

Candid collaborators. We share ideas and feedback at all levels. We have strong opinions loosely held and intentionally engage in debate. We strive for clarity through direct and honest communication. We know our work is better for it.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design in higher education and pedagogical approaches, practices, and tools for diverse audiences/environments.
  • Experience in paying attention to detail through prior work experience, ideally in an educational setting.
  • The ability to pick up new skills quickly and apply them in expected and novel ways.
  • Experience with high enrollment (400+ learners) in asynchronous fully-only learning experiences.
  • Experience with diverse Learning Management Systems including Canvas, Coursera, edX, Google Classroom, or others.

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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Essential Duties

By the end of the first year in the position, you will contribute to the team and Universal Learner Courses Design Team in the following ways:

Development of innovative, high quality, scaleable courses.
You will support the ID team as they work with an interdisciplinary team of subject matter experts to build high quality, rigorous courses. Your duties will include:

  • Building out content pages and assessment under guidance of instructional designers.
  • Documenting design vision meetings as part of an instructional design and subject matter expert team.
  • Assisting with content curation and accessibility evaluation including uploading video, applying captions, and formatting transcripts into html for including in courses.
  • Assisting with revision of content to accessibility standards including PDF remediation and applying alt-text.
  • Supporting Quality Assurance (QA) tasks in ensuring equitable access and quality education for all learners. For example, if learner data shows a course to be too fast for non-Math majors, bringing that to the ID team will help them reflect on the design. Similarly, if you hear learner feedback about a certain tool disrupting their test taking experience, that would be important insights for the ID team.

You will support the Learning Design leadership in monitoring and tracking expenditure on technology and tools, recording learner feedback and summarizing those for the redesign stage. You will also help resolve errors in real time in courses to improve learner experience. This will include:

  • Data organization and visualization.
  • Tracking security review processes for technology procurement.
  • Process building in Airtable to track progress of instructional design work and session to session course shell delivery.
  • Adjusting courses in real time to respond to learner needs and unique challenges presented in the learning environment.

With the ID team’s guidance, you will explore new technologies and tools to build engaging and effective learning experiences. You will:

  • Create technology evaluations and samples of implementation to guide decision making and demonstrate them to the team.
  • Keep templates for page design and course development up to date with best practices and internal design principles.
  • Create process guides for implementation of determined instructional design processes with integrated video, text, and audio to contribute to a growing knowledge base.

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.