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Instructional Design & Technology

Instructional Designer

Job Type Employee   Full-Time  
Experience Level Entry   Mid  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $48K - $60K

The Instructional Designer, Intermediate supports remote and residential physical therapy faculty to maximize learning engagement in an online learning environment for doctoral students enrolled in the hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Experience with learning management systems, instructional design tools, the integration of audiovisual content into courses, integration tools to improve student active learning participation, and competency-based education methodology is preferred. The Instructional Designer assesses needs, designs processes, develops materials, and evaluates effectiveness of materials created for the courses within the physical therapy curriculum. The position requires a working understanding of health and medical terminology in order to successfully partner with physical therapy faculty to deliver technology-enhanced learning resources for physical therapy online courses.

Instructional Design Role

  • Works with Physical Therapy Faculty in the development, implementation, and ongoing assessment of online course materials for the NAU Doctor of Physical Therapy Hybrid Physical Therapy Program.
  • Incorporates integration tools in course development specifically focused on improving active learning participation in courses.
    Maintains expert fluency with current research in instructional design, learning theory, and learning practices especially as related to online course delivery of health care and medically related subject matter.
  • Recommends best practice approaches in instructional methods in support of the foundational and clinical sciences of physical therapy education including synchronous and asynchronous course presentations, simulation exercises, virtual reality technologies and, and computer-based training.
  • Assists physical therapy faculty in the development of clinically relevant authentic assessments in an online environment.
  • Ensures the quality and compliance of course development with industry standards, computing software, and security requirements.
  • Works with physical therapy faculty to integrate curriculum development products into the NAU learning management system.
  • Participates in E-Learning Center quality assurance initiative.

Project Collaboration Role

  • Consults with physical therapy faculty to identify training objectives and develop clinically focused content.
  • Provides ongoing support and design initiatives for technology-related instructional design projects.
  • Participates in departmental meetings and maintains communications.

Other Roles

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate bachelor’s degree.
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in education, education technology, or instructional design.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Working knowledge and understanding of student learning outcomes, and skill in designing and implementing valid tools to assess those outcomes.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental principles of competency-based education
  • Broad understanding of health and medical terminology.


  • Instructional design, development, and implementation.
  • Skill in prioritizing and completing multiple tasks of varying complexity and urgency in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with Integration tools designed to improve active learning participation in courses (examples: Kahoot!, Mentimeter, Poll Everywhere).
  • Integration of audiovisual content (examples: VoiceThread, FlipGrid, Kaltura).


  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee’s start date.