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Instructional Designer

Job Type
Experience Level
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $65K - $7K

Job Description

Important notes:

  • This is not a fully remote position. This is a hybrid position at ASU Tempe campus. Successful candidates will have an on-campus presence and attend in-person meetings as scheduled, but will have the opportunity to work remotely for a portion of the week after the onboarding period. ASU does not pay travel for the interviewing process or relocation expenses.
  • We are seeking an Instructional Designer with three years of recent experience working in higher education supporting faculty with course design and Canvas support in a variety of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Those without this experience will not be considered.

Are you currently a higher education Instructional Designer who exemplifies an innovative and inclusive mindset and a passion for removing barriers to teaching and learning? Do you have an interest in the disciplines of Geography, Urban Planning, and Human Communication? Have you developed dozens of college-level courses in a variety of disciplines in collaboration with faculty? If so, we’d love for you to apply!

This is a unique opportunity to support two schools within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe campus: The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) and the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC). This ID will report to the Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Learning Technology in The College Dean’s Office and work alongside an ID Sr. on the Online and Digital Innovation team. They’ll join a larger community of IDs embedded in other schools in The College, EdPlus, and other departments across ASU.

This ID will partner with faculty in the two schools to design new courses, improve existing courses, and provide faculty support in all modalities (online and immersion) at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) by applying current best practices in teaching, technology, accessibility, and universal design for learning (UDL).

On a day-to-day basis, this ID will collaborate with program directors, course leads, and faculty to develop and revise courses, maintain a checklist of courses under revision, run course quality assurance based on the Quality Matters rubric, inform online and immersion learning practices with a partnership in the Dean’s office, and spearhead development of creative educational experiences which may include faculty professional development workshops, multimedia/social media experiences, micro-credentialing, accelerated program development, and supporting initiatives around DEIJB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging), HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions), generative AI, and accessibility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of instructional design and pedagogical approaches, practices, and tools for diverse audiences/environments. Skill in using a variety of industry-leading technologies and products for development of content, presentations, and tutorials. Skill in using the Canvas learning management systems. Skill in troubleshooting technology issues on common platforms. Skill in effective organization and time-management in an environment with multiple priorities and short deadlines. Skill in both verbal and written communication. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Working Environment

Because of the hybrid nature of this position, time will be split between a home office and Tempe campus. The main workstation on Tempe campus is in The College Dean’s Office in a shared space with a dedicated desk. However, because this position supports two schools, the successful candidate may need to walk across campus, carrying a laptop, to meetings and workstations at other buildings. Some workstations are private and some are shared. All workstations will have by-appointment or open-door visitation access (depending on candidate preference) for faculty who are in need of ID assistance.

On-campus activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse 75 percent; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work 15 percent. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include or are subject to resolution of conflicts.

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 AND Three (3) years of providing learning/instructional design and/or technology development services. Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Department Statement

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) is the administrative home for this position. Our staff team of 19 supports 35 tenure/tenure-track faculty, over 1000 undergraduate majors, and 200+ graduate students studying in one of five graduate degree programs (MA and PhD programs in Geography, a PhD in Urban Planning, a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and a Master of Advanced Studies in Geographical Information Systems(with more on the way).

More complete school and program information can be found at http://sgsup.asu.edu/.

Desired Qualifications

Applications will be evaluated according to the following experiences, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Current/recent work experience as an Instructional Designer (ID), Learning Experience Designer (LXD), or Instructional Designer Associate (IDA) in higher education, which includes assisting diverse faculty with dozens of college-level new course developments and regularly providing course support in a variety of disciplines. (3 years)
  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in Educational Technology or a discipline related to subject areas in SGSUP or HDSHC.
  • Evidence of incorporating into college courses ID best practices including three or more of the following: adult learning theory, Quality Matters, Bloom’s Taxonomy, ADDIE, UDL, and Accessibility.
  • Experience in effective and diplomatic communication: your application should demonstrate clear and concise writing and speaking abilities appropriate for diverse audiences including university faculty and administrative staff.
  • Evidence of impactful and effective presentation skills for synchronous and asynchronous settings.
  • Ability to advise faculty on video lecture recording best practices.
  • Experience working with Canvas LMS; ability and passion for troubleshooting Canvas and learning tool issues.
  • Experience designing and building interactive activities in Canvas, as well as integrating learning tools such as Yellowdig, Playposit, and remote proctoring software.
  • Experience working with EdPlus ASU Online or similar online education organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ID-related project management strategies and tools used for ID time reporting and course development milestones tracking.
  • Experience with establishing and maintaining collaborative and effective working relationships with faculty, colleagues, and leadership.

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Essential Duties

  • Provides faculty support for existing courses which includes Canvas and learning tool troubleshooting, best practices in teaching and learning, and course design consultation.
  • Assists faculty with developing new courses and revising existing courses to maximize engagement, interactivity, and instructional soundness by providing full design support, including but not limited to using the ADDIE model or similar: conducting needs analysis, writing learning objectives in alignment with programmatic outcomes (backwards design), designing/mapping course content in alignment with outcomes and integration of Quality Matters and Peralta rubrics, sourcing aligned and accessible learning materials from the ASU Library, advising on video lecture recordings, building courses in Canvas, integrating learning technologies, supporting course implementation, and evaluating course effectiveness.
  • Assists with evaluation of courses for course quality, including learning objectives, materials, assessments, technology effectiveness and QM, Peralta, UDL, and accessibility best practices; recommends and implements changes.
  • Develops custom learning solutions through effective and creative uses of technology to enhance instruction including Canvas, Google Drive applications, Yellowdig, Playposit, Inscribe, and other technology resources.
  • Researches, pilots, tests, and implements new learning tools/technologies that could resolve pedagogical challenges and improve teaching and learning.
  • Evaluates faculty training needs, designs/redesigns training programs and supplemental materials, and implements training programs to meet evolving social and technological environments and school/college/university initiatives.
  • Communicates effectively with diverse audiences including university faculty and administrative staff.
  • Presents in synchronous and asynchronous settings including project showcases, webinars for faculty professional development, micro-trainings, how-to videos, conferences, etc.
  • Assists faculty with developing lecture videos, including optimal video length, slide design, accessibility guidelines (and if recording at home, advising on setup such as mic/camera/lighting/computer software). Supports faculty usage of media-related technologies such as screencast/screen-capture software, streaming services (ASU’s MediaPlus), and requesting/editing closed captioning and transcripts.
  • Collaborates with others (e.g. technologists, peer IDs, school leadership, and Dean’s Office leadership) to support faculty and integrate contributions to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of course design and development models and processes.
  • Develops and maintains resources such as tutorials, templates, design standards, content resources, templates, and tools for instructional development.
  • Remains current on, evaluates, identifies, and communicates best practices, learning theories, and instructional technologies, and incorporates these into course design recommendations.
  • Assumes or coordinates other duties or projects as assigned or directed.

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.