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Learning Designer II

Columbia University
New York, New York
November 17, 2022
Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level
Organization Type University  
Pay Range

About Columbia University

Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty, staff, and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Position Summary

The Center for Teaching and Learning is looking for a Learning Designer to partner with faculty on the design of blended and online learning experiences for the purpose of advancing departmental curriculum goals. To manage the planning and development of educational projects defined by faculty or school partners.


  • Designs student-centered learning experiences for blended and online courses. Partners with faculty on the implementation of designs for a variety of modalities, platforms, and scales. Leverages emerging educational technologies, learning science research, and learning analytics to design and evaluate learning experiences.
  • Manages learning design for moderately complex projects and collaborates on multiple projects concurrently. Defines the scope of designs for learning that leverage educational theory and technology to solve a specific learning or teaching problem and manages related documents. Acts as a learning design consultant during the engineering of digital materials by a multi-disciplinary project team (e.g. project manager, videographer, developer, experience designer, and subject matter expert). Maintains instructional materials for using technologies covered in the course.
  • Conducts outreach and follow up with assigned departments and schools. Develops strong working relationships with academic staff and effectively accesses institutional resources.  Provides support for walk-in hours and knowledge base and ticketing.
  • Assists with the design and delivery of faculty programming on a variety of topics related to leveraging learning design approaches, educational technology, and resources available to the Columbia community. Collaborates on the development of related resources such as documentation, on-demand resources, and educational development materials.
  • Stays abreast of emerging research in learning design and evolving standards in educational practice.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent related experience required
  • 3-5 years of related experience required.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the instructional design process, including needs assessment, instructional problems, learner characteristics, task analysis, instructional objectives, content sequencing, instructional strategies and resources, evaluation. instruments, formative evaluation, and summative evaluation.
  • Experience with educational technology tools required (e.g., Learning Management System – Canvas).
  • Excellent project management and team collaboration skills.
  • Experience with research tools and data analysis.
  • Extensive experience using Macs and Windows machines.
  • Knowledge of educational technology, research in the learning sciences, and data analytics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree.
  • Familiarity of pedagogical concepts and instructional technology issues.
  • Discipline specific background depending upon the products and services managed.