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Online Learning Experience Designer

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Entry  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range TBD  

Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem – paired with entrepreneurial drive – creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Department:

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, through the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Operations Research and Engineering Management. Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, providing the tools and space to work on immersion design projects and competitions to accelerate leadership development and the framework for innovation; the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, helping students develop nontechnical skills to prepare them for leadership in diverse technical fields; the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, developing new methodologies for incorporating engineering education into K-12 schools; and the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, combining technological innovation with business expertise to address global poverty.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Online Learning Experience Designer will work with faculty to design, develop and teach media-rich, highly-interactive fully online courses that provide a student-centered and authentic online learning experience for students at Southern Methodist University. The Designer will work collaboratively with faculty and course production project managers to produce instructional and supplementary materials for online programs and will help train and support faculty in the technical and pedagogical skills necessary to deliver quality online learning content and courses. This is a 12-month position requiring full time in-office hours.

Essential Functions:

  • Works with academic leadership and faculty to design and implement innovative and effective online learning techniques.
  • Works with faculty to create new courses and revises existing courses for online delivery.
  • Coordinates efforts with and reports progress regularly to course production project manager(s) and other leadership.
  • Advises, trains and supports faculty on the appropriate tools, media and instructional strategies to achieve course learning objectives as defined by course production project manager(s) and faculty.
  • Assists faculty with developing appropriate assessment tools and strategies to align with course learning objectives as defined by course production project manager(s) and faculty.
  • Submits and coordinates media/video/audio/graphic requests with the course production project manager(s) and the online course production team’s video resources.
  • Coordinates activities alongside faculty throughout each course’s development life-cycle to the course production project manager(s) to ensure that deadlines are realized.
  • Performs technology-based coordinative duties such as assisting faculty build “sandbox/development” courses. Expected to develop professional proficiency and to leverage common SMU instructional technologies as defined by course production needs.
  • Performs regular course content quality and accessibility checks according to institutional quality/compliance/accreditation requirements.
  • Maintains awareness of instructional design trends, techniques and related technology tools.  Performs other duties as assigned.


 Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Instructional Systems or Learning Experiences is preferred. 

A minimum of three years of experience is required. Two years of demonstrated experience in an academic or training environment in the development of course content for online delivery, including designing and producing digital course modules/web pages, web graphics, web resources, and other digital course materials is required. Experience in project management is also required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate familiarity with instructional design, including adult learning theories, and learning outcome assessment techniques is required. 

Candidate must possess a working knowledge of learning management systems (e.g., Canvas) for instruction.

Candidate must be able to skillfully use various audio and video technologies (video cameras, webcams, wireless mics, etc.)

Candidate knowledge of streaming audio, video, video-conferencing is necessary. 

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. 

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency with Canvas, Zoom, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, SnagIt, non-linear video editing software, audio editing software.

Candidate knowledge of emerging technologies, as related to teaching and learning, is essential. 

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, accessequity@smu.edu.


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas

Job: Other

Organization: School of Engineering

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Staff

Employee Status: Individual Contributor

Job Type: Full-time

Job Level: Day Job

Travel: No

Job Posting: Jan 8, 2024, 12:24:01 PM