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Instructional Designer (15393)

Date: Aug 22, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The Instructional Designer will work on projects for The Kogod School of Business’ in-house and partnered programs through all modalities and program offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Instructional Designer will consult and collaborate with faculty and other stakeholders - using available technologies and systems to develop dynamic, pedagogically-sound, and technologically-appropriate learning experience . Responsibilities include providing one-on-one consultations with faculty, supporting Kogod workshops, researching and promoting emerging pedagogical innovations and technologies. To do this, a solid understanding of the principles of instructional theory; the ability to identify and test existing and emerging technologies and appropriately apply them to meet the intended learning objectives. The Instructional Designer must be able to effectively convey to faculty the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical techniques.

Essential Functions

  1. Work with and support faculty to design effective pedagogically sound online, hybrid, and hyflex courses. This could include supporting new course design, minor or major course revisions of an existing online, hybrid and hyflex courses. Assist in the creation of online assignments, activities and assessments to ensure alignment with the pedagogical objectives for the course. In consultation with faculty, review, edit, reorganize course content, and identify opportunities for multimedia elements throughout each lesson developed for the course. 
  2. Perform course updates in AU’s Learning Management System. Assist with the set-up, maintenance, organization and revisions to course-related content. 
  3. Provide one-on-one and group consultations with faculty and facilitate or support workshops to assist faculty in all aspects of teaching including, but not limited to, syllabus development, aligning learning outcomes with assessments, using third party tools, and incorporating innovative and evidence-based pedagogies. 
  4. In partnership with 2U, attend course strategy and development meetings to support faculty with the development or revision of courses in online programs. Assist in developing syllabi, assessment, and evaluation options. Provide feedback on the online course development process. Track and monitor progress of courses in production and repot issues to your supervisor. 
  5. Promote inclusive pedagogy and universal design in learning. Provide orientation, training, and support to faculty, and other course authors, who are new to online/hybrid course development and delivery. 
  6. Input and track your projects in Microsoft Planner and keep all of the documents current.. 
  7. Stay current with recent research, trends, and advancements in pedagogy, educational technologies, and other issues related to the design and implementation of online/hybrid courses through reading articles, researching information, participating in seminars, conferences, and then recommend and work with faculty, and other course authors, in adopting and implementing current strategies and technologies related to online/hybrid delivery. Maintains functional competency with media design and creation skills, LMS tools, and associated educational technologies to perform assigned duties.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time
  • Exempt
  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst B
  • This is a union-eligible position.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience 

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Learning Design, Instructional Systems, Educational Psychology or closely related field. 
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience 

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent in Learning Design, Instructional Systems, Educational Psychology or closely related field.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models to apply trends and best practices in instructional design. 
  • Working knowledge of instructional design, course development, and technology associated with creating online and blended learning solutions.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and visual design skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat); visualizing instructional graphics, the user interface, and the finished product.
  • Ability to develop instructional content compliant with Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and Section 508 Accessibility requirements.
  • Skill using computer programs in the development of training curriculum including word processing, presentation software and learning platform technologies (for example Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Connect Pro, Photoshop, Camtasia, Articulate, and Captivate).
  • Technical writing and storyboarding skills; the ability to write effective instructional text, audio, and video scripts.
  • Demonstration of highly effective skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to build relationships and trust.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.


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