Instructional Designer
Excelsior College - Albany, NY

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The Instructional Designer will work in a collaborative team to design distance learning courses that are under revision or newly developed for online or CD-ROM delivery. In partnership with College faculty and staff, the Instructional Designer will use learning methodologies appropriate to adult learner needs, select learning-oriented technologies and media, and facilitate the course development and revision process. Additional responsibilities include conducting faculty-developer orientations and leading or collaborating on special projects and initiatives that require learning design expertise.

Responsibilities
  • Provide advice and expertise in the development and revision of distance learning courses and in the planning and implementation of special projects.
  • Facilitate the process of developing and revising courses by maintaining close coordination among instructional development specialists (course builders), instructional technologists, academic stakeholders, and information technology staff.
  • Demonstrate and promote the alignment of learning outcomes with learning activities and assessments/feedback that meet learners' needs.
  • Recommend active learning strategies for adult learners which address diverse learning styles, abilities, and backgrounds.
  • Select and use a variety of techniques to define and sequence the instructional activities and strategies.
  • Apply current research and theory to the practice of instructional design.
  • Update and improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes pertaining to instructional design and related fields.
  • Evaluate and ensure the quality, accuracy, and effectiveness of each course within the context of Quality Matters and College policies.
  • Work with units to locate, select, or develop technologies and media that enrich the learning experiences of adult learners.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate training materials for faculty and staff use.
  • Recommend policies and procedures that improve the course development and revision process and promote collaboration, partnerships, and relationships among departments.
  • Identify and help resolve ethical and legal implications of instructional design.
  • Attend and present at professional conferences as required.
Qualifications
  • A Master's degree in instructional design, educational technology, or a related field is required.
  • At least 3 years experience in distance learning at the college/university level is also required.
  • College teaching experience is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of learning theories and instructional design in an online environment.
  • Work independently as well as in a team environment and possess project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Prior experience with course management systems (specifically Blackboard) and a variety of presentation and authoring software, including Adobe ® Presenter, Captivate ® , Dreamweaver ® , Flash Builder, Adobe Suite, Articulate ® Engage, Acrobat Connect Pro, and Photoshop ® needed.
  • Excellent oral, aural, visual, and written communication skills also required.
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies and their use in an instructional environment is essential.
  • Experience supporting faculty instructional excellence (teaching institutes, training, consulting, workshops, online resources, etc.).
  • Demonstrated understanding of backward and integrated course design as they relate to the Quality Matters rubric.

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Founded as Regents College in 1971 and chartered as a private, nonprofit institution in 1998, the College was renamed Excelsior College in...