Private foundation with college-level web-based learning initiative seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of COURSE DESIGNER for its Professional Development Program.
About the Foundation
The Constitution Foundation (DBA The Saylor Foundation) was established in 1999 by the CEO of a leading business intelligence technology company. The Foundation has launched an initiative committed to the development and structuring of open educational resources, with the goal of driving the cost of higher education down to zero. The initiative seeks to provide the architecture for a new educational model designed to disseminate free, high-quality materials to those lacking the resources to access traditional schooling.
The Saylor Foundation seeks a detail-oriented individual with expertise in course and/or curriculum design and experience teaching Job Search Skills, Workplace Skills, and/or Career Development to adult learners. The ideal candidate will have experience designing courseware for online learning programs.
The Saylor Foundations Professional Development Program is designed especially for adult learners who are ready to learn and apply skills demanded by todays employers. The Professional Development Program curriculum consists of three pathways and covers a range of skills, progressing from more basic job skills such as writing and basic computing skills to skills directly related to finding a job to professional development training. The courses offered in the Workplace Skills and Job Search Skills Programs are three-hour workshops. Each course in the Career Development Program is designed to be completed in 10 weeks, with each week consisting of one three-hour session (for a total of thirty hours). The specific courses in this program are as follows:
Workplace Skills Program
PRDV001: Computer Skills and Literacy
PRDV002: Professional Writing
PRDV003: Word Processing
PRDV005: Time and Stress Management
Job Search Skills Program
PRDV101: Job Search Skills
PRDV102: Resume Writing
PRDV103: Interviewing Skills
PRDV104: Professional Etiquette
Career Development Program
PRDV201/OM101: Accounting Principles I
PRDV202/OM102: Accounting Principles II
PRDV203/OM103: Introduction to Management
PRDV204/OM104: Payroll Administration
PRDV205/OM105: Business Law and Legal Procedures
PRDV206/OM106: Computerized Accounting Applications
PRDV207/OM107: Relational Database Applications
PRDV208/OM108: Management and Information Processing
PRDV301/PARA101: Introduction to Paralegal Studies
PRDV401/HR101: Introduction to Human Resources Management
PRDV501/MED101: Introduction to Health Information / Medical Records
The COURSE DESIGNER will work as a part-time independent contractor in order to design a course structure, pair that course with existing open-access content, and develop a final assessment. The contractor will also work with the Content Development Manager in order to script introductory videos for these courses that will be filmed at a later date. The COURSE DESIGNER must be open to a collaborative authorship environment, and must be willing to accept editorial and content-related feedback openly.
The COURSE DESIGNER will report directly to the Content Development Manager and will work closely with the Saylor Foundations Contributing Editors, who will provide feedback and editorial support.
1) An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and a credential in Adult Learning (whether through a graduate program, a certificate program, or something comparable);
2) Demonstrated expertise in course and/or curriculum design;
3) Experience teaching adult learners basic workplace, job search, and/or career development skills;
4) Exceptional writing skills;
5) A passion for education and commitment to educational reform;
6) An understanding of the mindset of adult learners seeking to enter or rejoin the workforce who may be having difficulty doing so;
7) Ability to work independently;
8) Ability to commit to a minimum of 10 hours of work per week;
9) Experience in online courseware development strongly preferred.
This is a part-time, contract position.
Location: Successful candidate will telecommute.
Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org - please be sure to put Course Designer: Professional Development Courseware in the subject line of your email.
Chronicle of Higher Education - 19 months ago