The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for Temporary, Full-Time Instructional Designer.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington State and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professional the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Integrated Learning, the Temporary Instructional Designer is responsible for developing, maintaining, delivering, and supporting evaluation of online higher education courses and learning modules for early care and education faculty and providers from across the nation. This position requires independence, and will be responsible for the production of instructional design materials, clear communication skills to provide updates and design ideas, updating of course content and technology, and collaboration with course design teams across the center. Collaborators might include subject matter experts, content specialists, course developers, graphic designers, instructional designers, media specialists, web application developers, and UW technology units.
A successful candidate must be able to take the instructional design needs from several projects and apply best instructional design practices to help complete the projects. The candidate will bring good working knowledge of the production aspects of creating online courses and training (such as, LMS production and learning content design), as well as an understanding of the higher education learning ecosystem. In addition, this position will design instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse group of learners, adopt the Cultivate Learning design approach, collaborate to bring a variety of course content to online delivery formats and manage timelines.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Instructional Design and Content Production (100% FTE)
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (40% FTE)
- Develop online courses and trainings following the Cultivate Learning approach to course development.
- Produce instructional materials and interactions that account for diverse groups of learners, adult learning theory, and effective instructional design models.
- Aide in formatting content in the LMS for easy to use course navigation.
- Address instructional design and learning technology issues found in existing courses.
- Review for quality assurance to ensure courses do not have functionality or navigation issues.
- Apply current research and theory to instructional design of higher education courses and training modules.
- As requested, design instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse group of learners and adult learning theory.
- Collaborate with content experts to apply a variety of techniques in transforming from in-person higher courses to online and hybrid delivery formats.
- Ensure all online content meets accessibility standards.
PRODUCTION (40% FTE)
- Prepare instructional materials for deployment on learning management systems, ensuring consistency of style, design, and learner-centered focus.
- Collaborate with content experts and media team to apply a variety of techniques in transforming educational content into effective online learning experiences.
- Collaborate with project team to design learning experiences that support learning objectives and outcomes.
- Collaborate with project manager to establish production timelines and report on progress.
- Collaborate with design and media teams to create animations and video that support instruction.
- Collaborate with content developers, design team, and media team to prepare storyboards, design interactive media, and create interactive assessments.
- Manage against multiple competing priorities and deadlines ensuring all targets are met.
- Manage quality assurance phase of online development.
- Develop documentation for students, faculty, and staff related to online courses.
COMMUNICATIONS (20% FTE)
- Communicate and coordinate with internal and external personnel to check that project meets the requirements.
- Participate in course design team meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, communications, or a related field, AND, 3+ years’ experience in the design, development, and deployment of online courses and training.
- Working knowledge of e-learning authoring tools (such as Articulate, Captivate, and H5P).
- Experience working with academic learning management systems such as Canvas.
- Experience designing e-learning interactive content that support adult learning principles.
- Working knowledge of HTML and CSS.
- Familiarity with FERPA compliance requirements and standards.
- Familiarity with Accessibility guidelines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Highly organized with a great attention to detail.
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as an individual contributor and member of multiple teams.
- Ability to take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
- Ability to think strategically, problem solve, and suggest creative solutions.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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