Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, School of Continuing Studies Georgetown University
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Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, School of Continuing Studies - Georgetown University
Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies (SCS) seeks to foster a collaborative, innovative, and student-first culture shaped by Georgetown's Jesuit heritage and values. SCS endeavors to be a center of innovation and growth within the University by introducing academic programs that respond to emerging and evolving needs in the economy and society. When you join our team at SCS, you become part of a thriving ecosystem of staff and faculty committed to inspiring students to seek something greater in their lives and careers.
SCS offers graduate programs in professional and liberal studies, more than 30 professional certificate programs, custom, and corporate training and education, summer school and special programs, and the University's only part-time bachelor's program.
The Instructional Design & Technology Specialist is instrumental to supporting SCS's growing programs - online, on-campus, and hybrid. They assist not only with the instructional design of online, and hybrid courses and programs, but focus on advancing the quality of course design, development, and implementation across the non-degree programs.
Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
Lead internal and external stakeholders in the research, design, and implementation of high-quality and pedagogically effective online, on-campus, hybrid, and other technology-enhanced programs and courses based on robust pedagogical design principles and best practices.
Ensure alignment of learning objectives, activities and assessments for programs and courses.
Work with program staff and faculty to integrate pedagogically appropriate technologies into their classes.
Assist faculty in the development of course materials for online, on-campus and hybrid courses.
Create monitoring and evaluation plans for programs and courses.
Collaborate with the schools' leadership team to support the design of new programs.
Support cross-functional committees within SCS (i.e. Assessment, Launch, etc.)
Support efforts to globalize online offerings using various LMS and global platforms.
Instructional Technology Development
Establish consistent quality standards, look and feel, template design, and user experience across programs and courses
Create the LMS course templates with graphics/banners and build the course structure and upload course content
Create, and/or work with content developers to co-create, course content, activities, assessments, and multimedia for modules (lecture videos and other multi-media content, interactives, etc.)
Evaluate new instructional software and technologies for their possible application to programs and courses
Lead the design, development, and implementation of a continuous quality improvement strategy for online and hybrid courses
Collaborate with instructional designers, faculty, and vendors to improve the quality of learning experiences for students enrolled in online and hybrid courses
Review and evaluate course modules and make recommendations for improvements during the course design and development process
Review and evaluate support services for online students and make recommendations for improvements
Participate in the online course quality assurance testing and verification process
Provide ongoing feedback, assistance, and training to the faculty directors, subject matter experts, and instructors for further enhancements of online and hybrid courses
Provide instructional design support for LMS and other learning technologies
Support the design, development, and implementation of a uniquely-SCS quality framework for online courses
Coordinate the online course revision process
Conduct experiments to evaluate new pedagogical strategies and instructional software and technologies for online courses
Collaborate with programs and vendors to develop training, workshops, and courses for instructors to disseminate best practices and methods for achieving learning goals in online environments
Collaborate with academic program coordinators to address specific teaching and learning ideas and concerns in their online and on-campus course offerings
Contribute to a research agenda
Keep up-to-date with the latest in pedagogical practices, cognitive / learning science, and design tools and methods
Maintain program and course development milestones and timeline
Organize regular and ad-hoc meetings as needed throughout the life of the program/course design project
Communicate progress and milestone achievement to all stakeholders
Be available to the faculty during the course to assist with any questions or problems
Master's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Curriculum, and Instruction, or related academic discipline
5 to- 7 years of experience working at higher education institutions as an instructional designer, designing and developing online courses and programs
3+ years' experience evaluating course quality using an established rubric (e.g., Quality Matters, OLC Scorecard)
Excellent understanding of instructional design principles, online pedagogy, learning theory, emerging brain / cognitive / learning science, the arts, and technologies that influence learning design and learning environments, coupled with experience applying this knowledge to real-world projects
Excellent learning design abilities and visual design sense - ability to design and develop engaging and interactive online courses by drawing on a strong working knowledge of instructional design theories, methodologies, and best practices
Ability to produce design documents, develop storyboards for learning experiences and environments, and rework content from faculty, SMEs, and outside content providers according to University design standards.
Demonstrated learning and continual professional development in emerging technologies in educational technology, pedagogy, and teaching and learning methodologies
Ability to research and recommend emerging technologies and instructional strategies to advance course development, faculty teaching, and student learning
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of and experience/skill in the use of modern course management systems and platforms (Canvas, edX Platform, Moodle, and others). Strong Canvas experience
Demonstrated experience and thorough knowledge in creating media-based learning content (video, animations, images, interactives).
Strong working knowledge of video, interactive video, multimedia, and course authoring software including Photoshop, Presenter, Articulate, Captivate, Audacity, Camtasia, etc.
Demonstrated experience/skill working with using web conferencing, screen-casting, and/or other multimedia applications.
Thorough knowledge of project management methods and procedures.
Ability to demonstrate and utilize effective needs analysis and evaluation skills.
Excellent time management skills: ability manage multiple projects, meet project deadlines, communicate well with all constituents, and work well in both a team environment and independently on projects
Experience working in diverse teams and managing expectations
Ability to communicate effectively, provide intelligent and persuasive guidance, and manage each development project to meet both deadlines and quality standards
Strong analytical, verbal, written and interpersonal communication
Face-to-face or online teaching/training experience
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