Hiring Department: Office of eLearning, University of Missouri System
The University of Missouri System (UM System) serves Missouri as the state's land-grant university and Missouri's only public research and doctoral-level institution. It has a unique mission to advance the opportunities for success and well-being for Missouri, the nation, and the world through transformative teaching, research, innovation, engagement and inclusion.
The UM System consists of system administration and four universities: The University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and all of their component parts, including MU Health, MU Extension and UM Engagement. It is important that this broad and comprehensive organization uses data-informed approaches to make strategic decisions to achieve excellence.
As a professional in the Office of eLearning at the University of Missouri, the Instructional Designer is responsible for designing effective, high-quality learning experiences, and providing pedagogical and curricular consultation for online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced learning environments. The role is also responsible for planning, developing and delivering faculty professional development experiences on the topics of online teaching, online course design, and the effective use of technology in teaching. In these capacities, this position will work with assigned academic units across the University of Missouri System and will collaborate with other instructional designers, instructional developers, educational technologists and other staff in the Office of eLearning in support of department and institution-wide initiatives and projects. At least one of the positions associated with this posting will be located in Columbia, MO, with options for St. Louis, MO, or Kansas City, MO for the other. This is a full-time appointment that is reviewed annually.
Cultivates close, collaborative, and professional working relationships with faculty, staff and administrators in assigned academic unit(s) and within the Office of eLearning
Provides professional, effective, and timely support to assigned academic unit(s) in the areas of pedagogy and educational technology
In consultation with faculty members:
Ensures the instructional quality of courses, including alignment between course activities and objectives
Recommends innovative approaches, strategies and technologies to solve instructional problems
Helps define educational goals, assess learner needs, and choose appropriate delivery media
Designs & develops online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced courses
Collaborates on updates and revisions to online courses, including periodic quality review
Assesses courses to determine if quality guidelines have been met in accordance with educational standards and systems such as Quality Matters
Performs project management of course design and development
Works collaboratively with related campus offices to plan, develop, and offer workshops and programs
Facilitates consultations, workshops or other events in areas of instructional design and educational technology
Assists in preparing faculty for successful online teaching
Advocates for the meaningful use of technology for teaching and learning
Advises on curriculum and/or program design for online & hybrid degree/certificate programs
Maintains currency with campus initiatives, trends, research and best practices in technology, online & higher education, learning theory and instructional design theory, including generational and inclusive learning strategies
Completes course quality reviews as assigned
Reflects on, researches, adopts, and shares instructional design best practices and solutions with colleagues.
Completes other duties as assigned
Master's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Education, or a related field.
Two to three years designing online, hybrid, or technology enhanced instruction or curriculum in higher education or a related discipline
Demonstrated understanding of instructional design, including universal design
Extensive technology toolbox of e-learning content development and assessment creation software
Instructional consulting experience
Demonstrated leadership for initiating projects and seeing them to conclusion
Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills
Effective teamwork, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
Knowledge of academic structures and values
Ability to creatively work in a highly technical environment
Well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills
Strong problem-solving abilities
Ability to work independently and on a team
Ability to conceptualize innovative ideas & solutions
Ability to concurrently manage multiple assignments and deadlines
Ability to work with instructors from a wide range of academic cultures and disciplines
Solid understanding of Learning Theory, Instructional Design Theory, and online pedagogy
Ability & willingness to question status quo practices and influence others through persuasion and demonstration
Experience with Open Educational Resources (OER)
Participation in national organizations focused on teaching, learning, technology in higher education
Experience and evidence of success in university teaching
Applicants should submit the following components in the application packet:
Cover letter that includes the following
Instructional design experience
Contributions with developing or helping to develop college-level online courses
Familiarity with accessibility requirements
Experience and skills related to developing interactive and engaging learning activities in online course
Organizing strategies that help keep track of projects, paperwork, appointments, and emails
Online teaching experience
CV or resume
Names and phone numbers for three professional references, preferably from higher education institutions
Applicants must combine all application materials (Cover letter, CV, and list of three references with contact information) into a single pdf or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters.
The position will be open until filled. Review of applications will start immediately. Recruitment efforts are being coordinated by the Executive Recruitment Team in UM System Human Resources.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.
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