Educational Instructional Design Specialist

University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB (30+ days ago)

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This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The position will be offered for an initial period of 1 year from date of hire, with possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Director, Teaching and Learning Office, the Educational Instructional Design Specialist collaborates with other members of the Teaching and Learning Office in the development and delivery of professional development programs, online course development and end-user technical support. Under the guidance of the Director, the Specialist also manages projects to enhance services offered by the teaching and learning office. The incumbent consults with faculty, staff and students to conduct needs assessments and assists in planning effective educational environments.


Manages and conducts needs assessments and evaluations with faculties, departments and academic staff to design and implement systems in support of their distributed learning requirements and to assess the effectiveness of technologies in the teaching/learning process
Recommends appropriate instructional strategies based on information about the learner’s characteristics, resources and constraints, desired learner outcomes and other pertinent information
Identifies implementation challenges and makes suitable recommendations to address challenges and issues
Designs appropriate strategies to meet faculty and student needs and learning objectives
Works with and provides instructional development support for centrally supported technologies such as Moodle and Adobe Connect
Establishes success measures to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of all training and developmental programs and makes recommendations for improvement/modifications
Develops and delivers professional development courses for faculty in the use of educational technologies including, but not limited to learning management systems, online communication tools, health related learning technologies and mobile technologies
Conceptualize and develop learning objects with faculty
Works within a project management system to develop and manage a project plan (including time lines and resources) which is appropriate to the nature of the project
Participates in cooperative projects with strategic partners inside the UofA to develop educational resources to be utilized university-wide
Designs and develops computer-based interactive applications including simulations, games, audio and video multimedia materials
Verifies that all completed projects are standards compliant following IMS, SCORM and other relevant specifications
Disseminates lessons learned through presentations and professional meetings, or through other means including publications and national and international conference presentations

Master’s degree completed in adult education, instructional/educational technology, or a related field; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
Experience in adult professional development and e-learning applications or other online collaboration tools
Knowledge and experience working in HTML and CSS is preferred
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience with University of Alberta systems an asset