Instructional Designer

UC San Diego
UC San Diego
Hiring Pay Scale: $28.00 – $32.00/hour
The mission of The Teaching + Learning Commons (the Commons) is to advance student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic student support; be an incubator for student academic success innovations; increase access to education on campus and beyond: and, actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through its programs and services. The Commons’ work encompasses four areas: instructor support to enhance their teaching (inside and outside the classroom, in traditional as well as in digital teaching and learning settings); support undergraduate and graduate students to advance their success at UC San Diego and beyond; support graduate students to develop their professional development as instructors; and actively promote equity and inclusion within its organization and through its programs and services.
Digital Learning (DL) is one of the six hubs in the Teaching + Learning Commons. Digital Learning’s mission is to broaden access to education by creating equitable online learning environments. We collaborate with instructors and campus units to:
  • Develop and support online courses and programs
  • Assess, research, and advance online learning
  • Promote online learning opportunities
  • Advocate for the efficacy of online learning
At the Teaching + Learning Commons we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling our mission. As such, we are committed to recruiting, advancing, and supporting a diverse team who: Will contribute to our mission by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds; Will actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through our programs and services; Are dedicated to continuous learning.
The incumbent joins the Digital Learning (DL) Hub in the Teaching + Learning Commons to advance UC San Diego’s educational mission to create high quality, equitable online learning opportunities. Under guidance from Digital Learning’s senior team members, the Instructional Designer (ID) works with instructors, ed tech and media specialists, to support the design and development of online courses on select Learning Management Systems (LMS).
The ID applies instructional design principles, organizational policies and procedures, to implement the LMS architecture necessary to meet the course content programming needs of various functions and departments. The ID works with other senior DL team members to ensure courses meet quality, accessibility and equity standards. The ID helps the DL team stay on the cutting-edge with regard to educational technology teaching and learning tools and applications. The ID will have the following primary responsibilities:
  • Provide back-end support for the development and technical creation of online courses.
  • Assist with building, deploying, and maintaining high quality online course content, interactive exercises, assignments, and assessments in alignment with the course’s learning outcomes and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.
  • Develop learning experience (LX) solutions including enhanced opportunities for interaction, visual and graphical content representations, and learner-centered projects.
  • Monitor online course progress and provide support during instructional term.
  • Stay current with accessibility issues and emerging technologies as appropriate for online learning materials and leading LMSs.
Applicants must reside in CA or willing to relocate to CA in order to be considered for the position.
  • A cover letter is required for a complete application.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ experience with educational technologies, instructional design and graphic design; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including needs analysis, backwards design, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches including lecture, discussion, activities, projects, etc.
  • Working knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning. Demonstrated experience using an LMS such as Canvas for course shell creation, content editing, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Working knowledge of e-learning strategies including but not limited to courses (e.g., processes and technologies, etc.). Demonstrated skills with educational technologies appropriate for higher education contexts.
  • Experience working successfully in a team-oriented environment with an emphasis on supportive, professional collaboration.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
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