Posted by: Richard Schwier | December 12, 2008

ID position at Thompson Rivers University

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER
Open Learning
Tenure Track

DUTIES: This position is a tenure-track bipartite appointment. The Instructional Designer reports to the Director of the Instructional Development and Research Group (IDRG). Working closely with the Academic Director(s) and/or Coordinator(s) of various academic areas, the Instructional Designer will assume responsibility for the development and revision of Open Learning courses in related subject areas. The
Instructional Designer is responsible for the academic integrity of courses in these curriculum areas and works as a project manager and curriculum developer to lead teams of course writers, consultants, reviewers, editors, and project assistants to complete the development and revision of Open Learning courses.

The project management and curriculum development of Open Learning courses includes liaising with the particular academic areas, hiring subject matter experts, and preparing contracts/agreements. It also includes leading course development teams; developing instructional design plans; guiding the development of learning outcomes, course outlines, learning activities, and assessment instruments; monitoring, assessing, editing, revising, and providing constructive feedback on the work of subject matter experts; working with the media team and graphic artists (both internal and external); preparing instructional materials according to established design principles and TRU technical requirements; and working with the Instructional Development support team to complete outputs for print and web courses.

Skills required include the ability to implement sound instructional design, develop instruction to address specific learner profiles, manage multiple projects with their shifting priorities and timelines, write clear instructional material, provide coaching and training, perform substantive editing, attend to detail, and evaluate and make recommendations regarding instructional design. The Instructional Designer is required to complete these projects to IDRG quality standards and within agreed upon timelines, budgets, and client specifications.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Related master’s degree required; may include—but is not restricted to—master’s degrees in education, curriculum and instruction, distributed learning, educational technology
• 3-5 years’ demonstrated experience in curriculum design and development based on best practice, including developing instructional design plans and guiding the development of learning outcomes, course outlines, learning activities, and
• assessment instruments
• 3 years’ teaching or training experience, particularly with adult learners in a distance-delivery environment
• Demonstrated project management and team leadership experience as well as demonstrated experience in substantive editing
• Superior time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects
• Superior written and oral communication skills, including ability to attend to detail in written materials
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a wide variety of people are required
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in an electronic workplace is essential

COMMENCEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT: February 2, 2009

REVIEW DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed commencing January 2, 2009, and may continue until position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Thompson Rivers University is committed to the principle of employment equity. Please forward a cover letter and current curriculum vitae, quoting the Competition #08-223 with names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees, along with a copy of graduate transcripts to:

Via e-mail: jobops@tru.ca
Via fax: 250-828-5338
Mail to:
Career Opportunities
Human Resources Division
Thompson Rivers University
P.O. Box 3010
Kamloops, BC V2C 5N3


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