Instructional Design Positions at the U of S

Here are a couple of U of S jobs listed at Hurry if you’re interested. The deadline for applications is tomorrow!


JOB TITLE: Aboriginal Curriculum Development Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: College of Medicine, Educational Support and Development (ES&D) Office

STATUS: 1.0 FTE; Term, one year with the possibility of extension.

SALARY INFORMATION: The salary range is $56,361 to $88,064 per annum (Specialist/Professional, Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To provide project coordination for Aboriginal Health and Healing curriculum development, support for curriculum development generally, and to develop a modular curriculum on Aboriginal Health and Healing to be delivered across the four year undergraduate program. The coordinator position is to support proposal development and people involvement in the development and the integration of this curriculum in the medical school program and contribute to the renewal and re-design of the medical school program. The project is to be completed by April 30, 2012.

NATURE OF WORK: Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education through the Director, ES&D, College of Medicine this position works collaboratively with University of Saskatchewan’s partners, including the Aboriginal Health Sub-Committee of the Social Accountability Committee as well as the Curriculum Committee and its sub-committees, to re-design, create, integrate, and plan a number of Aboriginal curriculum initiatives that will become a program in Aboriginal Health and Healing. Work is highly complex, involving close collaboration, close attention to detail and quality of work, and extensive research efforts. This initiative has a strong impact on the credibility and profile of the University of Saskatchewan.

Aboriginal Health and Healing Curriculum is developed and implemented for the College of Medicine Undergraduate Program, ensuring a positive and comprehensive student experience, and serving to enhance the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan as a leader for Aboriginal Health and Healing Curriculum.
Collaborate extensively and communicate regularly with the Curriculum Committee and/or its sub-committees.
Ensure that the Aboriginal Health and Healing curriculum is consistent with the Comprehensive Curriculum Document as developed and/or evolving, especially the Statement of Educational Philosophy.
Management and implementation of local delivery of Aboriginal Health and Healing Curriculum. This will include collaborating with Aboriginal Elders and communities, and research for appropriate remuneration and/or incentive for Elder involvement.
Meet with various stakeholders to identify curriculum objectives (both core objectives for all students as well as “enhanced” objectives).
Compare local curriculum objectives with nationally-identified objectives.
Meet with faculty to identify appropriate places to insert Aboriginal health curriculum content into existing courses and programs.
Meet with stakeholders to develop curriculum materials and identify available teaching resources.
Liaise with the College of Medicine Social Accountability Committee, SAC subcommittee on Aboriginal Health; and Aboriginal students, staff and faculty as it relates to curriculum development (the latter is inclusive of the Aboriginal Coordinator and faculty dedicated to Aboriginal programs or services).
Projects are effectively managed, with appropriate collaboration, within budget and to deadlines.
Provide project support for the Aboriginal Health Committee and its initiatives.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field such as Education. A combination of experience and education would be considered.

Experience: Three years of directly-related experience in a post-secondary or similarly complex environment; ideally in the role of program coordination in Aboriginal Health and Healing Curriculum activities.

Skills: Exceptionally strong written, verbal, research, organizational, and communication skills as well as a thorough understanding of the University of Saskatchewan; a high level of project management skills; effective decision-making; highly effective interpersonal skills, including creativity, self-motivation, reliability, tact, and the ability to work independently and effectively within a team environment; a solid understanding of curriculum development and delivery issues in Aboriginal communities; and strong computer skills including facility with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and internet use.



JOB TITLE: Learning Objectives Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: College of Medicine, Undergraduate Medical Education Office

STATUS: 1.0 FTE; Term, 2 years with the possibility of extension.

SALARY INFORMATION: The salary range is $43,343 to $67,724 per annum (Specialist/Professional, Phase 1. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To assist College of Medicine course coordinators and teaching faculty in developing and establishing SMART (Specific Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) learning objectives for each of the UGME courses; to work as part of the Educational Support and Development (ES&D) unit to redesign and reconfigure the entire Medical School Curriculum; and to assist course coordinators in developing and distributing course material manuals in a standard, uniform format used by all other courses.

NATURE OF WORK: Reporting to the Assistant Dean Undergraduate Medical Education, through the Director, ES&D, and working closely with the College of Medicine faculty, administrative staff and the Curriculum Committee, the Learning Objectives Coordinator will work with instructors and course coordinators to establish a set of learning objectives for each course and each lecture within the course. Learning objective will be linked directly to the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) objectives and student assessment will be based specifically on the described learning objectives of the course. The position requires a high level of creativity, analytical thinking, and conceptualization in order to effectively guide and make recommendations on how to construct SMART learning objectives and link those objectives to effective assessment methods. The position is located in a fast-paced, high-volume office with competing demands that require the ability to work independently and under pressure. The position exercises discretionary decision-making and establishment of effective working relations across many departments and College of Medicine stakeholders. This position will work with a team of educators and designers in ES&D on a regular basis to plan and design a new and revised curriculum for the medical school. This new curriculum design will include objectives, assessment strategies, and an approach to delivery according to the general direction of the Curriculum Committee in consultation with existing and/or future course coordinators. The position will develop a standard electronic course manual format that includes course objectives as above, relevant learning resources including teaching materials, references and internet site locations, instructions for assignments (if applicable), evaluation guidelines, yearly academic schedules, and options for additional materials at the discretion of the course coordinator.

Review all courses and sessions in one45 to identify and document gaps in learning objectives.
Assess the quality of all existing courses and session learning objectives documented in one45.
Help communicate the importance and benefit of specifically defined learning objectives to all course coordinators and teaching faculty.
Together with ES&D participate in and assist with learning objective workshops for all course coordinators and instructors.
Coordinate one-on-one sessions with all course coordinators and instructors to write, review, and enhance their learning objectives.
Assist course coordinators and teaching faculty in identifying relevant learning objectives by working with the Curriculum Committees.
Assist in linking all learning objectives to MCC objectives.
Ensure all MCC learning objectives are addressed and assessed across the UGME curriculum.
Capture all final learning objectives in one45 as well as Phase syllabi.
Assist in creating exam/assessment blue prints for all courses based on the defined learning objectives.
Establish a reporting strategy in one45 indicating where learning objectives are being met and assessed.
Establish a strategy to monitor the use and assessment of learning objectives annually across the UGME program.
Design a standard manual template based in part on existing teaching materials
Direct and support course administrative personnel and coordinators in creating and distributing these standardized manuals.
Education: Minimum of an undergraduate degree in education, a graduate degree in education is preferred. Training in instructional design would be an asset.

Experience: Five years of directly related experience in education; developing and assessing learning objectives, preferably in a university setting, would be a distinct advantage.

Skills: Strong project management skills; demonstrated experience in developing and evaluating learning objectives; effective organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to take initiative and work collaboratively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written; demonstrated ability to balance a demanding workload, multitask and adjust to changing priorities; creativity and a good sense of design; keen attention to detail; diplomacy and tact; and proficient with web-based applications, word processing and desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and databases.


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