CIDER session with June Ahn, December 4, 2013

We invite you to the December CIDER session of our 2013-14 season. This free, online session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. June Ahn from the University of Maryland.
Title: Open Education: New developments, needs, and opportunities for research
In this session, Dr. June Ahn will talk about his experiences conducting research with, and about, the Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), which is one of the foremost platforms for online open education. In the talk, Dr. Ahn will shed light on developments such as P2PU, what opportunities these developments provide for education researchers, and the research needs in the near future for those interested in studying open education experiences.
Dr. Ahn is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is an affiliate faculty member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information.
When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit the beta version of our new website:
Please note that it is extremely important to get your system set up prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.
Registration is not required; all are welcome.
We are now taking names of potential speakers to fill the remaining slots in our 2013-14 season of CIDER Sessions. Do you have recent research into distance or online education of interest to our CIDER community? Please send a note, with an abstract describing your study and research methodology, to Dr. Terry Anderson at:

Designers for Learning podcast

Please join us at for our next Designers for Learners webcast on Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. CST. Here is the start time in your area: The webcast will focus on opportunities to develop service-learning and Open Educational Resource (OER) projects to support General Educational Development (GED) test preparation. Our guests for the webcast have extensive experience in OER development, including Ronda Neugebauer and David Wiley of Lumen Learning (, and Quill West, OER Director at Tacoma Community College (

In the past few months, we have received inquiries from nonprofits in need of instructional design help to support GED test preparation, including resources for learners, as well as for staff and volunteers who work as tutors. In 2014, the requirements for the GED test will change significantly from the existing 2002 version of the test. In addition to changes in the content and test items, all students will be required to take the test via computer vs. pencil and paper. Instructional materials are needed to support a range of subject-matter, including math, science, social studies, language arts, and computer use. Please join us to contemplate the adaptation, development, and use of OER as an alternative to existing commercial offerings, such as those in the GED marketplace (

We look forward to seeing you on December 4th! If you can’t make the live session, the recording will be available at or

Jennifer Maddrell

Excellent job opportunity in ID at the University of Saskatchewan

Instructional Designer


Department: Centre for Continuing and Distance Education; Distance Learning, Off-Campus and Certificates Unit

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Status: Term, two years, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent. Position to run January 15, 2014 – January 14, 2016.

Competition No.:  13525-M

Salary Information:  The salary range is $59,517 to $92,996 per annum (Specialist/Professional Phase 2).  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: To consult, train and serve as an Instructional Designer to faculty, administrators, course developers and appropriate departments in the design, development, evaluation and revision of distance learning courses and facilitate in the identification and implementation of instructional innovations related to distance learning.

Nature of Work: Work collaboratively with an instructional design team, subject matter experts and U of S colleges and departments to design and develop distance education courses and programs, revise and/or enhance existing distance education courses and support the integration of technology into traditional teaching practices. Working closely with subject matter experts, this position will identify the needs of a given course or project and propose solutions that synthesize current learning theory, sound teaching practices, and available technologies.  This position provides direction regarding the course design and development process, including conducting needs analysis, preparing course design plans, developing learning outcomes and objectives, developing modules and course syllabi, creating learning activities, selecting and creating media and preparing student evaluation tools.


  • Support teaching and learning through the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of courses and programs for various modes of delivery
  • Apply appropriate pedagogical principles to course and program design and development
  • Ensure timely and professional communication with internal and external stakeholders related to course and program development
  • Practice efficient and effective project management including timelines, budgets and other resources
  • Practice appropriate project documentation and file management procedures to minimize error
  • Manage copyright permissions and processes for course and program development and maintenance to ensure the University is compliant with copyright laws
  • Act as a change agent for continuous quality improvement including curriculum processes, templates and other initiatives for the department and campus
  • Ensure liability and risk is reduced by remaining current with best practices and University policies related to the use of current technologies
  • Participate in ongoing professional development to keep abreast of advancements, innovations and best practices in Instructional Design and educational technologies
  • Actively participate in department and campus wide committees and initiatives to contribute Instructional Design expertise.
  • Provide leadership to faculty, staff and partners related to online learning and technology enhanced education
  • Coordinate  training opportunities for CCDE employees around innovative curriculum design and development technologies and practices

Education: A graduate degree in Instructional Design. Equivalent education and experience will be considered.

Experience: Extensive experience as an instructional designer working in an educational setting in order to guide and construct effective distance course development with faculty is ideal; knowledge of the various modes of course delivery (online, independent studies, multi-mode and live streamed); familiarity with Blackboard learning management is essential.

Skills: Knowledge of adult learning theory and instructional design principles including performance based outcomes assessments; ability to understand and interpret educational needs and develop effective instructional media solutions, working projects from concept through completion; the ability to quickly research, evaluate and recommend the viability of new developments; demonstrated leadership and organizational skills and the ability to address competing demands for resources as well as the ability to build and maintain relationships with the campus community; ability to relate to faculty academically and bridge understanding of pedagogy to distance delivery formats; exceptional verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than November 26, 2013 at 4:30pm.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Cheri Spooner at 306-966-5579 (after Nov. 18) or Jeanette McKee at 306-966-5570.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.