ID position at Dalhousie Centre for Learning & Teaching

Job Location: Halifax City

 Instructional Designer
Centre for Learning & Teaching

Dalhousie University is a vibrant community of 12 faculties, 6,000 faculty and staff, and 18,500 students. An influential driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development, Dalhousie has campuses in Halifax and Truro and a satellite of its Medical School in Saint John, New Brunswick. The university, poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018, is united in a purpose-driven quest to make a lasting impact on the world. For the fourth consecutive year, Dalhousie is proud to be named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Dalhousie University  identifies and offers innovation in programs, excellence in teaching and pedagogy as one of its key strategic directions.  Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching, and working within the CLT team (which includes one additional instructional designer, as well as 14 other educational development and administrative staff) the Instructional Designer will support educational development, instructional design and course development (in primarily online and blended environments), and provide ongoing expertise related to educational technologies to enhance the Dalhousie learning environment.  Dalhousie has just completed a Learning Management System (LMS) review and will be migrating to a new LMS environment over the coming year.

Key Responsibilities:

• Advise faculty/instructors on effective instructional design, methodology, and pedagogical qualities of online and blended courses, and advise on the effective use of educational technologies.
• Provide expert advice to faculty/instructors regarding online and blended teaching and learning strategies, including the development of learning outcomes, activities, assessments, and the integration of appropriate educational technologies.
• Collaborate with the members of the Dalhousie community (particularly faculty, instructors, and other instructional technologies support staff) to ensure online and blended course and community spaces and other educational technology initiatives fulfill teaching and learning needs and expectations campus-wide.
• Direct the design, development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of a series of faculty/instructor workshops on the design and development of online and blended learning.
• Manage assigned instructional design and course development projects.
• Design online and blended learning templates (and accompanying resources) in Dalhousie’s Learning Management System that follow instructional design principles as well as provide recommendations to ensure consistency and accessibility.
• Lead the resolution of pedagogical problems and challenges connected to online and blended learning, and educational technologies at Dalhousie.
• Stay current in the eLearning and instructional design literature, and current best practices in online and blended learning in higher education, that might be used effectively at Dalhousie.

Completion of a Master’s degree in Education with focus on instructional design or educational technology (or equivalent), with a preference for the completion of, or concurrent registration in, a PhD in instructional design or educational technology.  Three to five years professional experience in a related field, which includes instructional design, higher education teaching and learning, educational technology, and distributed education in higher education.  Demonstrated knowledge of the use of educational technologies at the higher education level, as well as strong course design and project management skills (particularly focused on supporting online and blended learning), is required.  Training or experience in educational and curriculum development in higher education is desirable.

As an employer of choice, Dalhousie University offers an attractive total compensation package, including a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance plan, and a tuition assistance program.

Apply on-line by March 23, 2015.
Salary Range:  $63,386 – $85,758  per annum (ADM-07). (This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months).
This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).


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