The Learning Designer (LD) applies knowledge of learning science and instructional design models to assist faculty in the design of online and blended courses. This position provides ad-hoc consultation and support; designs and delivers faculty workshops; and oversees the work of student assistants, interns, and part-time personnel. The LD collaborates with a team of learning designers, learning technologists, multimedia specialists, content editor, and interface designers to design and develop high quality learning experiences for NU School of Professional Studies (SPS) students.
Collaborate with staff on the Distance Learning team in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) and other stakeholders at the University to design, develop, and support high quality online and blended courses.
Communicate effectively with stakeholders to ensure a high degree of understanding and transparency of the online course design process.
Support faculty with the integration of learning technologies in their instruction.
Ensure that instructional material is ADA compliant.
Leverage open educational resources.
Review existing online courses to identify and suggest design revisions.
Design and deliver faculty development workshops.
Provide ad hoc consulting, in-person and virtually, to faculty.
Remain current with research and trends in learning science, learning design practice, and learning technologies.
Represent SPS Distance Learning at conferences and professional development events.
Supervise student assistants, interns and part-time personnel, as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
A Master’s degree in instructional design, learning science, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and comparable skills.
At least one year of formal or informal experience designing online and blended courses in a higher education context. Master's students who will be completing their program and ABDs are encouraged to apply.
Experience with project management.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to be a team player.
Experience and adeptness with learning technology platforms and tools, for example, Google Drive, Adobe Connect, Camtasia, VoiceThread, Panopto.
Strong analytical skills to process complex information and translate, and incorporate the information into effective, engaging course designs.
Experience with best-practices for making learning accessible to students with disabilities. Experience with open educational resources.
Excellent attention to detail, especially in grammar, punctuation, and proofreading.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Ph.D. or Ed.D. In instructional design, learning science or related field or the equivalent combination of education and comparable skills.
Two or more years of experience working with faculty in a higher education environment to design courses in online and blended formats.
Online teaching experience in a higher education environment.
Experience supporting a learning management system. Knowledge of Canvas is preferred.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience with project management software such as Asana.
Experience with Quality Matters.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.