Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations. We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives. We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.
Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for a Sr Instructional Designer.
The Instructional Designer II position is part of the College’s instructional design team which provides pedagogical and instructional design consultation and support services for effectively developing distance and hybrid courses as well as using academic technologies to support on-campus courses and instruction.
The instructional designer works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and staff to create distance or hybrid courses, including transforming conventional courses to distance or hybrid modes of instruction. Additionally, the designer supports faculty use of the learning management system and other academic technologies to support on-ground courses and learning experiences. In consultation with faculty members the designer will identify and apply the appropriate blend of pedagogy and technology into course design, guide the selection and development of instructional strategies for the distance, hybrid, and on-ground teaching and learning environment, and recommend appropriate learning tools to achieve course objectives based on education research and best practices. The designer will provide expert consultation on design alternatives, and appropriately apply state-of-the-art synchronous and asynchronous distance instructional design models to courses. The designer will develop and lead faculty workshops based on sound pedagogic principles, work independently and as a member of a team, establish positive working relationships with a wide range of people within an academic community.
The Instructional Designer II position may also serve as the technical lead to the Faculty Media Studio and supervises, schedules, designs, develops, and produces media of multiple types to support in-person, hybrid, remote instruction and online courses. Primary responsibilities include all phases of managing highly complex video recording and production equipment and producing high-quality media to meet instructor course goals. The Instructional Designer II manages the collaborative faculty media studio at Columbia College Chicago and will assist in developing a one-button studio for easy faculty use.
This position involves accessing highly confidential student, faculty and financial information on a variety of software applications. The Instructional Designer II will protect confidential information against any threats or hazards of integrity, unauthorized access, or unauthorized use.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT:
- Provide design expertise for the development and support of online, hybrid, distance instruction and conventional courses and programs.
- Design of courses, content, and instructional strategies that are sustainable and can be easily replicated across a program for consistency.
- Apply professional instructional design skills to articulate course design, map learning objectives/outcomes to learning activities and assessments, and select vetted and approved appropriate technologies and tools to achieve course learning goals and promote learner engagement.
- Works closely with all team members to identify, research and implement innovative and emerging technologies that provide platforms for collaborative and engaging student learning experiences.
- Consult with faculty on best-practices of classroom lecturing capturing and remote instructional video requirements.
- Monitor courses to collect feedback to refine materials, instruction and course design.
- Engage with associations that deal with Instructional Design, such as Educause, Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium, SlateGroup and other professional associations to keep abreast of best practices and technologies.
- Remain current with evolving technologies and trends, providing cutting-edge course design, development and delivery options and services.
- Assist with the development, and implementation of an evaluation process for courses. Analyze data received from evaluations and use data to identify and recommend continuous improvement opportunities for courses.
- May lead and support special projects, as required.
- Create and facilitate research-based professional development opportunities/programs for faculty, including individual consultation, online training materials, workshops, and online courses.
- Conduct outreach to faculty and stakeholders to increase engagement with Academic Technology
- Provide instructional technology training and consulting through in person individual and group meetings, and asynchronous workshops.
- Participate and assist in providing training and communication materials to faculty to support creation and maintenance of high-quality online learning materials.
- Perform other related duties/responsibilities as assigned or required.
FACULTY MEDIA STUDIO, if assigned:
- May Act as the technical lead to the Faculty Media Studio and supervise, schedule, design, develop, and produce media of multiple types to support in-person, hybrid, remote instruction and online courses.
- Effectively apply knowledge of the Canvas learning management system and video distribution platforms like Canvas Studio to achieve the delivery of engaging online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of digital learning technology.
- Provide support for testing content and tools to meet ADA requirements, research and document copyright for embedded media and other non-faculty-created content.
- Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design, Distance Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or Education Technology. Master’s degree preferred. Certification in Instructional Design preferred.
- Five or more years of experience in designingin an academic learning environment preferably including distance learning. Experience in an online higher education or corporate training setting preferred.
- Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and staff from diverse professional and academic disciplines with varying degrees of technology competence.
- Ability to mentor and train junior staff.
- Demonstrates ability to use varying styles, approaches, skills, and techniques that reflect an understanding and acceptance of the rule of culture in diverse, multicultural works space.
- Experience in design of courses, content, and instructional strategies that are sustainable and can be easily replicated across a program for consistency.
- Thorough knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including needs analysis, backwards design, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches including lecture, discussion, activities, projects, etc.
- Familiar with online course design standards, preferably Quality Matters or Online Learning Consortium.
- Demonstrates ability to work independently as well as in a team environment and manage small to large multifaceted projects, including the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrates expertise working with system-level and campus-wide course/learning management and delivery tools.
- Demonstrates ability to develop and deliver training to individuals and groups in person and virtually.
- Familiar with Microsoft O365 products, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneDrive and Teams and other webinar platforms such as Zoom and best methods to integrate into course design and development.
- Demonstrate experience in graphic design and digital photography.
- Excellent videography and video editing skills.
- Strong Adobe Creative Suite skills, including Adobe Premiere Pro.
At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.
We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.
Position subject to a background screening.
This is a non-union position.
This position is not overtime eligible.
Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.