Instructional Design Job Listing

Kim Hefty

EDTECH 503 ID Job Posting

June 18, 2013

The following is a fabricated job description created for Ed Tech 503: Instructional Design for the M.E.T. program at Boise State University.  This is not a real job posting.   Included at the end of this post is a brief reflection on the similarities and differences between a teacher and an instructional designer.

PART 1 – SYNTHESIS

Job Posting:  Instructional Designer (Math)

Institution: Sammamish Mathematics Institute (SMI)

Location: Sammamish, WA USA

Title: Instructional Designer

Posted: June 18, 2013

Application Due: August 30, 2013

Job Type: Administration, Full-Time

Job Description:

Sammamish Mathematics Institute is seeking a full-time instructional designer to work with all academic levels of mathematics for the institution’s online instructional presence. The right candidate for this full-time position will: collaborate with current mathematics instructors to assist them in developing online courses, including instruction modules, online syllabus, online course interactions, online multimedia interactions; work with the faculty to design engaging and interactive online learning activities; and be part of a collaborative team of instructional designers. Candidates are expected to provide pedagogical and technical support to faculty by applying instructional design oversight and active learning principles in the development process. This person will also be responsible for leading the institute’s professional development of online learning. Additional duties required.

Duties/Required skills/Knowledge/Background:

Duties:

  • Collaborate with all levels of mathematics instructors and instructional design team
  • Supervise, design, coordinate and maintain online instruction modules
  • Research, design and produce instructional math content, including assessments
  • Develop and lead professional development workshops for faculty and staff to develop online learning modules
  • Organize the selection and implementation of instructional tools and strategies that are aligned to learning standards
  • Provide professional and technical support and training to staff
  • Implement educational theory and best practices
  • Coordinate and implement current standards of on-line instruction
  • Provide leadership and expertise to staff for online design, and course development, evaluation, and revision
  • Research and implement emerging trends and technologies in instructional design
  • Perform other job-related duties as required

Required Skills:

  • Must possess curriculum expertise
  • Must be a certified mathematics teacher
  • Ability to integrate resources, information and policies
  • Strong working knowledge of instructional design
  • Ability to work with and meet aggressive deadlines
  • Experience in multiple research methodologies and techniques
  • Experience with instructional design of both instructor led and web-based curriculum
  • Knowledge of applications and technologies in the current education market
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and online students
  • Ability to easily adapt to, and learn new technologies

Desired skills:

  • Master’s degree in technology or instructional design
  • A working knowledge of Moodle LMS, resources and activities, including Moodle test bank
  • A working knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Instructional technology and/or design experience in developing online tutorials and other learning objects
  • Experience with evaluation tools and applying data in decision-making processes
  • Experience with editing and proofreading
  • Experience with Graphic Design and audio/visual production
  • Working knowledge of Common Core Standards
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology tools such as Flash, Captivate, PowerPoint
  • Experience developing digital tutorials
  • Ability to train users from a wide-range of technological experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of pedagogy theory and curriculum development
  • Project management skills

Application Requirements

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum resume, and three references to SammamishMath@live.com

PART 2 – REFLECTION

Teachers and instructional designers have very similar roles and responsibilities.  More and more we are even seeing the two merged together, as in my fictitious job posting.  Both teachers and instructional designers focus on instruction but from varying viewpoints.  Both face the same challenges of integrating modern technology in instruction. Yet there are still some key differences, such as the level and complexity of the planning process, the application and implementation of instruction, and the focus of the assessment and reflection processes.

The roles and responsibilities of teachers are constantly changing and evolving.  More and more teachers, specifically high school and higher education teachers, are expected to be subject matter “experts.”    But today’s teachers are expected to do much more than just share their personal expertise.  Today’s teacher is expected to be a mentor and counselor to more and more students.  When I left teaching in a traditional high school classroom, I had an average of 36 students per class (one class as large as 42), I was the Math Department Chair, Chair of the Site Council, Junior Class advisor, PTSA liaison, and supervisor of the boys spirit team “The Olympians.” A teacher’s job is not just to teach students how to learn and acquire knowledge; it is so much more.  Teachers also have to work with a variety of learning styles and motivate their students, catering to the individual needs of each and every student. The role of a modern teacher is extremely diverse.

One expectation that teachers have, that instructional designers do not have, is short-term planning for implementation. Teachers need to plan every second of every day for their students.  This planning does not have to be so formal as to be written down. Teachers also must be extremely flexible, able to change their plans without notice during the instructional process. In some cases, it becomes a challenge to stay on the original course one intended as a teacher due to the needs of the students. Many times as a teacher I have had to abandon a plan because the students simply did not have the foundational skills I expected and needed in order to proceed.  I have also found that in terms of priorities, the main goal of the teacher is to evaluate and assess the learner, i.e. test rather than focus on the planning-teaching-learning process and its outcomes.

An instructional designer, on the other hand, works with teachers, faculty, and staff to design and develop a wide variety of course content and learning activities in a web-based learning platform. An instructional designer will analyze the best way to present course information so as to enhance the learning experiences. An instructional designer is a collaborator with the faculty and staff.  The instructional designer rarely interacts with the students. The overall goal of an instructional designer is create a product that flows smoothly from the beginning to the end where all the information needed to understand the product is presented in a systematic way. In some cases the instructional designer does not have to a working knowledge of the subject; however for my “job posting” and in my opinion the instructional designer should.  Instructional designers determine the need for instruction.  Instructional designers need to know what they want the audience to do better and how to enhance the learning process.

Although there are many similarities between Instructional Designers and teachers, there are three major differences between them.   First, a teacher delivers the content instruction; they are constantly and directly interacting with the students. Instructional designers work with instructors, administrators, and staff, generally not students.  Second, the teacher constantly and immediately evaluates and assesses the learning process, providing direct feedback to the students.  The designer needs to wait for the feedback from the teacher to revamp the structure and/or content of the course design.  Third, the designer is almost exclusively focused on the process whereas a teacher is focused on the students. The designer evaluates the impact of the instruction design on learning. The designer develops how the instruction should be displayed or presented. The teacher and instructional designer jobs are similar in some ways, but very different in other ways.  Each plays an important role in the educational and instructional process. Every teacher would benefit from a good instructional designer.

PART 3 – Job Posting URLs

  1.  Texas Woman’s University, Instructional Design Specialist  http://www.twu.edu/downloads/comp-classification/Instructional_Design_Specialist.pdf
  2. Texas Tech University  https://jobs.texastech.edu/postings/54912
  3. Best Headhunters.com  http://bestheadhunters.com/index.php?page=jobdetail&jobcode=1320

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