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The University of Wisconsin Colleges Online is seeking
candidates for the position of Instructional Designer to support its growing program. Areas of
responsibility for this position include new course design and development, course revision,
instructor training, and innovative technology application. The Instructional Designer works in the
Instructional Design Unit and reports to the Instructional Design Program Manager. This position is
located at the University of Wisconsin Colleges Online office in Madison, Wisconsin and requires
presence at that location. Occasional travel may be required.
1. New Course Design and Development 40%
a) Work collaboratively with subject matter
experts in order to design new online courses.
b) Use available technologies including; but not
limited to: communication applications; Web production software; image, audio, video and text
editing software; course management systems; and web-based applications in order to develop high
quality, effective, and engaging online courses.
c) Evaluate the effectiveness of UW College
d) Ensure that all new courses and course components are based on valid
applicable learning theories and best practices for online instruction.
e) Ensure that all new
UW Colleges Online courses comply with applicable laws (FERPA, ADA, Copyright) and UW College Online
f) Ensure that all new UW Colleges Online courses are accessible to individuals who have
2. Course Revision 40%
a) Work collaboratively with subject matter experts in
order to redesign and/ or update existing online courses.
b) Use available technologies
including; but not limited to: communication applications; Web production software; image, audio,
video and text editing software; course management systems; and web-based applications in order to
develop high quality, effective, and engaging online courses.
c) Evaluate the effectiveness of
UW College Online courses.
d) Collect and evaluate data from course evaluations, student
performance data, and other relevant data and use to inform revisions.
e) Ensure that all
courses and course components are based on valid applicable learning theories and best practices for
f) Ensure that all UW Colleges Online courses comply with applicable laws
(FERPA, ADA, Copyright) and UW College Online policy.
g) Ensure that all UW Colleges Online
courses are accessible to individuals who have disabilities.
3. Instructor Training 10%
Provide new and continuing instructor training as needed to launch new and/or newly revised courses.
b) Assist in the development of innovative forms of new and continuing instructor training.
c) Occasionally travel to UW Colleges' campuses to deliver Instructor training.
Innovative Instructional Design/Technology Application 5%
a) Keep current with new and existing
learning and instructional design theories.
b) Keep current with best practices for adult and
online learning and instruction.
c) Keep current of new technologies being used to enhance
student engagement in online environments.
d) Pilot promising technologies in online courses,
collect student and instructor feedback and evaluate the results and make recommendations regarding
adoption or discontinuation.
e) Research and present promising instructional design developments
and technologies to UW Colleges Online staff and instructors.
f) Prepare reports on
instructional design activities for the UW Colleges Online team.
g) Attend UW Colleges Online
team meetings and strategic planning sessions.
h) Participate in professional development
activities within and outside of UW Colleges.
5. Other Duties 5%
a) Participate in meetings
with the UW Colleges, Central IT, D2L groups, University of Wisconsin Extension Division of
Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning and with other organizations and groups as appropriate
to advance the quality of instructional design.
b) Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in
Instructional Design, Educational/Instructional Technology, or closely related field.
- Master's degree in Instructional Design,
Educational/Instructional Technology, or closely related field.
- Two years of experience
designing/developing online courses.
- Experience teaching and/or training online.
The position will be expected to carry out all of
the duties associated with the position including designing and developing new courses, revising and
maintaining existing courses, training new instructors, and working collaboratively with all members
of the instructional design team. The position must consistently produce work that meets or exceeds
the quality standards of the instructional design unit and complete work in an efficient, timely
The instructional design unit for
UW Colleges Online consists of a program manager, several instructional designers, and support
staff. The instructional design unit is responsible for developing new online courses, maintaining
and revising existing courses, training instructors, providing live support to instructors, and
introducing innovative technologies into courses.
UW Colleges Online is the virtual campus for the 13 University of Wisconsin Colleges
Campuses. Students who take UW Colleges Online classes can earn an Associate of Arts and Science
(AAS) degree entirely online from anywhere with Internet access including home, school, work, or
abroad. UW Colleges professors teach all UW Colleges Online courses. These are the same courses
developed and taught by the same professors who teach in the UW Colleges classrooms. They use the
same learning materials and have adapted and enhanced their courses to the interactive online
environment with assistance of professional instructional designers. The University of Wisconsin's
high academic standards and quality reputation back up every online course offered. UW Colleges
Online has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools since 2001. Its administrative headquarters are currently located in Madison.
Visit the UW Colleges Online Website at http://online.uwc.edu.
The University of Wisconsin Colleges, an institution of the University
of Wisconsin System, has thirteen campuses and a central administrative office in Madison,
Wisconsin. Our mission is to provide freshman-sophomore liberal arts instruction and prepare
students for transfer to a four-year institution. Each campus is also a cultural center for its
community and provides a wide variety of non-credit outreach courses for people of all ages. Visit
the UW College's web page at http://www.uwc.edu.
University of Wisconsin Colleges is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution committed to
diversity and inclusiveness among its employees and programs and actively seeks and encourages
applications from all underrepresented groups. It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations
to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.
requested, confidentiality of application can be maintained until an applicant is deemed a finalist
in the search.
A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates.
All applicants are required to submit via the online process
by submitting a (1) resume and (2) cover letter that SPECIFICALLY addresses how your education and
experience meet each of the MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS for the position by December 5,
2012; It is recommended that you take the time to gather all your documents for the online
application, as all materials must be attached at the time of application. If you have any questions
about the position please contact David Brigham (David.Brigham@uwc.edu).
To apply please click the link below or visit www.uwc.edu/jobs
The University of Wisconsin Colleges is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.