Instructional Designer

Job description

TITLE: Instructional Designer                                                                                                                   

DEPARTMENT:  Office of Distance Learning                                                     

REPORTS TO: Director of Distance Education and Instructional Design


EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time        





Under the direction of the Office of Distance Education, the position of Instructional Designer coordinates and performs specialized duties related to online course design, professional learning for faculty and staff, effective instructional delivery methods, course deployment, partner application training design, and content alignment with Quality Matters Standards as well as course and programs learning goals. 



  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Distance Education to facilitate and support the successful implementation of online programs and courses.
  • Apply research-based learning theory and proven instructional design principles to create engaging course designs within established processes to keep up with current trends in instructional technologies, the industry, and higher education.
  • Cultivate close, collaborative and professional working relationships with faculty, subject matter experts (SMES), and other members of the development team.
  • Create student-centered learning experiences when designing courses to include a global audience.
  • Design content applying competency-based instruction design methods aligned with Quality Matters Standards in appropriate disciplinary and pedagogical contexts.
  • Track and report regularly to the Director of Distance Education on status and progress throughout the course design and development process.
  • Write, maintain, and enforce Instructional Design processes.
  • Assists with the development, presentation and evaluation of innovative, responsive faculty development materials and events with an emphasis on active learning.
  • Researches, organizes, creates, and presents group and individualized faculty development sessions to support high-quality, current best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Designs and provides faculty development activities, in service training and innovations, selection and construction of materials, and instructional uses of new technologies.
  • Coaches faculty on the application of adult learning principles to online, remote and classroom delivery methods, training program design, development, and evaluation.
  • Consults with the director, schools, and colleges to implement best learning practices and standards for course design and delivery.
  • Assist in the process and review of course design and delivery.
  • Research past student records related to course activity, attendance enrollment, or educational progress as requested.
  • Assist in the training of faculty, staff, students, and others facilitating high quality online programs and course deployment; provide support to ensure student success in online programs; support the efficient use of learning management system resources supporting teaching and learning.
  • Maintain a variety of files, records, and reports.  Run queries and reports as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

    OTHER DUTIES: Perform other duties as assigned.



    Any combination equivalent to: A Master’s Degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, or related field and three (3) years’ experience working with learning management systems. 



  • Deep understanding of instructional learning design models
  • Understanding of adult learning  methodologies
  • Ability to create, develop, share, and manipulate learning content using a variety of technology
  • Familiar with learning management system operations and how content can be shared and distributed
  • Storyboarding, imagery creation, and idea development to achieve learning or project outcomes
  • Lead through project management attributes of course design and training development
  • Essential written, communication, and presentation skills
  • The ability to create effective assessments, strategies for measuring outcomes against learning and program objectives.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position does not have any supervisory responsibility.




  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

  • KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.




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    Job No:
    Posted: 10/1/2020
    Application Due: 11/30/2020
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