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Instructional Designer & Developer

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Position: Instructional Designer and Developer  

Department: University Libraries

Exempt; MR10



This position designs and develops learning solutions to advance the teaching and research mission of the University Libraries. In consultation with the Head of Teaching & Learning Programs, this person will lead projects, and be responsible for recommending the best technologies to complete projects according to specifications and inclusive design standards. The Designer contributes to the development, implementation, and assessment of the University Libraries' online learning resources. Key functions of this position include the planning, creation, and maintenance of online learning objects, including tutorials and interactive activities, with a focus on sustainable, scalable, and user-centered resource development to meet defined learning outcomes and goals. This position will work in both self-directed and collaborative roles to create and enhance processes for the creation, upkeep, and evaluation of online learning resources. A primary focus of this position will be to provide technical expertise for the integration of library materials and resources into the campus learning management system. The Instructional Designer and Developer should be self-motivated and adept at learning and applying emerging technologies and inclusive design principles into face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities.


The individual in this position will also design and facilitate training sessions and resources for the Libraries' faculty and staff, to advance their work engaging with students and instructors in synchronous and asynchronous environments.



    Supports and enhances the UT Libraries' online learning infrastructure:Designs, develops, assesses and maintains web-based tutorials, learning objects, materials, and courses that support defined learning outcomes and programmatic goalsApplies current pedagogical and inclusive design principles to the selection and implementation of strategies and technologies to support online learning Consults with supervisor and Libraries' colleagues to identify priorities and recommend technologies, techniques, and strategies for successful project completion Performs needs assessments to determine project specifications Conducts evaluations of resources developed and contributes to regular assessment and reporting of statistics and observations of usability and effectiveness Tests and validates technological procedures or processes related to learning content delivery and uses innovative approaches to solve problems
Provides support and technical expertise for platforms that support instruction and user engagement, including: Integrating the Libraries' instructional materials and learning resources into the Canvas learning management system, particularly through the use of LTI functionality and the Canvas Commons Working with University and Libraries' partners to integrate online learning offerings into appropriate platforms, such as LibGuides, and ensure alignment with adaptive and assistive technology requirements Providing ongoing support and technical expertise for delivered resources, technologies, and platforms that support instruction and user engagement Providing consultation services and training to Libraries' colleagues, including advice on pedagogical and instructional design theories, and practical guidance on teaching and learning innovations Updating and maintaining the library's instructional web presenceDesigns and facilitates training and best practices guidance to UT Libraries’ faculty and staff focused on the creation, upkeep, and enhancement of online learning resources, including: Developing and contributing to approaches to connect individual learning objects to library and University priorities and initiatives Actively communicating with Libraries' colleagues to learn about their needs and to advance their work in teaching across synchronous and asynchronous modalitiesCollaborating with team member to develop instructional offerings that enhance the Libraries' connection to student success initiativesProvides assistance and guidance on instructional design standards and best practices by:Documenting and sharing procedures with faculty and staff on instructional design standards and practices for creating online instructional materials Consulting with stakeholders concerning user needs, accessibility requirements, usability requirements, campus policies, and best practices for systems, programs, and online materials to support Libraries' instructional services Assisting faculty and staff with creating user-focused instructional materials Conducting training on best practices for usability and inclusive designContributes to departmental and library initiatives by: Supporting Libraries' instruction, engagement, and outreach efforts Contributing to planning, assessment, and other department efforts in meetings and as assigned Participating in professional development, library committees, departmental and library wide meetings, and planning activities



    Bachelor’s degree in Information Science, Instructional Design, or related fieldThree years of experience of designing and developing online instructional tutorials or other learning objects or an equivalent combination of education, training, customer support and demonstrated knowledge and experience is required Demonstrated experience in instructional design and instructional technologies Demonstrated experience creating online tutorials Experience creating training materials and conducting training sessionsAbility to work cooperatively and with others to achieve common goals in a team-based environment Ability to effectively design instructional materials for online, hybrid, and in-person delivery Knowledge of instructional design models, processes, and instructional development methodsDemonstrated knowledge of accessibility and/or universal design principles Ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and through visuals to diverse audiences Ability to work independently on multiple projects Ability to think creatively and problem solve Ability to learn new scripting languages, software, and technologies Knowledge of content development tools such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or Camtasia  Knowledge of web editing tools and/or content management systems


    Five or more years of experience designing/developing online instructional tutorials or other learning objects or an equivalent combination of education, training, customer support and demonstrated knowledge and experience Experience using scripting languages to add interactivity to web-based instructional objects Experience in library or higher education environment Experience teaching in an online or hybrid environment Coursework in instructional technology or design Graphic design experienceKnowledge of course management systems such as Canvas or Blackboard. Knowledge of best practices for developing Web content aligning with inclusive design and accessibility standards. Skilled in working with diverse learner populations, including non-traditional students and adult learners. Knowledge of pedagogy and learning theories

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we put our principles of civility and community into action is available at

Application Procedures


A background check is required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications and a current resume.  


For assistance or questions about using the UT online application system, contact University of Tennessee Human Resources:


105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0213

Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(865) 974-8847

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Library
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 3, 2022, 12:53:16 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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