The American University of Paris is seeking an Instructional Designer to take a leadership role in planning and development of instructional design, technology and teaching tools at AUP while also managing our Academic Resource Center. The Instructional Designer manages ARC’s academic support programs and provides guidance to the faculty in the design and use of innovative pedagogies and learning technologies to enhance course delivery.
Key Functions/Core Responsibilities
The ideal candidate will have a combination of skills and experience: familiarity with current and emerging technologies, experience advising faculty about course design and delivery, teaching and/or training at a university level, and experience providing support services to enable student academic success.
Provide expertise in the planning and development of instructional design, technology and teaching tools, integrated into the curriculum, and aligned with course objectives.
Consult with faculty to ensure that course design, active-learning exercises and assessments are aligned to curricular goals, student outcomes and learning objectives.
Serve as the primary collaborator assisting faculty in designing or redesigning course materials for student-centered learning for all types of course development whether traditional, hybrid or online.
Design digital course content with faculty members, assist with curricular development, and the integration of tools for teaching and learning.
Suggest and create appropriate instructional technology tools (e.g., integrated applications, interactive maps, assessment tools, storyboards, digital badges, etc.) to aid faculty in accomplishing their student learning goals.
Assist with the summative evaluation of all projects to ensure that instruction is designed to produce effective learning and student success.
Manage the Academic Resource Center (ARC)’s activities and ensure collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to support faculty in the use of academic technologies and active-learning exercises.
Responsible for ARC personnel management as well as supervision of ARC support services, providing leadership as needed.
Responsible for ARC budgets and decision-making; manage the recruitment of tutors and is responsible for the allocation of grants for peer-tutoring programs.
Research, recommend, create and implement appropriate educational technologies and tools, while assisting faculty with course development, design, assessment and evaluation.
Provide direction for digital projects, mobile technologies, and lecture capture; assists with faculty workshops and pedagogical events proposed by the TLC.
Maintain current knowledge of research pertaining to higher education, emerging technologies, digital and hybrid pedagogy, universal design and learning theory.
Support the e-Learning process, working closely with colleagues in ARC, faculty and students on platforms, rubrics, tests, and other digital content.
Consult with the Office of Academic Integrity and serves as advisor to the Honor Board; maintain plagiarism-detection software and consult with the Writing Lab on initiatives to combat plagiarism and cheating.
Serve on as an ex-officio member of the curriculum committee as well as other committees as assigned by the Provost.
Collaboration and Teamwork
Collaborate with the Writing Lab to support the continued development and improvement of tutoring solutions for students.
Support the TLC and AUP faculty: consult with the TLC Director and faculty fellows to explore instructional technology solutions, in particular for projects in the Digital Humanities; support the online course development process, working closely with the TLC Director and faculty to develop, implement and assess content; assist with faculty workshops and pedagogical events proposed by the TLC.
Liaise with IT/Multimedia staff regarding the acquisition and maintenance of any hardware and software necessary for the use of instructional technology in the curriculum.
Consult with the IT Director on all subjects relating to new tools and technology and work with the IT Director before proposing the use of such tools.
Engage with professional organizations and activities that can help advance the objectives of Academic Affairs and AUP’s global presence; attend and participate in AMICAL, Educause, and other higher-education conferences. Keeps abreast of emerging trends and certifications (e.g., following this type of course:
Responsible for assessment initiatives for ARC to assess pedagogies, methodologies, and strategies for successfully integrating technology into the teaching and learning process as well as academic and administrative assessment as needed and where appropriate.
Minimum Master’s degree in Education, Instructional Design, Educational Technology or a closely related field.
At least five years’ experience working in a higher education environment.
Knowledge of current educational technology practices, emerging trends and technologies that support teaching and learning.
Clear understanding of curricular development, learning theories, and academic assessment; active participation in the EdTech community.
Native speaker competency in English (bilingual English/French appreciated).
Demonstrated experience working with learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas) and familiarity with the integration of third-party tools (e.g., Respondus, Persuall, etc.).
Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, common desktop applications, and presentation software. Ability to design course content for both Windows and Mac operating systems
Strong project management, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Interest in working in a dynamic and flourishing educational environment.
Experience in multi-modal teaching and learning – synchronous, asynchronous, face-to-face, remote and hybrid.
Experience with mobile and interactive applications for teaching and learning.
Experience developing multi-media content and Web presentations.
Visual design skills and ability to storyboard.
Demonstrated knowledge of teaching methods and/or teaching experience at the higher education level.
Excellent knowledge of learning theories, data visualization, analytics, and instructional design models.