The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nomination applications for the position of Learning Designer in the Center for Educational Innovation. The CEI Learning Designer will directly support university faculty, teaching assistants and staff. The center employs a faculty learning community model with most offerings being delivered through in-person workshops or facilitated online learning. The learning designer will engage constituents in the design, development and continuous improvement of existing and new online instructional content. The candidate will review existing faculty training content in the areas of course design and teaching pedagogy, and revise content to reflect online course production and delivery. The learning designer will train faculty in these areas at on-site customized workshops and online experiences. Utilizing a continuous improvement model, workshop feedback and best practices will be collected and shared via templates, workshops and web-content to serve the wider university community. Evidence of strong presentation and instructional skills in both group, online and one-on-one settings are of the highest priorities for this position.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Create faculty development content and experiences.
- Deliver content to faculty through in-person and online experiences.
- Use a continuous improvement model to persistently revise and update content and activities.
Identify faculty development needs and plan educational events to address learning needs
The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) at the University at Buffalo delivers faculty development in instructional design, online learning, learning paradigms, active learning, assessment and instructional technologies through UB’s online and in-person Faculty Academies. CEI also provides faculty and student support for UBlearns, the university’s online learning management system. CEI plays a crucial role in the university’s ongoing commitment to creating an environment of innovation and educational entrepreneurship for faculty. CEI’s Faculty Collaboration Studio provides faculty with a dedicated space to experiment with new teaching and learning trends, adaptable learning spaces and emerging educational technologies. For more information, please visit the CEI website at http://buffalo.edu/ubcei
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages, http://www.buffalo.edu/administrative-services/for-faculty-staff/benefits/s….
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Bachelor’s degree in education, curriculum and design, learning science or related field with demonstrated success in the following areas:
- Demonstrated abilities to develop content and actively engage audience in dynamic interactive workshops delivered in group and one-on-one settings in online, blended and on-campus formats.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize recognized design models (backwards design, ADDIE, etc.) to create and continuously improve faculty development programs focused on pedagogy, assessment, learning strategies, instructional technology, student learning outcomes and emerging areas of faculty development as related to innovative online teaching and learning.
- Demonstrated abilities to design and facilitate online courses that have led to successful student learning outcomes.
And demonstrated competency in the following areas:
- Experience in the practical application of instructional design theory.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a varied constituency including faculty, staff, students and industry representatives.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with evidence of success in collaborative projects.
- Proficiency in utilizing web conferencing tools for professional meetings and as a teaching tool (e.g. WebEx, Skype).
- Knowledge of video lecture and screen capture tools for teaching (e.g. Camtasia, Panopto).
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Google Drive (Docs, Sheets and Slides).
Master’s degree in education, curriculum and design, learning science or related field.
Evidence supporting expertise and/or experience in online learning and course development should be highlighted. This includes matching appropriate online pedagogy to curriculum, understanding of online visual hierarchies and graphic design, ability to create and organize content in compliance with web accessibility policies, creating engaged and motivated online learners through visual storytelling and interactive learning activities and creating effective online formative and summative assessment activities.