Instructional Designer for Distance Learning

  • Distance Learning
  • Instructional Designer
  • Pineville, LA

Website Louisiana Christian University

Louisiana Christian University seeks a qualified and experienced Instructional Designer to work
collaboratively with administrative and faculty leadership. The Instructional Designer leads the
design, development, and redesign of interactive online courses using a variety of digital
resources and collaborates with subject matter experts (SMEs) to design, develop and revise
courses in a way which enhances student engagement and learning outcomes. The successful
candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the pedagogical practices that support technology-enhanced and online learning, as well as experience with a wide range of learning technologies
that support high-quality teaching and learning in online environments. The continuous learning
and dissemination of knowledge of the latest proven tools and techniques by the Instructional
Designer will be essential in order to foster the highest possible level of proficiency among
faculty members. In addition, the Instructional Designer actively facilitates faculty development
in pedagogy/androgogy, instructional design theory, and techniques and technologies that
facilitate learning through consultations, seminars, and workshops. The Instructional Designer
works with the Faculty Support Specialist to provide troubleshooting support to ensure all
personnel are effectively delivering instruction using the Learning Management System and
related teaching tools within the department and courses. The Instructional Designer works with
the Coordinator of Distance Learning/Activity Director to recommend procedures to ensure state,
federal, and accreditation policies related to instruction, curriculum, and course design. The
Instructional Designer reports directly to the Coordinator of Distance Learning/Activity Director.

This is a full-time, 12-month position. The appointment begins as soon as the position can be filled.

Duties and Responsibilities
o Develop/lead faculty development training sessions in strategies and tools for
online instruction.
o Develop materials for training sessions, including functional templates for online
learning modules.
o Develop, recommend, and implement instructional guidelines, procedures, and
practices that foster LCU’s online mission and promote student learning and
academic success.
o Meet regularly with deans, chairs, and program directors to receive input on
planning for online curriculum, instruction, and course design.
o Plan, manage, and provide faculty development and training in the use of
instructional technology in course development, assessment of student outcomes,
and best-practice teaching and learning methodologies for online education.
o Provide individualized assistance to faculty redesigning or converting online courses.
o Ensure appropriate Quality Matters standards for quality online education are met or exceeded.
o Analyze student learning outcomes and devise modes of assessment to measure the effectiveness of the outcomes for each course.
o Ensure that course work follows best-practices design and accreditation standards.
o Ensure faith and learning experiences are part of the curriculum design.
o Stay current with trends in online technology and best practices of teaching and learning; make recommendations about potential technological and pedagogical adjustments.
o Demonstrate skills in learning theories to support effective pedagogical and andragogical principles to support the effective teaching and learning of online students (traditional and non-traditional).
o Oversee piloting and evaluation phases of newly redesigned or developed online courses.
o Assist in the Title III Grant Strengthening Institutions Program project evaluation data collection/analysis.
o Assist in institutionalization of Title III Grant Strengthening Institutions Program project initiatives.

Master’s degree in distance education administration, education technology, curriculum and instruction, or instructional design, preferred. Will also consider a master’s degree in business administration, higher education, or a closely related field.
• Substantial experience in online higher education, including teaching online and administrative/supervisory responsibilities.
• Proven work experience in instructional design and with instructional technology in higher education.
• Strong writing, verbal, listening, organizational, and leadership skills required.
• High attention to detail.
• High level of energy, enthusiasm, and motivation.
• Demonstrated training in a course quality initiative, preferably Quality Matters.
• Excellent knowledge of lesson planning, curriculum design, and adult learning theories, instructional design models, strategies, and best practices.
• Ability to plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously and within designated deadlines.
• Knowledge of accreditation standards and SARA agreements.
• Knowledge of streaming audio and video, file types and formats, and experience with learning management software.
• Basic HTML and Flash programming knowledge.
• Solid knowledge of course development and online learning tools and at least one Learning Management System (Turnitin, VoiceThread, Jenzabar, Canvas).
• Visual design skills (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator) and ability to storyboard.
Commented [NM1]: This position doesn’t really need supervisory experience.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate an active Christian faith and a calling to engage in a “Christ-centered community committed to Academic Excellence where students are equipped for Lives of Learning, Leading, and Serving.”

Louisiana Christian University is a private, Baptist, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs, located in Pineville, Louisiana. The University was founded in 1906 and is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Louisiana Baptist Convention. It has an enrollment of about 1,200 students and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Please submit all of the following

1. A cover letter
2. LCU Faculty Application
3. LCU Christian Worldview Form
4. Curriculum Vitae
5. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Inquiries and all submissions should be made to:
Dr. Cheryl D. Clark, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Louisiana Christian University
1140 College Drive
P. O. Box 567
Pineville, LA 71359

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