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Instructional Design Jobs in Higher Ed
Melissa A. Venable, PhD & Amy J. Hilbelink, PhD
TCC 2015 – Online Conference – #TCC...
https://teachonline.asu.edu/2013/10/introducing-the-asu-instructional-designers/
What
is an
I.D.?
HigherEdJobs.com
– 25 open vacancy announcements
– “Instructional Designer” job title
– posted by colleges and universitie...
What do Instructional Designers Do?
• What are higher education employers looking
for?
• What technical skills are needed?...
What are higher ed employers looking for?
Task/Function N (25) %
Consult, guide faculty on new course design/dev, selectio...
Technology Skills n (20) %
Learning Management Systems 11 55
Multimedia design and production 9 45
“Instructional technolo...
What administrative skills are needed?
Task/Function
Consult, guide faculty on new course design/dev, selection of instruc...
Master’s 12 positions 48%
Bachelor’s 11 44%
Bachelor’s or Master’s 2 8%
Instructional Design 18 positions 72%
Instructiona...
Other “duties as assigned”… ?!
• Represent department on campus
committees
• Identify and recommend OER
• Manage contracto...
Vacancy Announcement – Part 1
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER (entry level)
Position Description
Consult with and guide faculty on ...
Vacancy Announcement– Part 2
Technology skills
– Learning Management System(s) <- which one(s)?
– Multimedia Design and Pr...
Tips for Hiring Managers
• Identify your emerging needs – upcoming
projects, initiatives, restructuring.
• Identify any sk...
Tips for Future Instructional Designers
• Review current job announcements.
– Are you a good fit?
– Where do you need to i...
Where is the best professional
development for instructional
designers?
“In this challenging economy,
it's up to workers t...
Melissa A. Venable, PhD
– OnlineColleges.net
– melissa.a.venable@gmail.com
– www.linkedin.com/in/melissavenable/
Amy J. Hi...
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Help Wanted: Instructional Design Jobs in Higher Ed

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What skills are required of today’s instructional designers in higher education? Whether working as part of an academic department, centralized online education group, or faculty development office, the role is increasingly complex and varied to meet the needs of different faculty members, courses, programs, students, and administrators. This session addresses setting realistic expectations for the current work of instructional designers in higher education, and offer a look at how these jobs are being advertised.

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Help Wanted: Instructional Design Jobs in Higher Ed

  1. 1. Instructional Design Jobs in Higher Ed Melissa A. Venable, PhD & Amy J. Hilbelink, PhD TCC 2015 – Online Conference – #TCC20th
  2. 2. https://teachonline.asu.edu/2013/10/introducing-the-asu-instructional-designers/ What is an I.D.?
  3. 3. HigherEdJobs.com – 25 open vacancy announcements – “Instructional Designer” job title – posted by colleges and universities – minimum requirements/qualifications
  4. 4. What do Instructional Designers Do? • What are higher education employers looking for? • What technical skills are needed? • What administrative skills are needed? • What are the expectations for education and prior experience? • Are there “other duties” to consider?
  5. 5. What are higher ed employers looking for? Task/Function N (25) % Consult, guide faculty on new course design/dev, selection of instructional strategies 17 68 Provide faculty development resources such as workshops, training materials, tutorials 16 64 Collaborate with faculty on course design, development, implementation 15 60 Work under specific approach or theoretical direction 13 52 Project management duties 12 48 Evaluate or test emerging edtech, delivery methods, trends, best practices 12 48 Implement, oversee quality assurance practices 11 44 Administer or support course production in LMS, assessment systems in collaboration with IT resources 11 44 Design and develop learning and support materials for faculty and/or students 11 44 Revise or assist faculty with revision of existing courses, periodic course reviews 9 36 Provide first-line tech support to faculty 6 24
  6. 6. Technology Skills n (20) % Learning Management Systems 11 55 Multimedia design and production 9 45 “Instructional technologies” 7 35 Graphic design and editing 6 30 Web design 6 30 MS Office (spreadsheets, documents, presentations) 5 25 HTML – Digital Media – Web-based Communication Tools Web 2.0 technologies – Cross-platform – Web Conferencing Social Media – Mobile Devices – PHP – Desktop Publishing K-12 Technologies – Animation – Cloud-based Tools Instant Messaging and Texting – Internet Skills Coding and Scripting What technical skills are needed?
  7. 7. What administrative skills are needed? Task/Function Consult, guide faculty on new course design/dev, selection of instructional strategies Provide faculty development resources such as workshops, training materials, tutorials Collaborate with faculty on course design, development, implementation Project management duties Evaluate or test emerging edtech, delivery methods, trends, best practices Implement, oversee quality assurance practices Administer or support course production in LMS, assessment systems in collaboration with IT resources Revise or assist faculty with revision of existing courses, periodic course reviews Provide first-line tech support to faculty
  8. 8. Master’s 12 positions 48% Bachelor’s 11 44% Bachelor’s or Master’s 2 8% Instructional Design 18 positions 72% Instructional Technology 13 52% Education 6 24% Educational Technology 6 24% Curriculum Design 4 16% 3 years 5 positions 5 2 3-5 2 2 2 1-3 2 DEGREE FIELDOFSTUDY EXPERIENCE What are the expectations for education and experience?
  9. 9. Other “duties as assigned”… ?! • Represent department on campus committees • Identify and recommend OER • Manage contractor deliverables • Event planning • ____________ What tasks have you experienced?
  10. 10. Vacancy Announcement – Part 1 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER (entry level) Position Description Consult with and guide faculty on new course design and development projects. Assist with selection of instructional strategies. Provide faculty development resources such as workshops/webinars, training materials, and self-paced tutorials. Collaborate with faculty members on course design, development, and implementation. Manage course production process. Apply a specific approach or theoretical direction to design and development.
  11. 11. Vacancy Announcement– Part 2 Technology skills – Learning Management System(s) <- which one(s)? – Multimedia Design and Production <- software, etc. Administrative skills – Consulting <- consider context – Collaboration <- internal and external opportunities – Project Management <- related responsibilities – Evaluation and Testing <- usability, pilots, data collection/analysis – Faculty and/or Student Support <- 1on1, resources, troubleshooting Experience and Education – Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree <- pros and cons – Three years related experience <- what would you accept?
  12. 12. Tips for Hiring Managers • Identify your emerging needs – upcoming projects, initiatives, restructuring. • Identify any skill gaps within current team. • Set realistic expectations for balancing education-experience. • Connect with academic programs. • _______________
  13. 13. Tips for Future Instructional Designers • Review current job announcements. – Are you a good fit? – Where do you need to improve, expand, focus? • Find opportunities to get practical experience. – Start a portfolio: collect work samples and testimonials, recommendations • Network with colleagues/classmates, career centers, colleges, and professional organizations. • Keep learning; stay current. The work is evolving! • _____________ Share your ideas!
  14. 14. Where is the best professional development for instructional designers? “In this challenging economy, it's up to workers to make sure they learn the skills they need.” - PayScale.com
  15. 15. Melissa A. Venable, PhD – OnlineColleges.net – melissa.a.venable@gmail.com – www.linkedin.com/in/melissavenable/ Amy J. Hilbelink, PhD – Laureate Online Education – ahilbelink@gmail.com – www.linkedin.com/in/amyhilbelink/ Enjoy the conference!

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