ID Job Posting

Greg Andrade

EdTech 503: ID Job Posting

Part  I – Synthesis

Institution:  Desert Cities Unified School District

Location: Desert Cities, California

Title: Instructional Designer

Posted: September 1, 2012

Application Due: Open until filled

Employment Status: Full-time

Job Description:

Desert Cities Unified School District seeks a full-time Instructional Designer to work within their secondary schools. This position is for professionals that are serious and passionate about online education. This position will ultimately improve school technology in e-learning, online instruction and communication throughout the school district. The candidate will work with staff and administrators to build, develop and facilitate web-based courseware for online programs. This person will also be responsible for developing, designing and implementing curriculum, rubrics instructional modules, instructional tools and multimedia for facilitating in training and professional staff development.

The candidate will:

•  Develop instructional materials, activities and assessment for staff

•  Assist in developing online courses for primary and secondary education

•  Create courseware and tutorials for teachers and trainers

•  Develop multimedia for instruction and training

•  Facilitate training and professional development in online and web-based  learning

•  Assist in facilitating and updating virtual learning environments: Blackboard/Moodle

•  Consult and provide support for educators and district staff

•  Collaborate in technology team environments

•  Apply pedagogical practices and methodologies within the e-learning environment

Required Skills:

•  BA or BS in educational technology, information systems, library science or related field

•  Two to three years experience as an instructional designer

•  Excellent communication and presentation skills

•  Must have advanced experience using Microsoft Office software

•  Experience in HTML and web design

•  General knowledge and experience in Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop

•  Must be able to collaborate with technology professionals and educators

•  General graphic communications knowledge

•  Experience with the use of Web 2.0 tools and technology

•  Knowledge of Core Curriculum Content Standards

•  Knowledge of rubrics and course assessments

Desired Skills:

•  MA in educational technology, information systems, library science or related field

•  Intermediate knowledge in HTML and XHTML and CSS

•  Intermediate experience using Adobe Creative Suite software: (Photoshop, Illustrator,  Acrobat, Flash and Premiere)

•  Intermediate experience in web design and page building skills using Dreamweaver

•  Knowledge and extensive experience in both IBM and Macintosh platforms

•  Knowledge of current and emerging technologies

•  Graphic communications and graphic design experience

Part  II – Reflection

Teachers and instructional designers have two different roles but in the end the objective is the same.

The teacher’s client is the student. The educator builds a safe, low affective filter within a classroom to create a positive learning environment. The teacher manages, organizes and facilitates learning in a classroom filled with thirty or more students. They will use every strategy, whether it be traditional or technological, to deliver the best instruction. They need to adapt to situations and issues daily within that institution therefore, being flexible and able to improvise to fulfill the student needs is essential. The greatest attribute that a teacher can possess is the ability to develop relationships with his/her students. They will encourage, inspire and motivate in every possible way in order to give the student direction; not only within their classroom, but also with the choices the students make in life.

The instructional designer’s client is the teacher and supporting staff. They are responsible for creating the best resources in order for the educator to facilitate the best instruction, as well as specific strategies for the student engagement, which is the primary goal. Instructional designers will create the framework for that particular curriculum using the right technologies to best fit that learning environment. One of the main goals is to develop a systematic, seamless flow from start to finish through methodologies and other theories. Instructional designers create e learning modules, which consist of online classes, workshops, and presentations in order for the educator to be successful within the classroom. Even though the instructional designer will never step foot in a classroom, it is their job to make learning rich and meaningful for the student.

In conclusion, the roles the educator and the instructional designer play might seem very much in contrast however, the objective is the same. Giving the best instruction is the goal; it takes a team to carry it out. However, the differences are clear. The instructional designer create and assemble the best instruction for the learning environment. They also facilitate faculty and staff with the proper resources and direct teachers to deliver the instruction in the best way to be given. Teachers disseminate instruction and assess the outcome in a live classroom setting and experience first hand if the instruction was effective.

Job posting links

Instructional Designer, Penn State:  http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000742113-01

Instructional Designer, Northcentral University: higher end jobs

Instructional Designer, Tiffin University: higher end jobs

Instructional Designer, Michigan State University:  aect job posting

 

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