Instructional Designer - Professional Learning

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Michigan Virtual
Position Details: 

Job Title: Instructional Designer - Professional Learning
Reports To: Instructional Design Manager
Department/Team: Instructional Product Development 
Supervisor Responsibilities: None
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Remote
Starting Pay: $53,500 per year (Negotiable based on education and experience)



 The role of the instructional designer is to produce online and blended learning courses for adult learners in the K-12 field and provide consultation and support to internal team members and external clients in the course development process (analysis, design, production, implementation and evaluation). The instructional designer will use production tools such as Camtasia and Articulate Presenter or Storyline to produce and integrate online content, including those developed at Michigan Virtual and those licensed from other content providers, into the D2L Brightspace platform. The instructional designer also provides input about overall, systematic course development strategy on an on-going basis, in a manner that promotes sound instructional design principles.

  1. Manage the entire course development cycle for assigned projects.
  2. Establish appropriate timelines for self and external team members in order to meet project deadlines.
  3. Design and produce educational content and courses for use in online and blended learning environments.
  4. Provide consultation and coaching to internal and external customers on instruction sequence, engaging learners, community building (professional learning networks), interface design, accessibility, and formative and summative assessment strategies. Proactive consultation and collaboration with subject matter experts to identify and obtain instructional and learning objectives and content.
  5. Provide support to internal and external stakeholders in troubleshooting and resolving issues in existing and new courses.
  6. Provide maintenance support on courses.
  7.  Use multimedia and instructional technology tools to produce educational content.
  8. Apply instructional design theories, practice, and methods into course design.
  9.  Design and produce formative and summative assessments.
  10.  Design and produce assessment and course completion criteria.
  11. Perform quality assessment and assurance reviews for courses.
  12. Gather, interpret and use course performance data to drive design decisions.
  13. Create and gather appropriate documentation (e.g. design documents, course descriptions and course syllabus) to support the design, development, production, implementation, evaluation and revision of courses.
  14.  Consult and collaborate with team members and contribute to the continuous improvement of current design practices.
  15.  Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in instructional design, educational technology, or other related field with 9 credits in university coursework addressing instructional design; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE (minimum requirements):

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience as an instructional designer.
  • Two years or more experience with developing online courses.
  • Experience in adult education or professional development for K-12 or university professionals.
  • Experience with a major CMS or LMS (prefer knowledge of Blackboard, Moodle, or Brightspace LMS).
  • Experience with multimedia, graphic creation and content development applications such as Articulate, Adobe CS2-6 Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver), Camtasia, Audacity, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and SoftChalk.
  • Experience with some or all of the following:  HTML, CSS, Flash, browser compatibility issues, educational game design, web accessibility, and web content management tools.


  • Experience with developing online courses is highly desirable.
  • Experience developing blended learning courses.
  • Experience as an online teacher or classroom teacher is highly desirable.
  • Experience with community building (professional learning networks) and other social networking environments.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design and learning principles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment methodology and experience with online assessment.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail; assuring everything is done and correct.
  • Demonstrated writing skill in producing design specifications, course content, and project proposals.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload and aggressive schedules, to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to explore and implement innovative approaches to online learning.
  • Demonstrated ability developing for a major learning management system (prefer knowledge of D2L’s Brightspace).
  • Demonstrated ability in developing online instruction using course creation and editing applications such as SoftChalk, Articulate, or Camtasia.
  • Extensive experience with some or all of the following: HTML, HTML5, CSS, browser compatibility issues, and content management tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current WCAG and designing accessible user experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to create web accessible content.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of stakeholders, students, teachers, and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

  • The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
  • Sit in a normal seated or standing position in front of a computer for extended periods of time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
  • Ability to see and hear within normal parameters.

This position description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis; it is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  This position description does not exclude other duties as assigned.

A successful candidate may be required to:

  • Submit to a criminal background check, if requested (conducted by outside party).
  • Submit and pass pre-employment substance abuse testing, if requested.
  • Provide a photocopy of their valid driver's license for tax purposes.
  • Present a Social Security Card for name verification and payroll purposes.
  • Sign a copy of the Michigan Virtual Non-disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement and Michigan Virtual Acceptable Use Policy for Computing Resources.

Michigan Virtual is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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