Instructional Designer - Student Learning

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Michigan Virtual
Position Details: 

Position Title: Instructional Designer - Student Learning
Reports To: Course Development Manager
Department/Team: Instructional Product Development
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Tele-Work along with scheduled time at the Lansing office
Starting Pay: $53,500 per year (Negotiable based on education and experience)



The role of the instructional designer is to design and produce engaging and effective online activities, resources, and complete courses offered primarily through Michigan Virtual Student Learning Services. Course development is accomplished primarily through a team process, with teams comprised of internal and external experts. The instructional designer uses production tools such as SoftChalk, 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. As an expert in instructional design, this position provides consultation, training, and support to team members and external clients in the course development process (analysis, design, production, implementation and evaluation). 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 learning environments.
  4. Lead and coach internal staff and external consultants through the course development process (analysis, design, production, implementation, evaluation and revision) in a manner that promotes sound instructional design principles.
  5. Provide consultation to internal staff on issues related to the design and functionality of existing and new courses.
  6. Provide support to instructors in troubleshooting and resolving issues in existing and new courses.
  7. Provide maintenance support on courses.
  8. Use multimedia and instructional technology tools to produce educational content.
  9. Apply instructional design theories, practice, and methods into course design.
  10. Design and produce formative and summative assessments.
  11. Design and produce rubrics that inform learners and instructors of assignment and assessment performance criteria.
  12. Ensure courses are aligned to state, national, or other appropriate education or training standards (e.g., Michigan Science Standards, CCSS, and College Board).
  13. Apply course quality standards (e.g., Quality Matters) in the development and evaluation of internally and externally developed courses.
  14. Gather, interpret and use course performance data to drive design decisions.
  15. 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.
  16. Consult and collaborate with team members and contribute to the continuous improvement of current design practices.
  17. Other duties as assigned.


  • Attend regular all-staff and departmental meetings either in person or remotely.
  • Attend company-wide functions as requested.
  • Engage in professional learning opportunities per organization or supervisor’s request.


  • 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 (2) or more years of experience with developing online courses.
  • Experience with a major CMS or LMS (prefer knowledge of Blackboard, Moodle, or Brightspace).
  • Experience with multimedia and content development applications such as Articulate Presenter or Storyline, 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 and CSS browser compatibility issues, educational game design, web accessibility issues, and web content management tools.


  • Experience with developing online and/or blended K-12 courses.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience as an online and classroom teacher.
  • Experience with SCORM-compliant or xAPI content development.


  • 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 remote team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload and aggressive schedules, to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop courses using a major learning management system (prefer knowledge of Blackboard, Moodle, or Brightspace).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop online instruction using course creation and editing applications such as SoftChalk, Articulate, or Camtasia.
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Extensive experience with some or all of the following: HTML, HTML5, CSS, Flash, browser compatibility issues, web accessibility issues, and content management tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of stakeholders, students, teachers, and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current WCAG standards and designing accessible user experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to create web accessible content.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
  • Ability to work a standard forty-hour week. 


  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others to meet ambitious goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to write and align objectives to state, national, or other educational or training standards (e.g., Michigan Science Standards, CCSS, and College Board).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use industry standards, such as Quality Matters or iNACOL, to assess quality online course design.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and execute job responsibilities remotely.

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 MVU Non-disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement and MVU 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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