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Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.
As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.
The Instructional Designer will provide a full range of learning design services for the Leadership Studies Programs in collaboration with the program faculty, ITS, and program management in three primary areas: One, prepare courses for the Moodle learning platform; Two, research and develop innovations to the online learning portion of our educational design; And three, to enhance the competency of faculty and students in using online learning technologies.
1. Identify and prepare all courses for the course management system: Moodle learning platform. This includes, but is not limited to, creating a course shell in the course management system (Moodle), copying over the last version of the course, updating and revising course dates, content, syllabus, checking links like eRes and others, etc. Maintain a standardized look and feel for all courses. Work is highly collaborative with course faculty, as well as with ITS and program management.
2. Enhance the competency of faculty and students in using online learning technologies. Available for faculty and student questions, especially for those stuggling with Moodle. Conduct in-person Moodle training for students at Orientation and online or in-person training for new faculty, for example. Develop tutorials that are available online for all faculty and students.
3. Research and develop innovations to the online learning portion of our educational design. Help faculty with new and improved ways of presenting information. Stay current on latest trends. For example, this might include how to do a video weekly announcement, a talking PowerPoint, recorded mini lecture, or the most effective way to track student engagement. Offer regular skill-building trainings (in-person and via webinar) to put these innovations into practice.
4. Explore and recommend innovations for Program - develop and maintain password-protected portals for all things program specific. This would be outside the course and might include the ability for communication to cohorts, sending Leadership Center offerings, Commencement updates/RSVPs, and LSP community news, for example.
5. Other Duties As Assigned: Contribute to department website redesign.
Experience: 3-5 years in Instructional Design or similar.
Skills/Abilities: Looking for a candidate who is a flexible self-starter with a passion for technology and continuous improvement who is able to work in a highly collaborative environment and can engage faculty participation in innovations. Must have evidence of exceptional instructional design competency. Desire a candidate with tech experience in higher education; a plus if s/he has experience outside higher education as well. Desire a candidate with Moodle experience. Must have excellent project management skills and knowledge of adult learning strategies. Helpful if the candidate has teaching experience, especially teaching adults. Excellent oral and written communication and collaboration skills highly desired. Experience and skill with Turn-It-In, a plus. Needs an understanding of some programming languages like HTML and java script. Experience with social media tools highly desirable.
Other Requirements: Will need to work on weekends and evenings occasionally, to participate in faculty meetings, orientation and commencement, for example.
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