Learning Experience Designer Senior/Learning Experience Designer Intermediate

Michigan, United States
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

This position will contribute to the creation of high quality educational experiences offered through the University of Michigan.The role and responsibility of this position is to lead the design process, support faculty innovators, and propose solutions for complex challenges in online learning environments. The role is a key contributor in expanding the capabilities of AI to achieve our vision of expanding U-M’s educational offerings, including MOOCs and new online degree programs. By leading the learner-centered design process, the Learning Experience Designer plays a key role in supporting course teams to incorporate established practicesand learning theories in the development of new courses and the transformation of existing courses. This position will focus on analysis, design, creation, and evaluation of a variety of problem contexts.

The ideal candidate for this position will have worked in a multidisciplinary team environment, has experience in instructional design in higher education, has a passion for improving access to education, and has a desire to explore and research how technology and design practices can be used to transform education. This role will work within a fast-paced environment to develop instructional strategies for MOOCs, online degree programs, blended learning experiences, and other digital education environments that are aimed at unlocking new educational opportunities and enabling personalized, engaged, and lifelong learning for the U-M community and learners around the world.

Job OpeningThe Office of Academic Innovation (AI) is seeking a Learning Experience Designer to join a creative and talented team within the Office of Academic Innovation. Academic Innovation applies expertise in the science of learning to the creation and iteration of online, hybrid, and residential learning experiences. The role and responsibility of this position is to enable innovative learning design approaches across the University of Michigan (U-M) community and beyond. This position will report to and work closely with the Director of Learning Experience Design and Media Design.


Design and development

  • Collaborate with Learning Experience Designers, Design Managers, Media Specialists, and researchers to design and evaluate high-quality online and hybrid courses
  • Apply a range of design methods and learning theories to learner-centered course design
  • Oversee the development of learner personas for primary and secondary audiences, ensuring that diverse groups of learners are represented
  • Provide course teams and faculty partners with relevant and inspirational examples that can serve to spark ideas and creative solutions
  • Seek and propose technical or innovative solutions to pedagogical design challenges
  • Spotlight important design considerations, such as creating materials that are accessible to global learners and to learners with disabilities
  • Create documentation and graphic organizers to guide faculty in creation and refinement of materials and assessments that will become part of the online experience
  • Storyboard activities/animations when additional coding or graphics are required
  • Review course design decisions to ensure that activities, and resources are appropriately aligned with learning goals and desired course outcomes
  • Consult on the assessment creation, including multiple-choice quizzes, rubrics, and peer-graded assignments
  • Provide feedback to course design teams on consistency and appropriateness of course content and presentation
  • Characterize the pedagogical design of a course and make research- and evidence-based recommendations for iteration and improvement

Applied Research

  • Interview/survey instructors and learners to understand needs
  • Analyze interview and survey data to inform course improvements and iterations
  • Develop methods and tools to assess the efficacy of our instructional designs
  • Present learning design innovations at leading educational conferences

Capacity Expansion

  • Contribute instructional design expertise by designing workshops for faculty and staff
  • Develop design templates, checklists, and guidelines
  • Contribute to growth and development of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through U-M collaborations and innovation

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in education, instructional design, educational technology, or information science
  • 5+ years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience)
  • Demonstrated vision and passion for creating learning experiences that place a high value on diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Deep understanding of learning theories, instructional design methods, and learner-centered design principles
  • Demonstrated expertise in applying a learner-centered approach to course design
  • Demonstrated expertise in assessing project outcomes and making recommendations for improvement and iteration
  • Experience working in curriculum design teams in higher education settings
  • Experience using online education platforms (e.g., Canvas, Coursera, and edX)
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy, and service-oriented attitude
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability

Desired Qualifications*

  • Doctorate degree in education, instructional design, educational technology, or information science
  • Experience communicating to diverse audiences through a variety of modalities
  • Experience writing and presenting research proposals for academic and practitioner-focused conferences
  • Experience teaching in an online environment or in K-12 or higher education settings
  • Skills in visual communication and user experience design
  • Skills in developing web-based interactives

Additional Information

NOTE: This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

NOTE: This is a three-year, term-limited position.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see http://benefits.umich.edu/

Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.