Digital Instructional Designer

United Arab Emirates (AE)
22 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Digital Instructional Designer

United Arab Emirates University 

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is the UAE’s premier teaching and research institution. The first national university in the UAE, founded in 1976, the UAEU is among the nation's most academically diverse universities offering 52 Bachelor’s degree programs, 37 Master’s programs, a Doctor of Medicine (MD), several PhD programs, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). The QS world ranking recently recognized UAEU in the top 300 universities and 27th best ‘Young’ university globally.

With a faculty numbering more than 930 and nearly 14,000 students from 64 nationalities, the flagship university is always striving for self-improvement and holds accreditation with WSCUC, ABET and AACSB. As part of the University’s strategic plan there is a clear agenda to achieve international research stature, by partnering with industry and international research organizations to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world.

The University’s programs and research continue to garner national and global recognition and rankings. This is attributable to research output increasing by more than 50% in high ranked journals in the past five years and more than half of UAEU’s research output is published in top quartile journals. UAEU has built its reputation on excellence through cultural diversity; integrity and transparency; innovation; collaboration; engagement; transformation and student focus.

Digital Learning Department  

The United Arab Emirates University is embarking on an exciting transformation that will encompass the formation of the Digital Learning Department (DLD). The DLD will be the first center for advanced virtuality in the region, pioneering the use of scientific computational methods to enhance learning and research. The in-house digital learning platform will sit within DLD and will manage the digital transformation of courses and academic programs. This start up department will conduct experiments on fusing virtual experience in learning to derive meaningful inferences as well as computational research to support student learning through effective assessment methodologies. 

The Digital Learning Department will investigate the impact of cutting-edge technologies on learning, simulations and cognition, and will allow synergy between faculty and professionals to innovate new genres, aesthetics, and conventions for using technologies of virtuality. More importantly the DLD will facilitate the adoption of teaching and learning tools across the university and act as a conduit between colleges, faculty and administration to implement and adopt new technologies and digital learning, in collaboration with program managers. 

The Person 

UAEU is seeking an exceptional Digital Instructional Designer to develop the Instructional Design and Development unit within the Digital Learning Department. The successful candidate will provide instructional design expertise for the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) support of online courses and educational programs. S/he will be responsible for assisting faculty in the design of online coursework/programs and instructional practices, development of learning resources and re-visioning of courses and course segments to online delivery modalities.

Reporting to the Senior Instructional Design specialist, this role plays an integral part in the success of the University’s online learning initiatives. The candidate should have an in-depth understanding of instructional design theories and methodologies to online course design; an awareness of current trends in instructional software, multimedia applications and web-based educational technologies; an understanding of online course management platforms (e.g. Blackboard, edX and Open edX); a currency in best practices in online course design. Furthermore, excellent interpersonal and presentation skills is essential. 


The successful candidate should have thorough knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and digital learning. 

Essential criteria includes:

  • Demonstrated fluency using, and training users on platforms including Blackboard, edX, and Open edX.
  • Demonstrated experience integrating online learning courses/micro-credentials with one or more learning management systems.
  • A strong analytical, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and strong collaboration and negotiation skills. Strong ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and before large and small audiences.
  • Be able to provide training and develop training and training materials including online tutorials and other multimedia materials to assist faculty with the use of online teaching and learning tools.
  • Proficient in conducting course quality reviews, provides recommendations for course improvement, and promotes good practices of teaching and learning with technology.
  • Is current with trends and emerging technologies in teaching and learning. 
  • Can develop and drive the scope, forecasting, planning and manage instructional design projects that encompass team members from all areas of the learning organization (Design, Delivery, Learning Operations, Implementation, and Evaluation). 
  • Able to perform duties independently on instructional design projects of low to intermediate levels of complexity.

Required knowledge and competencies  

Key competencies for the Digital Instructional Design Specialist will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Highly developed communication skills (oral, written, and interpersonal) with the demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.
  • Expertise in applying learning theory and pedagogy to develop instructional design strategies in higher education.
  • Knowledge and application of best practices using technology for teaching and learning, including but not limited to, multimedia development, web conferencing, learning management systems, social networking, online collaborative tools, and mobile solutions for education.
  • Ability to and experience in designing and delivering faculty professional development in a higher education setting 
  • Ability to monitor and report on the course development process.
  • Familiarity with copyright laws and creative commons and how they pertain to courses.
  • Ability to use one or more eLearning authoring tools (e.g., Camtasia, Captivate, Articulate).
  • Mastering instructional design models/frameworks (such as ADDIE) and educational media production cycles.
  • Basic understanding of standard web markup languages and best practices (HTML/CSS)
  • Competency in eLearning analytics and business intelligence system such as pyramid analytics.
  • Fluent in English • Fluency in Arabic language is a plus but not mandatory. 

Education and Qualifications

The successful candidate must have the necessary educational background with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or closely related discipline with at least two years of higher education instructional design experience.

Furthermore, candidates will have at least 5+ years of proven experience in the digital instructional design working with faculty/instructors/subject matter experts to design, develop and support delivery of digital instruction.
UAEU offer a competitive compensation package, commensurate with experience, to attract a compelling candidate.
Closing Date for applications: 15th November 2020
Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Hassan Selim (Director of Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) – hassan.selim@uaeu.ac.ae   
Applicants should apply with a CV and covering letter through the UAEU Jobs portal at https://jobs.uaeu.ac.ae/index.jsp 

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