Course Developer/Instructional Designer

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

For more than 50 years, CSU Online, an enterprise unit formally named the Division of Continuing Education, has been delivering online and distance programs developed at the flagship research campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Housed in the Office of Engagement, which reports directly to the university president, CSU Online provides affordable access to a high-quality education from wherever students call home around the nation and world, on a schedule that fits their lives. CSU’s online students receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on at the Fort Collins campus. CSU Online offers more than 40 degrees, online and at a distance, as well as hundreds of credit and noncredit courses and dozens of certificate programs, digital badge programs, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

CSU Online is a center of innovation at the university, supporting not only the development of online and distance courses and programs but also the enhancement of campus instruction. It enjoys strong partnerships with the Office of the Provost, the Colleges, the Graduate School, the Division of Student Affairs, and key instructional groups within the university, including the Institute for Learning and Teaching and the University Distinguished Teaching Scholars. CSU Online is actively engaged in projects intended to improve teaching effectiveness and educational access and affordability across the university, including initiatives in areas such as open educational resources, open-access publishing, virtual and augmented reality, active and technology-enhanced teaching and learning, and learning analytics.

CSU Online has a staff of about 70 professionals. Key teams include Program Development and Management, Marketing and Communications, Student Success and Engagement, Finance, Learning Technologies, and Research and Analytics. CSU Online collaborates closely with the colleges, departments, and divisions across the university, with other universities in the CSU System, and with government, business, non-profit organizations as well as other educational institutions in the Rocky Mountain region. CSU Online is a vibrant and growing organization with significant potential for continued growth.

Position Summary

Colorado State University Online (Department of Continuing Education) is seeking an instructional designer to build high-quality online courses that improve student learning and follow best practice guidelines. This full-time position will involve:

  1. Working with faculty and staff to design and develop course curricula and instructional materials;
  2. Supporting the professional development of faculty, adjuncts, subject matter experts, and graduate teaching assistants through consultation and training;

The successful candidate will possess an in-depth and current understanding of instructional issues related to teaching and learning in blended and online courses, as well as experience using a wide range of hardware and software tools to develop instructional materials.

The Instructional Designer will report to the Director of Research & Analytics at CSU Online and will join a team that works collaboratively to support the teaching and learning mission of the University.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Either (1) a Master’s degree in instructional design, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, instructional systems, education, or a closely related field or (2) a Bachelor’s degree in any field and at least five years of work experience in the field of course development by the time of hire.
  • Experience developing instructional materials for learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle, and/or Canvas).

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of instructional design models and principles, educational theory, and instructional technology.
  • Familiarity with processes relevant to the development of course curricula and instructional materials for credit and non-credit courses (digital badges, MOOCs).
  • Experience using graphics editing software (e.g., PhotoShop), presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint), synchronous conferencing tools, and other learning technologies.
  • Experience with video recording techniques and the use of hardware (digital cameras and sound-recording equipment) and software tools (e.g., Adobe Premiere and Encoder, Camtasia).
  • Experience training others, especially faculty, to use online learning technologies.
  • Experience coding HTML and CSS.
  • Experience developing accessible Web-based materials.
  • Familiarity with FERPA related to online learning technologies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the higher education environment and experience working successfully with university faculty.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative context.
  • Excellent time management skills.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Course Development Duty/Responsibility

  • Work collaboratively with instructors (including faculty, professional staff, and graduate teaching assistants) to design blended and fully online courses (credit, non-credit, and digital badging); to develop print and digital course materials; to ensure the timely development of accessible instructional materials; and to design and apply assessment procedures and instruments.
  • Provide one-on-one and group training to faculty and graduate students for using the Canvas learning management system, as well as other teaching technologies.

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Faculty/Graduate Teaching Support Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide follow-up assistance and support to instructors as they incorporate new curricula and materials into their courses.
  • Other duties and committee work as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Video Production Duty/Responsibility

  • Coordinate the scheduling and production (shooting and editing) of instructional video for all courses under development by the Drake Hall course development team; track video-production statistics; coordinate and maintain video-production equipment (e.g., cameras and microphones); advise the Drake Hall Course Development team on current compliance issue regarding video accessibility, as well as the best practices and processes for producing excellent instructional videos.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
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  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.