Instructional Design - Instructional Designer, Open Learning

Thompson Rivers University

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2012-12-20

Instructional Designer, Open Learning

The Instructional Designer reports to the Director, Instructional Design. The Instructional Designer will assume responsibility for the development of Open Learning courses in a variety of subject areas and delivery modes. The Instructional Designer is responsible for the academic integrity of courses and leads course development teams composed of subject matter experts.

The instructional design of Open Learning courses includes liaising with the particular academic areas, hiring subject matter experts, and preparing contracts/agreements. It also includes developing instructional design plans; guiding the development of learning outcomes, course outlines, learning activities, and assessment instruments; monitoring, assessing, revising, and providing constructive feedback on the work of subject matter experts; and working with the media team and graphic artists (both internal and external) along with editorial and intellectual property staff.

Skills required include the ability to implement sound instructional design principles, develop instruction to address specific learner profiles, manage multiple projects with their shifting priorities and timelines, write clear instructional material, provide coaching and training, attend to detail, and evaluate and make recommendations regarding instructional design in various modalities. The Instructional Designer is required to complete these projects to TRU-OL quality standards and within agreed upon timelines, budgets, and client specifications.

Related Master's degree required; may include, but is not restricted to, Master's degrees in education, curriculum and instruction, distributed learning, educational technology.

  • 3-5 years' demonstrated experience in curriculum design and development based on best practice, including developing instructional design plans and guiding the development of learning outcomes, course outlines, learning activities, and assessment instruments, as well as incorporating appropriate educational technologies.
  • 3 years' teaching or training experience, particularly with adult learners in a distance-delivery environment.
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience.
  • Superior time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including ability to attend to detail in written materials.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a wide variety of people are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in an electronic workplace is essential.

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: January 15, 2013 to March 29, 2013

REVIEW DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed commencing January 10, 2013, and may continue until position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. As part of its commitment to Employment Equity, TRU encourages applications from qualified members of the four designated groups: women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities. Applicants are invited to identify themselves if they belong to any of the four designated groups.

Please forward applications via e-mail to, quoting the Competition #12-238 in the subject line. Include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, the names and full contact information for three (3) referees, along with copies of all university transcripts.
  • Only attachments in the following formats will be accepted: Word (.doc,.docx), PDF, Text (.txt), Excel (.xls,.xlsx). Paper and/or faxed applications will no longer be considered.
  • We wish to thank all applicants, however; only those under consideration will be contacted.


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