Goshen College invites applications for a full-time, 12 month appointment as Director of Instructional Design and Learning Technologies starting spring 2021.
The Director of Instructional Design and Learning Technologies is responsible for leading efforts that promote the effective use of instructional techniques for teaching and learning at Goshen College. This includes instructional design and direct faculty support. The director provides assistance and training for educational technologies as well as the development and coordination of such efforts across multiple areas of the institution. This position actively participates in identifying, planning, and implementing instructional techniques to meet existing and emerging academic needs.
This position is part of campus-wide faculty development efforts and will offer regular workshops and training. The successful candidate will report to the Academic Dean. A qualified candidate may have the opportunity to participate in collegiate level teaching if desired.
- Lead faculty instructional design efforts for Goshen College online and on campus courses. This includes development and instruction of self-paced classes for new faculty, creation and maintenance of the online course template in Moodle, and regular meetings with faculty and program managers to aid in the designing, revising, and delivering courses.
- Assist faculty in the development of new online courses through completion of a standard training course and individual consultation. Responsible for reviewing and evaluating each online course before launch. Works with Academic Success Center to ensure accessibility needs are met in the online environment. Works with VP for Academic Affairs to create policies and set best practices for faculty teaching online.
- Assist faculty and departments in identifying technology solutions to pedagogical problems, attend vendor demonstrations, provide training and support, and assess outcomes of educational technology projects. Consult regularly with faculty and academic departments on projects integrating instructional technology with pedagogy.
- Develop, coordinate, plan, present and assess training opportunities for teaching faculty on tools such as: Moodle, Kaltura, Zoom, Turnitin, and Qualtrics. Develop, distribute and update handouts, videos, and self-paced training courses on relevant tools. Meet with newly hired teaching faculty for orientation to Moodle. Work with staff in ITS to identify training needs and to assess how technology is utilized in order to inform purchasing decisions and prioritization of training initiatives. Highlight successful projects and promote educational technology initiatives by presenting short updates regularly to faculty.
- Primary responsibility for the Moodle learning management system. Sets policies regarding technology upgrades and feature availability. Responsible for campus wide notifications on updates and outages. Provides support for students and faculty on Moodle problems.
- Work with various external and internal collaborators on instructional design and educational technology projects. This may include collaborations with PALNI library consortia, Adult and Graduate programs, the Good Library, ITS Media, and the Office for Community Engaged Learning.
- Regularly interact with peers at partner institutions (i.e. Eastern Mennonite University, Bluffton University, Canadian Mennonite University) regarding issues related to the learning management system and course delivery for shared courses and degree programs.
- Responsible for the educational technology departmental budget. Keeps detailed statistics of training attendance and support services. Creates an annual educational technology report, which informs training initiatives.
- Provide leadership for the Goshen College iCore initiative, including organizing the training of all first year students during new student orientation, assessing iPad use in Core courses, training all students and faculty on the Moodle assignment submission uploader, and working with GC Core faculty to implement technology tools into Core classes.
- Research and recommend for campus-wide adoption of the following: iPad apps, Moodle plugins, Google add-ons, web applications, ebook packages, open educational resources. Promote these tools and their applications for pedagogy and distance delivery.
- Guide faculty and students in complying with fair use practices and copyright law. Help faculty identify alternative, open educational resources when available. Communicate with copyright holders and publishers to purchase digitization rights when necessary for online courses.
- Supervise Academic Technology Assistant and student workers..
- Maintain awareness of developments and trends in higher education, information technologies, and instructional design, through participation in appropriate professional activities.
- Serve on faculty committees if relevant and applicable to primary responsibilities.
- Participate in and/or lead special projects as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- Masters degree required; doctoral level preparation preferred.
- Minimum of three years of relevant experience with a proven track record of success in the development, delivery and assessment of course and program content.
- Prior experience in the use and management of a learning management system; experience with Moodle preferred.
- Experience teaching and developing content in the online environment required, including knowledge of instructional design theories and tools such as universal design, backwards design and Quality Matters.
- Applied understanding of current and emerging technologies in higher education required.
Certifications, Licenses, Registrations: Quality Matters Digital Credential or similar is preferred.
Skills and Competencies:
- Superior ability to diagnose and solve problems in a complex technical and organizational environment.
- Ability to quickly become proficient with new technologies, including previous experience with HTML, CSS, and WordPress.
- Strong customer service orientation.
- Effective oral and written communication skills, including public presentation.
- Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment, organize and prioritize a demanding workload, and respond to diverse needs in a timely manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators and students in the best interests of the institution.
- Ability to collaborate with external audiences, especially faculty and staff at partner institutions.
- Effective organizational and administrative skills.
- Self-directed and continuous learning orientation with regard to technologies and systems in higher education.
- Prior college-level teaching experience
Special Requirements: Must be available to troubleshoot problems outside of the regular work day, during the academic year. Will be based on campus, but some remote work is possible.
Physical Demands: Extensive use of computer and operation of normal office equipment. Mobility within the library and across campus. Reading a variety of print and online materials.
Work Environment/Environmental Condition: Mostly inside office conditions. Temperatures are usually moderate. Artificial lighting. Some exposure to dust and molds characteristic of a library environment and to chemicals typically used in office products. Must use stairs or elevators to use toilet facilities.
How to Apply:
If you are applying through Indeed or another search engine, please make sure to go to www.goshen.edu/employment to apply.
Please be sure to provide all required materials noted below, as incomplete applications may not be considered. Application materials may be attached to the Faculty Information Form or sent electronically to email@example.com.
- Complete and submit the online Faculty Information Form
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- List of three professional references with contact information
- Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies acceptable in application process with official transcripts required for employment).
Review of applications will begin March 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.
Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795
Telephone: (574) 535-7111
About Goshen College:
Goshen College is an affordable, nationally-ranked Christian liberal arts college in Northern Indiana known for leadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 65 areas of study, as well as select graduate degrees. Goshen enrolls approximately 950 students from 35 states and 23 countries and is recognized for its innovative, life-changing study abroad program (Study-Service Term) and exceptional educational value. The 135-acre tree-filled campus features a world-class Music Center and a Rec-Fitness Center for 14 intercollegiate athletic teams. The extended campus includes a 1,189-acre natural sanctuary (the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center near Wolf Lake, IN) and a marine biology lab in the Florida Keys. Rooted in the historically peaceful Mennonite church and established in 1894, the college’s Christ-centered mission produces passionate learners, compassionate peacemakers, global citizens, and servant leaders. The college’s doors are open to all, with students from 40 different Christian denominations and several world religions. Experiential learning, faculty mentors and strong friendships are significant community strengths for students.
The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County in Northern Indiana, within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere and in 2017 was named Indiana Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for its amazing arts and entertainment, food scene, recreational opportunities, outstanding schools, affordable living, cultural diversity and entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at goodofgoshen.com.