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Competition Number: J1121-0376
Position Title: Instructional Design Assistant
Employee Group: Research, Grant & Contract
Job Category: Other Professionals
Department or Area: Continuing Med Ed
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Salary: $43,292.00/Year
Grade: 05
Hours per Week: 35
Job Type: Term
Length of term: 1 year
Shift: 7 Monday - Friday
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: November 16, 2021
Closing Date: December 2, 2021

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Job Summary

The Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship (OPDES) offers a variety of academic services to meet the diverse educational and research needs of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). Services include collaborative individual, departmental, faculty-wide and institutional consultations on all aspects of the educational process at the Faculty level; providing support and leadership during the design and development of accessible and inclusive course curriculum; building and maintaining courses for online delivery; assessment strategies; program evaluation; research on teaching and learning; and accreditation.

Supervised by the Director, Online Learning, managed by the Department Manager, Office of Professional Development & Educational Scholarship, and taking direction from the Lead Instructional Design Assistants (LIDA), the Instructional Design Assistant (IDA) is a member of the Course Development Team. The IDA applies their content knowledge and experience to enhance student learning through educational best practices and innovation in online and blended learning.

This is an opportunity to use your creativity and innovative ideas on a fast-paced team that is creating state-of-the-art interactive online learning modules for leaders in Canadian health education. As an IDA, your primary role is to work directly with content provided by subject matter experts and transform it into a ‘storyboard’ that includes interactions, formative testing opportunities, and incorporates best practices for online learning. IDAs work on a few projects at a time, collaborating with a team of 4-6 individuals.

What does an IDA do? Watch this VIDEO to hear about the role from Simran Somji, who worked as an Instructional Design Assistant for two years before being promoted to Lead Instructional Design Assistant.

Job Description

• Assist the Course Development Team in developing online learning modules for Faculty members and Subject Matter Experts
• Apply current course development best practices to storyboard learning modules according to vision and expectations of course faculty and with the support of LIDAs and Educational Development and Instructional Designers.
• Source and collect various types of information for learning modules, including but not limited to, conducting supplementary research, ensuring contextualization of content, researching and curating appropriate multimedia for modules and developing level-appropriate learning activities.
• Participate in the quality assurance process to provide student-centred feedback pertaining to logical information chunking, flow of content and student learning experience.
• Complete other duties and special projects as assigned in support of the team.

• Two (2) year post secondary program in a relevant field (i.e. Health/Life Sciences, Biology, Psychology or Education).
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Learning Management Systems (LMS), PeopleSoft and website technology considered an asset.
• Demonstrated competence in training, research, or quality assurance processes and procedures.
• Knowledge of the University’s policies, procedures, and operating requirements is considered an asset.
• Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in educational content.
• Excellent computer skills with an ability to learn and adapt to emerging technologies.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
• Strong communication skills with emphasis on writing and editing course related materials on various platforms.
• Good analytical and problem-solving skills specifically an ability to critically analyze course content and create purposeful, level-appropriate learning activities.
• Excellent organizational skills for dealing with multiple demands and meeting deadlines.
• Ability to set priorities when duties appear to compete and when there are frequent interruptions.

• Able to determine when to utilize own judgment or defer to other team members.
• Determine the best recommendations to make to the Course Development Team regarding improvements to the structure and quality of courses on the basis of best practices and feedback from students and Instructors.
• Recognize when the timely completion of a project is in jeopardy and bring that to the attention of supervisor and course development team.
• Decide when to defer issues to other staff based on their roles, responsibilities, and expertise
• Make recommendations for new or additional services and systems to better meet the needs of the Course Development Team.
• Make decisions about the best formats, structure, language, etc. in drafting documentation for course development teams. 

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