Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago, is seeking to hire an Instructional Designer. Reporting to the Director of Distance Learning, this position involves designing and producing instructional materials and multimedia elements in support of fully online and blended degrees, certificate programs and continuing education offerings delivered through a learning management system or as a web-based solution. The Instructional Designer must have strong and dynamic design aesthetics and be able to duplicate and improve upon current examples in EriksonOnline, on the Erikson Institute website, and on program and project websites including the TEC Center.
The Instructional Designer will develop new online courses, select methods, techniques and technologies for delivering continuing education programs, and provide hands-on support to instructors and participants in the use of Erikson’s online system and tools.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Develop, refine, and disseminate design standards, style guides, reusable templates, tutorials, content management practices and best practices for the design of online courses and professional development modules and develop instructional media that are consistent with EriksonOnline, TEC Center and Erikson website design and style guidelines.
Conceive and develop ideas to optimize the user interface and learning experiences for self-paced modules and individual professional development programs as well as relationship- and community-based approaches with groups of professionals. Design elements and the user interface should enhance online teaching and learning, increase faculty/instructor/presenter presence and voice (where appropriate), and improve the quality and capacity for web-based delivery of professional development.
Select the most appropriate and effective methods, techniques and technologies for delivering online and blended professional development programs
Design and develop user interface elements, instructional media pieces, interactive activities and other digital assets that integrate successfully into the Blackboard Learn Learning Management System that EriksonOnline is built upon, and into stand alone web-based solutions.
Develop applications of new digital media technologies and methods for learning and instruction including mobile technologies, social media, group projects and online collaboration.
Collaborate with Distance Learning and Continuing Education team members to develop applications of new instructional technologies and methods for learning and instruction including mobile technologies, social media, group projects and online collaboration.
Stay current on emerging learning technologies, trends in distance learning in higher education, best practices for online professional development, and effective practices for teaching and learning online.
Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design or a related field is required. Master's degree is desirable.
One to three years relevant experience developing online teaching materials and designing learning activities is required.
Experience working with faculty and content experts in a higher education environment.
Solid understanding of web standards, compression and best practices (W3C Web standards, WAI, ADA & Sections 508 and 504 compliance)
Experience with Learning Management Systems and solution.
Founded in 1966, Erikson Institute is the nation's premier graduate school in child development. We improve the lives of young children and families through graduate and continuing education in child development, social work, and early childhood education, as well as through community programs and policy research. Erikson is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We offer a variety of employee benefits, including excellent health and dental plans, life/disability insurance, transit stipend, matching retirement contributions, and more. To learn more please visit:
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support ...stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•community partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.