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Instructional Designer - Full Time / À Temps Plein

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Queen's University

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Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience.  Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting.  We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. 

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

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Job Listing #7314

Instructional Designer • Full Time / À Temps Plein

Date Posted: 04 May 2021

Application Deadline: 17 May 2021

Location: Kingston and Surrounding Area

Category: Other / Autre

Hours Per Week: 35

Pay Rate: Salary / Salaire OVER 55,001

Language Requirements: English / Anglais

Job Description:

Reporting to the Director, Educational Development, the Instructional Designer works closely with instructors to design online, blended and classroom-based courses to support active learning by applying evidence-based instructional practices while using effective learning technologies. The incumbent is responsible for implementing guidelines and setting standards for the structure and overall quality of the course materials. The incumbent is also responsible for working closely with program academic directors, course developers and instructors, and other educational development and multimedia team members to create and outline course development plans and implementation timelines for a wide range of courses.


  • Work closely with program academic directors, course developers and instructors, and other educational development and multimedia team members to create and outline course development plans and implementation timelines for a wide range of courses.
  • Collaborate with course developers and/or instructors to design, build, and implement innovative online, blended and classroom-based courses and learning objects, in the Faculty of Law.
  • Provide advice about emerging trends, research-based approaches and quality standards for the development and delivery of courses designed to encourage active student learning, participation and overall engagement. Working collaboratively with program academic directors, act as project manager for course development and revision to ensure timelines are met.
  • Provide work direction, guidance and expertise to multimedia team members and instructors when creating educational media, implementing learning activities/tasks, building assessments and developing digital content from source materials in various media formats.
  • Remain current with evolving technologies and trends, providing cutting-edge course design, development and delivery options and services.
  • Advise on how to improve accessibly in courses, and ensure courses are compliant with relevant legislation (e.g. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).
  • Plan and facilitate instructional workshops, training, and support regarding best practices in teaching strategies, learning activities, assessments, and the integration of appropriate learning technologies. Demonstrate commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and pro-actively advise on inclusive design practices to ensure a positive user experience for all.
  • Liaise with copyright librarian to identify and/or obtain appropriate digital resources for instructors to consider in their course, ensure copyright permissions are secured, and document the use of copyright items.
  • Develop, adapt and implement an evaluation process for Analyze data received from evaluations and use data to identify and recommend continuous improvement opportunities for courses.
  • Lead and support special projects, as
  • In collaboration with primary investigators, identify, support and conduct research in teaching and learning.
  • Undertake other duties as required in support of the Faculty of


  • Project Management Skills: Ability to identify opportunities, coordinate projects, monitor and update project tasks and timelines. Ability to manage working relationships with subject matter experts to meet timelines for development.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to collaborate with many different individuals (e.g. staff, faculty, instructional designers and/or students) across the university and build strong relationships. Ability to be an excellent team player combined with the skill to work simultaneously with many individuals and departments to accomplish tasks.
  • Communication Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills. Capable of writing and editing course related materials on various platforms. Contribute to course production discussions, and pursue ongoing communication with instructors and other staff during course development and revisions. Able to discuss teaching and learning theories.
  • Technical Skills: Excellent computer skills and ability to readily learn new applications. Knowledge of technology supports for teaching and learning such as web conferencing, podcasting, authoring tools, etc. Able to utilize templates within LMS and attend to potentials and limits. Implement learning activities/tasks, build assessment mechanisms, and develop digital content from source materials.
  • Time Management Skills: Ability to effectively coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks, staying focused on high impact initiatives. Able to work independently and with minimal supervision. Strong organizational ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at the same time.


  • Utilize own judgment to determine strengths and weaknesses of online/blended/classroom
  • Make recommendations to improve the structure and quality of courses on the basis of evidence-based practices and feedback from program academic directors, students and / or
  • Select best tools and applications for an effective teaching and learning environment.
  • Recommend appropriate policy, procedures and guidelines in support of course design, development and delivery.
  • Decide when intervention or support is needed to meet completion deadlines, involving others as
  • Determine alternate design strategies if copyright issues are restrictive to
  • Determine method to employ in analysis, synthesis, and clarification of
  • Evaluate and select most effective options for content, format, and delivery of workshops.




  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. education, instructional design).
  • Minimum of five years of experience in curriculum and instructional design.
  • Relevant teaching experience combined with familiarity in developing learning activities, resources and assessments for adult learners is considered an asset.
  • Experience in higher education is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learning technologies and effective application in course
  • Sound knowledge of principles, best practices and techniques of instructional design for online, blended, and classroom-based courses.
  • Strong project management
  • Demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams and processes.
  • Understanding of content development tools/programs and Learning Management Systems (LMS).
  • Understanding of legal education is considered an asset.
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and

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