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Learning & Instructional Design Specialist (Blended and Online Learning), Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Job ID: 21266

Updated: September 15, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning invites applications for a Learning & Instructional Design Specialist (Blended and Online Learning). This Full-time Limited Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to better understanding and improving student learning, and the teaching approaches and practices that affect student learning. This two-pronged commitment puts both instructors and students at the centre of its work to engage in reflection, conversation, exploration, innovation, and research. The Institute thus promotes the teaching development of instructors, high-impact student experiences such as inquiry-based and experiential learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

This position reports to the Manager, Learning & Instructional Design of the Learning Technology and Design Team (LTDT), Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. It requires an experienced and dynamic person who specializes in and supports a variety of educational, and learning and instructional design initiatives to foster meaningful learning experiences in higher education, with a focus on online and blended learning. This position will contribute a high level of skill and experience towards building teaching and learning capacity, fostering innovation, and promoting evidence-informed approaches to educational practices. This position requires a thorough understanding of blended and online learning, pedagogical literature and instructional and course design theory to support academic staff across the campus community. The interdisciplinary nature of this work requires flexibility, adaptability, and reflective practices to address the needs of a variety of audiences and initiatives. 

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is increasingly providing expertise and supporting academic staff as they teach and support student learning in online, blended and remote contexts. The rapid transition to remote and online learning during COVID19 has inspired many innovated approaches to teaching across disciplines. This position will work collaboratively as part of a diverse and dynamic group of academic staff and education professionals within the TI to strengthen the quality of student learning experiences and outcomes, by providing learning and instructional design expertise in online and blended contexts. In this position, the Learning and Instructional Design Specialist (Blended and Online Learning) will provide consultation for individuals and groups across the campus community on issues, projects, innovative pedagogical approaches, and university initiatives relating to blended and online course design. This position will also integrate evidence-informed practices in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of workshops, programs, and creation of support resources.

The Taylor Institute is committed to supporting the implementation of the University of Calgary's Indigenous Strategy, ii'taa'poh'to'p and to build relationships with people from Treaty 7 & and Metis Region III. The candidate will be committed to shifting the University and the Taylor Institute culture to increase indigenous perspective and worldviews in teaching and learning practice. Experience supporting community dialogue and campus engagement, with universities, Indigenous communities and community stakeholders would be an asset.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Developing, implementing and assessing pedagogical workshops, programs, resources and initiatives to build capacity and support research-informed learning, instructional and course design practices and approaches (60%)

  • Designing, developing, facilitating specific short-term (e.g. 1-3 hour) workshops and longer intensive programs (e.g. 6-30 hours) related to a variety of learning, instructional and course design strategies and topics related to blended and online learning, for academic staff, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff
  • Collaborating with TI colleagues to support and implement a semester-long program to develop high-quality courses based on an interdisciplinary cohort model where instructors develop and share their expertise and leadership in online and blended learning across disciplines
  • Consulting with individuals across the academic community from a variety of disciplines to design, customize and facilitate pedagogical programs, and develop or customize pedagogical resources related to blended and online course design and delivery
  • Developing online and print-based resources to support evidence-informed learning, instructional and course design approaches and practices with a focus on blended and online learning
  • Facilitating Communities of Practice (CoPs) to foster campus connections and strengthen research-informed practices around blended and online learning
  • Evaluating the impact and success of learning and instructional design initiatives, workshops, programs and approaches, with a focus on continuous improvement, using appropriate evaluative methods
  • Collaborating with colleagues across the LTDT and TI to develop and implement a variety of educational development initiatives that build teaching and learning capacity, including face-to-face, blended, online and learning technology integration
  • Ensuring that all assigned projects and initiatives are comprehensively and professionally designed, presented, and completed on time

Providing consultations and support for academic staff, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff, and small groups across campus on a variety of teaching, and learning and instructional design processes, practices and approaches (30%)

  • Providing one-time or ongoing consultation for individuals and small groups across campus on a variety of learning and instructional design strategies and approaches in order to create effective blended and online learning environments
  • Fostering positive and professional working relationships with individuals across campus in order to build teaching and learning capacity
  • Ensuring appropriate levels of diplomacy are employed to inform and educate individuals about possibilities for best practice in learning and course design, with a focus on blended and online learning environments
  • Actively developing a local awareness of relevant programs, opportunities and services offered through the TI to the campus community
  • Adapting, applying, and integrating technologies and online solutions to enhance online, blended and face-to-face learning environments to address the specific needs of individual instructors, faculties and departments

Investigating and staying current with a variety of teaching and learning, instructional and course design approaches and strategies in order to promote and integrate evidence-informed practice. (10%)

  • Using current scholarly literature and evidence-based practices in the field of higher education to inform and support daily work and initiatives
  • Analyzing unique and complex educational contexts to generate pragmatic, customized solutions and resources related to a variety of learning, instructional and course design strategies and approaches, for online, blended and face-to-face environments
  • Staying abreast of new educational technologies to enhance learning, instructional and course design approaches and learning environments within the post-secondary context

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Masters degree is required, ideally in Education, Instructional Design, or Educational Technology
  • Two or more years of pedagogical-focused instructional and course design experience in higher education, with demonstrated expertise in online and blended learning
  • Experience teaching and/or designing multiple online and blended courses in higher education
  • Experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating workshops, programs, projects, and consultations with a pedagogical focus on blended and online learning
  • Strong ability to lead pedagogical focused projects and initiatives related to online and blended learning, and instructional design within higher education
  • Experienced in designing, developing, and producing educational resources and instructional materials to support blended, online and face-to-face learning environments
  • Strong ability to incorporate instructional design theories and practices, scholarly evidence, and professional experiences into practice
  • Proficiency using learning management systems and a variety of learning technologies (including D2L Brightspace, Zoom and YuJa)
  • Ability to provide pedagogical support for online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments in a large, interdisciplinary university context
  • Highly skilled in interpersonal and organizational skills, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including an ability to summarize technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Strong leadership, self-motivation, self-direction, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering the development of expertise in teaching and learning to promote continuous learning and improvement
  • Proven ability to show initiative and achieve positive results for both individual and collaborative initiatives
  • Ability to perform comfortably in a fast paced, highly complex environment with multiple projects, collaborations, and competing deadlines
  • Knowledge of University of Calgary culture, context, and strategic plans would be an asset
  • Enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning in higher education

Application Deadline:  September 29, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

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The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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