eCornell Instructional Designers create best-in-class online learning solutions drawing upon multimedia, progressive instructional principles, and strong collaboration abilities. They work in collaboration with Cornell University faculty, Product Management, Creative Services, and Project Management teams to effectively design and develop online learning products that meet student needs on time and on budget, while also providing a positive faculty experience. eCornell Instructional Designers are expected to be capable of designing and developing a range of online learning products (including certificate programs, for-credit programs, blended programs, etc.) according to eCornell instructional, content, and branding guidelines.
eCornell Instructional Designers manage the following responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):
- Collaborate with Cornell faculty (or outside Subject Matter Experts) and eCornell staff to produce best-in-class, outcomes-driven online learning on deadline and on budget.
- Architect outcomes-driven learning solutions and all their required components, including those ultimately built by other resources including multimedia elements (animations, etc.), interactives, and assessments, all designed to enable eCornell students to achieve skills transfer.
- Contribute to the evolution of eCornell’s online learning products and development model to meet the changing needs of students while taking advantage of emerging and relevant technologies.
- Work with complex source material along with detailed development cycles, keeping both the process and the content highly accessible, streamlined, and focused for collaborators and stakeholders.
- Apply and leverage multimedia techniques and resources (animations, interactives, video, web 2.0/3.0 features) where appropriate in developing learning solutions. This includes collaborations with graphic artists and programmers to conceptualize and execute animations, interactives, and/or other multimedia elements.
- Effectively and efficiently communicate and collaborate with eCornell internal and contract staff leveraged to execute various course-development tasks.
- Effectively represent eCornell in interactions with Cornell faculty and staff, leading faculty confidently and steadily through an iterative design process.
- Collaborate with eCornell Project Management to scope projects, estimate effort, set schedules, and coordinate deliverables.
- Conceptualize and create an engaging user experience whose components may include graphical user interface, page layout design, interactivity, and flow.
- Provide technical assistance by responding to inquiries regarding errors, problems, or questions with online learning products as needed.
- Train/orient new team members on course-development processes, tools, and techniques.
- Actively engage with learning products created by competitors for benchmarking purposes.