The Academic Support Specialist provides support, training and consultation for faculty in the use of instructional methods and technologies based on sound educational practices to improve the teaching and learning experience.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities
1. Report to the Director of Educational Development and Technology.
2. Work closely with other team members and provide Media Specialist backup AV support when required.
3. Assist faculty with the implementation of contemporary instructional design methods and educational technology to promote positive student performance outcomes; this includes but is not limited to:
a. the use of Blackboard and the conversion of courses including but not limited to electronic instructional materials, assessments and course websites to support a contemporary remote learning environment;
b. the design, development and integration of multimedia learning materials (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games, etc.) for use in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses;
c. test construction assistance, psychometric analysis and management/analysis of Blackboard analytics before/after inception;
d. designing and facilitating workshops for faculty and staff in instructional design and the use of educational technology as indicated by trends identified in the curriculum management plan;
e. the creation of engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention and transfer;
f. the creation of learning objectives that align with program competencies and learning metrics that measure them;
g. proctoring exams as necessary.
4. Other duties as assigned.
Two years to five years of experience
A Bachelor’s degree in education, instructional design, or a closely related field
A Master’s degree in education, or instructional design
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (preferred unless noted)
• Experience in the design and development of instructional materials, online courses, and distance learning-based curriculum. (required)
• Strong interpersonal, written, oral communication and organizational skills. Ability to work with faculty, staff, and students in a courteous and helpful manner.
• Knowledge and experience in using a wide variety of software (MS Office and Image editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop) and hardware tools related authoring, courseware design, and web development for developing online course materials. (required)
• Experience in using a learning management system (Blackboard experience preferred) to develop and design quality courses. (required)
• Good proofreading practices and skills.
• Basic understanding of test performance indices.
• Proven working experience in instructional design and with instructional technology
• Excellent knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models
• Lesson and curriculum planning skills
• Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with a diverse student and faculty population.
Job may require lifting lightweight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average-weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.
About University of Detroit Mercy
Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private university, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.