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Instructional Designer

Position Job Title: Instructional Designer

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario (Hybrid)

Reports To: Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence

Primary Purpose

The University of Niagara Falls is looking for an instructional designer to join the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE). As an instructional designer you will report to the Director: Centre for Teaching Excellence and work closely with the developing CTE team, including the Senior Instructional Designer, and other academic and administrative units across the UNF community, in the development of interactive and research-grounded online courses. The Instructional Designer will collaborate with the CTE team to support faculty, curriculum developers, and specialists by designing instructional materials for diverse delivery modes. Leveraging instructional design best practices, they will create engaging, inclusive content and manage projects to ensure timely course completion.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop eLearning storyboards using creative designs and instructional best practices.
  • course templates within the Learning Management System (LMS) for multi-modal delivery.
  • faculty in developing instructional materials, organizing content, and selecting appropriate media formats.
  • support, and facilitate workshops and learning sessions.
  • with courseware developers to optimize collaborative learning experiences.
  • instructional strategies such as gamification, simulations, and case studies to enhance student learning.
  • and archive visual elements and instructional materials for future use.
  • multiple projects and prioritize needs to meet tight deadlines.
  • updated on graphic design tools, educational trends, and practices to inform instructional design.

Decision Making:

  • improvements to course structure and quality based on evidence and feedback.
  • tools and applications for effective teaching and learning.
  • policies, procedures, and guidelines to support course development and delivery.
  • intervention strategies to meet completion deadlines.
  • alternate design strategies when copyright restrictions apply.
  • synthesize, and clarify information as needed.
  • content, format, and delivery methods for workshops.

Centre for Teaching Excellence:

  • with CTE colleagues to develop and build courses, workshops, and interactives to support faculty and course development.
  • the overall mission of CTE to support the development of programs, courses, and faculty support at UNF.
  • collaboration with CTE colleagues, represent CTE in program development project teams.

Position Requirements:


  • in Learning Management Systems, particularly Brightspace.
  • developing technology-enhanced learning activities and assessments.
  • of teaching strategies to build engagement.
  • computer skills for designing engaging materials and presentations.
  • written, oral, and digital communication skills.
  • thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment.
  • of technology supports for teaching and learning.
  • in implementing learning activities and building assessment mechanisms.
  • project management skills to prioritize needs and resources and meet timelines.
  • of accessibility standards for AODA compliance and WCAG Guidelines.
  • knowledge of HTML would be an asset.

Experience and Education:

  • in Education or relevant field. Master’s degree would be an asset.
  • in Instructional Design or equivalent experience.
  • Matters certification.
  • working with faculty for a minimum of 2-4 years.
  • experience for a minimum of 2-4, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • design experience for a minimum of 2-4 years.
  • development experience would be an asset.

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

University of Niagara Falls, Canada (UNF) is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of color, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. University of Niagara Falls, Canada recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, UNF will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

We greatly appreciate your time and efforts in applying for the position at University of Niagara Falls Canada, however, please note only successful candidates will be contacted.

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