• Instructional Designer (part-time contract)

  • Job Description


     Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Aboriginal People, and persons with disabilities. To request any accommodations you may require to participate in the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms) contact accessibility@sheridancollege.ca to discuss your needs.


    Note: Credentials obtained outside of Canada require an evaluation to determine the Canadian educational equivalence. This evaluation must support the educational requirements for the position as a condition of employment. For further information, visit:
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    Reporting to the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies (FCAPS) Manager Learning Solutions on a project basis, the Instructional Designer (ID) is responsible and accountable for the entire design of a course, from the creation of a Course Outline to the integration of the course assets in Sheridan’s Learning Management SystemDuring the project’s planning phase, the ID develops the official, approval-ready Course Outline and drafts a Course Design Plan. The ID is responsible for guiding the Subject Matter Expert (SME) through a systematic Content Production Process (such as Knowledge Mapping) to conceptualize and elicit subject matter knowledge, and to formulate a working content structure within the information and skills to be taught. The ID is responsible for guiding the SME in the creation of course materials during the production phase. During the Quality Assurance phase, the Instructional Designer conducts a self-review using the Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RACI chart) and implements recommendations arising from the official review.


    Specific responsibilities include:

    • Consulting, guiding, and project-managing Subject Matter Expert (SME) throughout course design process;
    • Selecting and applying instructional design models and learning theories appropriate to each course development project;
    • Choosing the appropriate instructional strategies and media that support teaching and learning outcomes for classroom, blended, and online course delivery; 
    • Applying creative thinking approach to the design of instruction;
    • Collaborating with Curriculum Advisor to prepare Course Outline and accompanying documents for college approval processes (including learning outcomes, critical performance, course description, assessment plan, topical, major resources, pre-requisites, hours, credits, evaluation matrix, weekly course schedule, and other key course information);
    • In coordination with Project Manager, using online file repository (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive or SharePoint) and CPD’s online task management tool (Asana) to plan, schedule, and assign tasks; keep stakeholders informed; and control for milestones, due dates, and deliverables;
    • Ensuring quality of course design by adhering to the Quality Matters rubric for higher education (training provided);
    • Selecting and incorporating technologies that support the learning resources and assessments, effectively and efficiently, in order to meet the expected learning outcomes;
    • Integrating course materials in the Learning Management System (LMS; Slate [Desire2Learn]);
    • Producing and/or guiding the SME in the production of all but the most advanced e-learning assets (example: expected to set up all native LMS tools, but not to program a database);
    • Collaborating with Sheridan’s Visualization Design Institute (VDI) or external technical developer to design and develop course materials that exceed own technical capabilities (includes writing technical specifications and overseeing development of assets);


    The successful candidate will possess a  Master’s Degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Adult Education, e-learning, or a related field of study and a minimum of two years’ experience creating, developing and maintaining learning content for an online (asynchronous and synchronous) and blended environment. Experience with a learning management system, and Adobe products is preferred.  The candidate must possess superior organizational skills, along with excellent verbal and written communication skills.  A strong ability to manage multiple projects with shifting priorities and timelines is also required.  He/she will be able to work collaboratively with faculty and staff and be a strong team player.

    Appointment Details:
    Employee Group: Part Time
    School/Department: Continuing and Professional Studies
    Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus)
    Reference #: 15/PT/04
    Appointment Details: Hours and Renumeration determined on a course by course basis.
    Application Deadline: Open until filled


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