Instructional Designer, Teaching and Learning Lab
Reference No. IRC45949
Job Title Instructional Designer, Teaching and Learning Lab
Posting Date 3-Mar-2021
Department Office of Academic Affairs
Organization Name College of Medicine and Health Sciences
About University

Khalifa University is a world-class, research-intensive institution in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The University’s mission is to seamlessly integrate research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in science, engineering, and medicine, and also to be a catalyst towards Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision for a knowledge-based economy. Khalifa University has two campuses in the city of Abu Dhabi – the KU Main Campus and the Sas Al Nakhl Campus, the latter housing two of KU’s flagship research institutes: Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute.

Brief Description

Reporting to the Program Director for Teaching and Learning in the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Instructional Designer plays an integral role in developing strategies and advancing experiences that promote faculty development and enhance the learning environment. The primary role of the instructional designer is to create, select and/or suggest instructional technologies, learning strategies, and experiences to enhance student and faculty performance, skills, knowledge, information, and attitude in order to promote the achievement of program goals and learning outcomes.

Detailed Description

Strategic Responsibilities

As a member of the Office of Faculty Affairs, and by utilizing instructional technologies, the Instructional Designer will work with team members to develop and implement an effective faculty development program focused on enhancing the teaching and learning skills of all members of the CMHS learning community, including faculty, residents, and medical students.


Operational Responsibilities

The Instructional Designer has the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Envision, design, develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum design initiatives based on the needs of the medical school.
  • Assist the faculty in creating engaging learning activities and compelling course content.
  • Explore and promote innovative pedagogic and engagement strategies including Traditional and Blended Learning, Just-in-Time Teaching, Flipped Classroom, etc.
  • Work with subject matter experts to identify the target audiences’ training needs. 
  • Visualize instructional graphics, the user interface, and the finished product. 
  • Analyze and apply trends and best practices in learning technologies and instructional design. 
  • Orient faculty to university learning technologies, including the learning management system (Moodle). 
  • Work with faculty to develop exercises and activities that enhance the learning process. 
  • Create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games, etc.). 
  • Design and develop curriculum design workshops and stand-alone digital resources to support students and faculty.
  • Help to identify courses that could benefit from course re-engineering through conversations with stakeholders and using data-driven methods.
  • Contribute to the scholarship of learning technology, learning design, and curriculum enhancement.
  • Adheres to the University’s information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and reports breaches or other security risks accordingly. 
  • Coordinates with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities, as and when needed.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the Line Manager. 
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • MA degree or higher in instructional design, educational technology, or similar relevant field

Required Experience

This role requires a minimum of 7 to 9 years of experience in curriculum design and/or instructional technology. The following attributes and list of experiences are required:

  • Previous working experience in instructional design (minimum 5 years) at the university level
  • In-depth knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models
  • Previous working experience with course development software
  • Management experience with at least one learning management systems (e.g. Moodle)
  • Basic HTML and Flash programming knowledge
  • Visual design skills (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio, and video scripts
  • Learns quickly and responds effectively to changing operational needs and circumstances
How To Apply A complete application includes curriculum vitae, cover letter, photo, and the names and contact information of three references.
Instructional Designer, Teaching and Learning Lab