Instructional Designer, Business

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Job Description

In conjunction with other stakeholders, the instructional designer evaluates and selects curricular materials (e.g. courses, technologies, modules) based on a course selection rubric, providing expertise on the instructional effectiveness of learning resources. He or she works closely with internal and external stakeholders, researching and incorporating current industry trends, proven instructional strategies, and quality measures into the curriculum of each degree program. In addition, the instructional designer works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop course competencies and objectives. The Instructional Designer is responsible for the success of a number of projects simultaneously, assessing risk, reporting progress, and communicating effectively with stakeholders in an effort to promote collaboration and accountability.


  • Evaluate and assist in the selection of high-quality learning resources for degree programs in business, general education, information technology, health professions, and teacher education.
  • Develop course curricula according to WGU’s development model and quality standards.
  • Utilize content knowledge, collaboration with subject-matter experts, and in-depth study of related resources to create courses that represent the most current, research-based ideas in education.
  • Ensure that quality standards and WGU’s vision and mission are reflected in all aspects of the student experience.
  • Ensure course development is completed on time and within budget, and meets standards of quality.
  • Model leadership and professionalism in the development/design process.
  • Learn which internal and external stakeholders are involved in program development, then develop and maintain collaborative relationships with them.
  • Research, evaluate, and implement current trends for a given industry and instructional / curricular strategies.
  • Apply evidence-based curriculum development strategies to the design of degree programs.
  • Review current course of study/learning resources/assessments to ensure proper alignment to the intended objectives.
  • Review and edit curricular materials including competency statements, learning objectives, and other relevant documentation.
  • Conduct training and facilitation of subject-matter experts on the processes and tasks associated with program design and development.
  • Develop internal documentation around the theory and process utilized in the design and development of degree programs.

Required Skills

  • Thorough understanding of curriculum development, instructional design, and test development.
  • Thorough understanding of project management, needs assessment, and risk management.
  • Superior critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration, support, and buy-in from a variety of stakeholders.

Required Experience

  • Three or more years of online course design experience or curriculum development or comparable experience.
  • Master's degree in curriculum and instruction design preferred.
  • Experience with online instruction and adult learning models.
  • Knowledge of learning theory and student learning styles.
  • Advanced technical writing and editing skills required.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Experience in online learning technologies and pedagogies.
  • Advanced critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis skills required.
  • Advanced skills in planning, organizing, and self-management required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a deadline driven environment.
  • Manage multiple projects at different stages, while meeting deadlines and quality standards.
  • Must be precise, thorough, and detail oriented.
  • Strong Microsoft Office and Internet skills.

Job Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

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