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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. An online portfolio is welcomed, but not required.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Learning Experience Designer (LXD) to join a creative and talented team at the School of Social Work and within the Office of Academic Innovation (AI) that is shaping the digital learning landscape at U-M and beyond.  The LXD will be funded by the School of Social Work and will have a primary focus on educational innovation within the School of Social Work (SSW).  NOTE: This is a three-year, term-limited position.

The School of Social Work is redesigning their residential curriculum and looking to engage in a range of new and innovative instructional initiatives that align with strategic opportunities at the school. The Learning Experience Designer role will be deeply involved with the School and Academic Innovation on these endeavors.

The University of Michigan has been a pioneer in delivering massive open online courses (MOOCs) through multiple platforms such as Coursera and EdX and has reached over 6 million online learners. The SSW has developed a set of MOOCs with AI as a pilot to improve workforce development for social workers and increase access to the UM-SSW program.


Learning Experience Designers work closely with faculty, design managers, programmers, researchers, and media specialists to design and enhance learning experiences. This particular LXD role will be a key contributor in expanding the capabilities of the School of Social Work and AI to achieve our vision of transforming education by designing and enhancing residential, hybrid, and online course experiences that meet our expectations of innovation, rigor, quality, and community engagement. By leading the instructional design process, the Learning Experience Designer role will assist faculty in incorporating best practices, learning theories, and engagement techniques in the development of new courses and the transformation of existing courses.  This role reports to both AI’s Director for Learning and Media Design and to the SSW Associate Dean for Educational Programs.


The ideal candidate for this position will have worked in diverse team environments, has experience in instructional design within higher education, has a passion for improving access to education, and has a desire to explore and research how digital technologies can be used in residential, hybrid, and online settings to transform education. Because this position’s focus will be on initiatives within the School of Social Work, a demonstrated interest in the values of the social work community is a plus.


Course Design

  • Collaborate on the design and evaluation of high-quality online and blended courses
  • Apply instructional design methods and learning theories to learner-centered course design
  • Lead SSW faculty collaborators through the instructional design process and ensure that the course design, activities, and resources are appropriately aligned with course and SSW outcomes
  • Develop learning outcomes and learner personas for primary and secondary audiences
  • Map content and activities to support learner successfully meeting outcomes
  • Work with faculty to create engaging activities, assessments, interactions, and quizzes
  • Storyboard activities/animations when additional coding or graphics are required
  • Review and create instructional graphics to support learning and accessibility
  • Maintain documentation of course design decisions
  • Provide feedback on consistency and appropriateness of course content and presentation
  • Complete course design and accessibility checklists
  • Review course during production and implementation phase
  • Lead course iteration reviews

Applied Research

  • Interview/survey SSW faculty and students to understand needs
  • Administer course demographic and satisfaction surveys
  • Analyze survey data and learning analytics data to inform course iteration
  • Stay current on research regarding learning theories, online tools, trends
  • Propose applied research

Capacity Expansion

  • Contribute instructional design expertise through workshops for SSW faculty and staff
  • Contribute to developing design templates, checklists, guidelines for best practices
  • Contribute to growth and development of AI through U-M collaborations and innovation

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience working in higher education
  • Master’s degree in educational theory, instructional design, educational technology, or related field with at least 5 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of assessing learning outcomes and project outcomes
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated expertise in instructional design
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working in a team environment
  • Passion for changing teaching and learning through technology
  • Enthusiasm for and evidence of a creative problem-solving mindset

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with gameful pedagogy
  • Experience evaluating academic technologies
  • Experience successfully redesigning residential courses for fully-online and/or hybrid course delivery
  • PhD in educational theory, instructional design, or educational technology
  • Skills in visual communication and user experience design
  • Skills in developing web-based interactives

Additional Information

NOTE: This is a three-year, term-limited position.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.  This posting may be removed from the UM Jobs board and filled any time after the minimum posting period (one week) has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.