Learning Experience Designer

Learning and Development United States Scottsdale, Arizona San Diego, California Los Angeles, CA Salt Lake City, UT Seattle, Washington Denver, Colorado Tuscon, Arizona Colorado Springs, Colorado Provo, Utah


The Learning Experience Designer (LXD) creates innovative and engaging online courses by employing current online teaching and learning methodologies. This position works with subject matter experts to design and develop courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional development levels. The LXD provides guidance on aligning competencies, assessments, and learning objects to optimize the learning experience. The Learning Experience Designer works in collaboration with team members to oversee project management processes and resources, project documents and other related materials. Additionally, this position is expected to contribute to the following steps in the curriculum development process.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct needs assessment and initial analysis as part of their collaboration with NU Faculty and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
  • Ensure alignment of curriculum to assessment and online content.
  • Employ teaching and learning best practices into the development of online content.
  • Author original content and modify existing materials in coordination with SMEs.
  • Incorporate digital media into the e-learning platform.
  • Maintain and update course related content.
  • Consult in designing effective assessments and evaluation methods.
  • Integrate credential and badging opportunities associated with national trends and workforce standards.
  • The Learning Experience Designer consults with lead faculty and curriculum specialists on online course curriculum development by:
    • Designing and providing recommendations for custom multimedia activities and other engaging course elements.
    • Developing and consulting on appropriate assessment strategies.
    • Conducting training and coaching on best practices for online course design.
  • The Learning Experience Designer both designs and builds the course from start to finish by:
  • Evaluating course materials to ensure that online course curriculum is consistent with requirements as specified by SMEs.
    • Planning, conceptualizing, and organizing multimedia and design projects.
    • Making design decisions and creating original content.
    • Designing and developing effective custom multimedia content.
  • May act as lead on course development or multimedia projects.
  • For academic courses:
    • Coordinate with SMEs, Faculty, Curriculum and Assessment, and Multimedia Design team to develop existing and/or original online course content.
    • Assist in designing innovative and engaging online courses while incorporating digital media into the e-learning platform.
    • Translate subject matter expertise into instructional content through original and modified course materials, design mockups and visuals, scenarios and simulations, storyboards, and other documentation.
    • Create job aids and tutorials to assist instructors with online course delivery tools and/or platforms.
  • Collaborate with SMEs to provide consulting on online Learning and instructional design best practices.
  • Write and align competencies at the micro- to macro-level, create formative assessment, aligned learning objects, and adaptive instructional strategies
  • Assist in developing and maintaining online teaching and learning standards/framework for institutional course development.
  • Develop courses from start to finish, including multimedia and building in the LMS, across a primarily agile methodology.
Supervisory Responsibilities: NA

Education & Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, or bachelor’s degree and professional credentials in eLearning design and development.
  • Three to four years of experience developing courses in a corporate, educational, or freelance environment or commensurate experience in fields related to education, instruction, curriculum development, research and assessment, training, project management and online pedagogy required.
  • One to four years’ experience with at least one of the following eLearning development tools:
    • Online course creation within hosting platforms such as Brightspace, Blackboard, Canvas
    • Online learning or training and development tools such as Articulate Storyline or Rise, Kaltura, Videoscribe, Piktochart
  • At least two years of higher education experience in instruction, leadership, curriculum development, research and assessment, and online pedagogy is strongly preferred.
  • Certification in project management, or proof of at least six (6) months project management training is a plus.
Competencies/Technical / Functional Skills
  • Intermediate-to-advanced knowledge of common eLearning development tools and LMS.
  • Knowledge in education and training, developing original e-learning content, or the employment of instructional design systems methodologies in the development of online curricula
  • Demonstrated experience in content development, curriculum development, and training.
  • Strong knowledge of Internet terms, technologies, and protocols.
  • Experience in academic planning, assessment, accreditation, and certification.
  • Ability to conduct research through a variety of methods.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in development of eLearning materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and counseling skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of personnel.
  • Knowledge and experience working in adult education in the academic and training environment.
  • Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail and follow-through, as well as the ability to organize a multitude of tasks under time constraints.
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities including interpersonal relations are essential.
Travel: N/A

The National University System is committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations we serve. As a network of nonprofit educational institutions, the System employs more than 3,300 faculty and staff and serves over 41,000 students. We are united in our mission to meet the global education demands of the 21st Century and are dedicated to creating a supportive academic and work environment that allows for students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity. With programs available both online and at our many campus locations, the National University System is a leader in creating innovative solutions to education and meeting the needs of our diverse student population, including adult learners and working professionals.

The National University System offers a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries, and an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The System does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by state of federal laws.