The Office of Medical Student Curriculum (OMSC) delivers the highest quality four-year Doctor of Medicine curriculum for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In support of the OMSC’s mission, the Instructional Designer advises and assists faculty, teaching assistants, and others in the identification, operationalization, and effective use of innovative teaching and assessment strategies and, where appropriate, instructional technologies. The Instructional Designer leads or serves as a contributing member of project teams that develop new curriculum and/or educational technology resources, and serves on academic and technical committees to contribute to the expansion of the institution's knowledge base for educational best practices, educational research, and instructional technology enhancement objectives.
The Instructional Designer manages the curriculum database, leads and manages the development and deployment of student assessments and course evaluations, and is a key member of the Continuous Quality Improvement team. This is a fast-paced, deadline-driven, hands-on position that requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptability, and the ability to respond to competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude.
The Instructional Designer reports to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), and is an integral part of the OMSC and the broader educational community. The position works closely with all members of the OMSC, the Office of Assessment and Evaluation, the Office of Information Technology, and the Office of Online, educational leaders (deans, directors, vice provosts, faculty, etc.), educators, and staff across the Johns Hopkins University, as well as medical students.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Assessment and Program Evaluation. Manage and implement instructional technologies (e.g., ExamSoft, Blackboard, Qualtrics, etc.) to support the curriculum, assessments, and course evaluations, primarily (but not exclusively) for Years 1 and 2, and for continual quality improvement. Examples include:
managing the development and implementation of online testing
generating, interpreting, and distributing student and test performance analysis reports
using data to identify and recommend potential exam improvements
creating, distributing, collecting, compiling, and interpreting course evaluation data
creating and administering narrative assessments for Years 1 and 2
collaborating with education leaders to evaluate implementation of new elements of the curriculum
Developing formative and summative assessment plans
Curriculum Inventory (CI)
overseeing the curriculum management systems and monitoring the integrity of the data entry (currently Oasis and CampusLabs)
generating and analyzing curriculum inventory reports
overseeing annual reporting and uploading to the national Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) CI Database
staying current on changes to AAMC CI and managing and updating any required changes to the CI database
Instructional and Scholarly Support
identifying and advocating for innovative pedagogical techniques and uses of technologies as instructional tools
evaluating new educational technologies to meet current and emerging curricular needs
developing faculty and graduate teaching assistants in instructional techniques and educational technologies, which includes developing and providing workshops, individual consultation, and online resources. Examples of topics include:
course syllabus development
effective lecture delivery techniques
active learning strategies
student feedback during and outside of class
student assignments (individual and collaborative)
use of digital video and audio to enhance instruction
facilitating online discussion and collaboration
learner assessment and course evaluation
leading educational initiatives that embed new pedagogical techniques and/or educational technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Project team members might include faculty, software developers, web developers, graphic designers, students, vendors, etc.
initiating and writing pedagogical sections of proposals to foundations, government agencies, or private donors
researching, identifying, evaluating, and recommending innovative pedagogical strategies and new educational technology resources
maintaining the interactive curriculum website
representing the School of Medicine and the OMSC on University-wide committees and in public forums
communicating and disseminating innovative and effective teaching practices to internal and external communities
Minimum Qualifications (Required)
Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, or related field
Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in course design and development, faculty training, or program/course assessment/evaluation required.
Advanced degree may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience..For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Master’s degree in Educational Psychology or a related field and at least five (5) years related experience strongly preferred.
Experience in medical education preferred.
Knowledge of or experience with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation standards, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), and/or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Competencies and Milestones preferred
Experience or mastery in working with Oasis, Blackboard, Campus Labs, Examsoft, and Qualtrics preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The successful candidate thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and is comfortable juggling multiple and competing priorities. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail-oriented team player capable of participating in highly collaborative instructional development processes and activities and willing to contribute wherever needed to ensure team and student success. The successful candidate must possess a combination of the following knowledge and skills:
Excellent written and oral communication skills (required)
Ability to work independently (required)
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (required)
Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate teams of high-level professionals (faculty, senior administrators, and technical specialists) to conceptualize, develop, and execute projects
Demonstrated ability to manage and administer exams
Demonstrated ability to conduct statistical item analysis to identify specific domains to improve the reliability of exam results
Demonstrated proficiency in project management skills
Demonstrated ability to set and fulfill priorities
Demonstrated knowledge of current pedagogical research and practices
Demonstrated knowledge of current assessment research and best practices in medical education
Demonstrated knowledge of current course evaluation research and best practices. Ability to exercise independent judgment to solve problems in creative and productive ways
Demonstrated ability to work with multiple constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies
Experience teaching in a higher education environment
Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
Communication skills using the spoken word.
Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 10lbs. or less.
Occasionally pushing, pulling objects weighing 30lbs. or less.
Ability to move about.
Classified Title: Instructional Designer Working Title: Instructional Designer Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $60,945 - $83,865 (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5pm / 37.5 hrs per week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002614-SOM Admin New Curric Graduate Curriculum Personnel area: School of Medicine
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