Instructional Designer

Job Description

eCornell Instructional Designers create best-in-class online learning solutions drawing upon multimedia, progressive instructional principles, and strong collaboration abilities. They work in collaboration with Cornell University faculty, Product Management, Creative Services, and Project Management teams to effectively design and develop online learning products that meet student needs on time and on budget, while also providing a positive faculty experience. eCornell Instructional Designers are expected to be capable of designing and developing a range of online learning products (including certificate programs, for-credit programs, blended programs, etc.) according to eCornell instructional, content, and branding guidelines.


eCornell Instructional Designers manage the following responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

  • Collaborate with Cornell faculty (or outside Subject Matter Experts) and eCornell staff to produce best-in-class, outcomes-driven online learning on deadline and on budget.
  • Architect outcomes-driven learning solutions and all their required components, including those ultimately built by other resources including multimedia elements (animations, etc.), interactives, and assessments, all designed to enable eCornell students to achieve skills transfer.
  • Contribute to the evolution of eCornell’s online learning products and development model to meet the changing needs of students while taking advantage of emerging and relevant technologies.
  • Work with complex source material along with detailed development cycles, keeping both the process and the content highly accessible, streamlined, and focused for collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Apply and leverage multimedia techniques and resources (animations, interactives, video, web 2.0/3.0 features) where appropriate in developing learning solutions. This includes collaborations with graphic artists and programmers to conceptualize and execute animations, interactives, and/or other multimedia elements.
  • Effectively and efficiently communicate and collaborate with eCornell internal and contract staff leveraged to execute various course-development tasks.
  • Effectively represent eCornell in interactions with Cornell faculty and staff, leading faculty confidently and steadily through an iterative design process.
  • Collaborate with eCornell Project Management to scope projects, estimate effort, set schedules, and coordinate deliverables.
  • Conceptualize and create an engaging user experience whose components may include graphical user interface, page layout design, interactivity, and flow.
  • Provide technical assistance by responding to inquiries regarding errors, problems, or questions with online learning products as needed.
  • Train/orient new team members on course-development processes, tools, and techniques.
  • Actively engage with learning products created by competitors for benchmarking purposes.


  • Minimum five years of professional experience in the instructional design field or equivalent academic experience
  • Proven ability to design and develop impactful online learning programs
  • Bachelor’s degree in instructional design/technology (or related) preferred
  • A constructive and positive attitude, sense of urgency, and willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve project goals and requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing, and negotiating skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong collaborative qualities as well as the ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms to SMEs and students
  • Excellent editorial skills, including the ability to author course content in a conversational tone and general storytelling capabilities
  • Proven ability to manage and meet deadlines with multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to deal well with ambiguity and fast-paced change
  • Creative, practical problem-identification, problem-reporting, and problem-solving skills, including the application of those skills to the design and development of the final product
  • Excellent time- and project-management skills
  • Practical experience applying instructional design principles and practices—including needs and task analysis, design, development, implementation, and measurement—to the build of discrete learning solutions/interventions
  • Significant experience (minimum five years) with training development and learning program development in team environments
  • Active interest in adult learning theory and emerging approaches to online learning, including, but not limited to, social networking, mobile learning, problem-based learning, story-based learning, etc.
  • Experience in instructional systems design, preferably in the context of corporate training, executive education, and/or professional development
  • Some knowledge of CSS and HTML
  • While this position may be suitable for a remotely-based team member, it is preferable that the candidate be Ithaca based to work directly with faculty members and other Cornell or eCornell staff

No visa sponsorship is provided for this position. eCornell is an affirmation action/equal opportunity employer.

About eCornell

As Cornell University’s online learning unit, eCornell delivers online professional certificate courses to individuals and organizations around the world. Courses are personally developed by Cornell faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics, including data analytics, management, marketing, human resources, and leadership. Students learn in an interactive, small cohort format to gain skills they can immediately apply in their organizations, while earning a professional certificate from Cornell University. eCornell has offered online learning courses and certificate programs for 15 years to over 130,000 students at more than 2,000 companies.

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