1117 Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technology – West Plains


TITLE 1117 Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technology – West Plains




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs


The Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technology – West Plains supports classes as defined by course pedagogy, assists faculty by responding to questions and concerns, and provides an overall positive experience for participating faculty and students. The Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technology – WP assists faculty in producing materials presented through all learning modalities, works closely with faculty to develop pedagogically-effective methodologies, and supports faculty in course development and design processes. The Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technology – WP investigates educational technologies and works in collaboration with faculty to design, develop, effectively utilize, and evaluate the instructional environment and learning materials in order to meet the teaching and learning needs of faculty. 


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction, instructional design, educational technology, or a related discipline is preferred.

Experience: With a Bachelor’s degree, at least three years of instructional design or related experience is required. With a Master’s degree as described above, at least two years of instructional design or related experience is required. Experience working with a course management system and other instructional technology is required. Experience with online teaching and face-to-face instruction in a college environment is preferred. Experience working with both Macintosh and Windows platforms is preferred. 

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are required. Project management and organizational skills are required. Comprehensive technology skills, including learning management systems, streaming video, and the various devices that users may employ, are required. The ability to troubleshoot technology issues is required. Expertise and competencies in instructional design are required. Knowledge of best practices in instructional technologies, online, blended, and face-to-face pedagogy is required. Skill in designing and delivering training programs that focus on instructional technology and practices used in the improvement of instructional effectiveness is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and the skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Specialized computer skills, including competency in the use of the internet and the use of presentation software such as PowerPoint are preferred.

Other: The scope of the position requires some evening and weekend work to oversee the online course program including the introduction of classes and student support activities. The position occasionally requires attendance and participation at evening and weekend activities and workshops.  Occasional travel to workshops, seminars, and professional development and University events is required.


1. Assists faculty in the development and implementation of online courses including preparing administrative guidelines, recommending policy and procedural changes, and coordinating with academic departments at the University.

2. Works cooperatively with faculty members, the Faculty Senate’s assessment committee and curriculum committee and, if applicable, digital media production staff to coordinate course development, and coordinates activity and facilitates communication to appropriate campus constituencies.

3. Serves as chair of the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs’ Distance Learning committee.

4. Facilitates student access to courses through a variety of venues

5. Responds to student and faculty issues and provides support for program delivery.

6. Works with faculty on the development of courses and ensures course quality through the appropriate blend of pedagogy and technology-based on learning theory and instructional design practices.

7. Provides consultations and serves as a resource to faculty on the design, development, evaluation, and revision of learning outcomes, course modality, high-impact learning practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility issues, copyright, and effective assessment strategies.

8. Supports faculty use of instructional technologies through training and tutorials, troubleshooting, and providing other support services as needed.

9. Prepares course trend analysis, conducts data analysis, and disseminates information.

10. Works cooperatively with University Communications staff and/or the campus Enrollment Management committee to develop and implement effective recruitment and marketing strategies related to the online course program, including participation in community outreach.

11. As assigned by the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, works with other units of Missouri State University-West Plains to meet the needs of prospective students and to personally assist enrolled students.

12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development seminars, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

14. Supports the overall success of Missouri State University-West Plains by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technology - WP is supervised by the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs.