University of Waterloo

  • Instructional Learning Object Specialist

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5386 - Library
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $54,589 - $68,236
  • Overview

    Term: 1 year


    The Instructional Learning Object Specialist (the Specialist) is responsible for creating multimedia learning materials, interactions, and interfaces for the Library’s online instruction presence. The Specialist works within a team that includes the Instructional Design Librarian and the Library Associate for E-Learning & User Experience Assessment and others. They interface with students, liaison librarians, and other stakeholders as appropriate to ensure content is interpreted, shaped, and translated into multimedia in such a way as to provide an effective online learning experience.


    Performs tasks related to the production of custom online learning objects addressing library and information sciences content using common development tools and techniques

    • Collaborates in an online, technology-rich environment with instructional design stakeholders to design online learning objects
    • Establishes and/or refines project management and workflow practices within the instructional design team
    • Creates and maintains all project management documentation and oversight strategies (e.g., timelines, schedules, work-breakdown structures, etc.)
    • Advises and participates in the implementation and support of instructional object design for multiple uses/interactions and review of individual elements when required
    • Builds online learning objects independently, including custom design of graphics related to content of instruction, and coach others in instructional design as needed
    • Provides technical troubleshooting support on development tools as needed

    Plans and communicates within the instructional design team and with other stakeholders under the direction of the Instructional Design Librarian

    • Establishes and maintains communication strategies within the instructional design team
    • Communicates effectively with external stakeholders, in both oral and written formats
    • Appraises and reports on both the overall status and progress of multiple, simultaneous projects through regular updates, meetings, and communications
    • Learns and uses new technologies to enhance and deliver information services
    • Articulates application of online teaching and learning strategies for a variety of stakeholders

    Combines technological knowledge of multimedia authoring tools and techniques with visual design, and remain current with regards to best practices for optimal user experience and web accessibility, to ensure that the use of multimedia is effective for all learners

    • Remains current and conversant with trends and practices in areas of expertise and their application within the Library and campus community by:
    • Maintaining general awareness of trends and developments in libraries and academia
    • Maintaining awareness in areas of expertise and exploring potential local impacts or applications
    • Participates in professional development in areas such as instructional design, multimedia teaching and learning tools, pedagogy, etc.
    • Applies deep understanding of online teaching and learning strategies/paradigms
    • Conducts research, analysis, and provide reporting on learner populations and need for and effectiveness of instructional interventions for those learners
    • Ensures learning objects are accessible and have alternate format options

    Provides library instructional support within the Department and through general instruction efforts

    • Assists with instructional preparation, including technical set-up and materials preparation
    • Assists with instructional delivery
    • Assists users during the instructional sessions, in particular with hands-on sessions
    • Assists with instruction sessions wrap-up
    • Supports universal design for learning through review of materials and inclusion of provisions such as alt-tags, OCR-ing of PDFs, ensuring documents are screen reader compliant, etc.


    • Degree or diploma in digital media design/development, interaction design, or related field
    • Experience in multimedia design and development with portfolio demonstrating range of projects and applications
    • Experience working with current instructional design technologies
    • Project management experience and/or training
    • Proven ability to work effectively in a service oriented environment, which values collaboration and collegiality
    • Experience working in an online learning context in the higher education environment would be an asset
    • Knowledge of digital media authoring tools and production techniques
    • Familiarity with web technologies and a good understanding of the current technology landscape and issues
    • Works effectively in service oriented, online, collaborative, and technology-rich environments
    • Demonstrated ability to use and learn new technologies to enhance and deliver information services
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
    • Superior organization skills, time management
    • Demonstrated superior work ethic, initiative, ability to work independently with occasional direction
    • Demonstrated attention to detail
    • Continuous improvement mindset
    • Staff training and mentoring skills
    • Basic understanding of user assessment practices
    • Knowledge of accessibility standards and applicability to online learning



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