Interactive Learning Content Developer – WGU Academy

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  • Post Date: September 24, 2022
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Job Overview
Location: Home OfficeIf you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Who is WGU Academy?

At WGU Academy, we work collaboratively to dramatically impact college and workforce readiness efforts on a large scale. We are mission-driven, evidence-based, and laser-focused on learner success. Our primary mission is to develop and deliver novel solutions for college and career readiness to tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of individuals and propel them to success in whatever domain they choose.

This is a fully benefited, remote position that can be located anywhere in the 48 US States.

Why consider us?

  • Fully remote position where you will make a difference in a mission driven environment.
  • Equipment provided: Choice of Mac or PC laptop
  • Comprehensive and affordable benefits (including mental health benefits, and generous PTO) plus 403b matches and contributions where we put money into your retirement account, even if you are not contributing.
  • 75% employee tuition discount available at WGU for yourself, and 50% discount for qualifying family members.
  • Innovative, fun, and enriching team environment where are you valued, given credit where its due, and recognized for your contributions.
  • Collaborative and cross functional team, where honest communication is prioritized.

Who will you be helping?

Your work will improve the lives of learners, many of whom have traditionally been underserved by Higher Education and enroll in WGU Academy to get ready for college and career success. The learning experiences you design will enhance their cognitive, psychological, and emotional resilience in a beautiful and engaging way.

Who are you?

You are curious, creative, collaborative, and committed to excellence. You embrace opportunities for learning, growth, and improvement and enjoy working at a fast pace on projects that have clear-cut deadlines and objectives and follow a 2-3-week sprint cycle. You are mission-driven and love using your skills for the good of society.

How is success measured?

Success is measured with a mix of quality and quantity.  Once you’ve gained a deep understanding of Academy’s Style Guide and Design Manifesto, your work should increasingly reflect a deep understanding of our learners, our mission, and the holistic levels of learning we aim to achieve. You will enjoy the full support of your teammates, people leader, and others across Academy. We embrace failure as a learning opportunity and are always looking for ways to help one another when needed.

What will you be doing?

WGU Academy’s Product Design team uses a scrum-based, design thinking framework to create accessible, transformative experiences that ready learners for success.

You’ll be part of an agile team that includes a Learning Experience Designer and a Learning Design Writer handling multiple projects simultaneously, each at various stages of development. You will be designing prototypes, collecting feedback, iterating drafts, presenting ideas, attending meetings and sprint ceremonies. There will be opportunities to build out systems and improve processes. You’ll use your expertise to create engaging, user-facing, mobile-first, media-rich content for college and career readiness solutions including: illustrations, interactives, animations, videos, and audio files. Leveraging innovative thinking, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit you’ll have the opportunity to create world-class, accessible, learning experiences.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 

  • Participates in cross-functional, agile design team to develop transformative learning experiences.
  • Consults with team/project leads and others to inform and align with desired product goals and outcomes.
  • Works proficiently with interactive web technologies to blend text, images, sound, and video.
  • Explains evidence-based for media design decisions.
  • Regularly requests both informal and structured feedback from various sources and adjusts accordingly.
  • Rapidly produces multiple design concepts for usability testing, AB testing, and stakeholder review.
  • Assists in designing and creating storyboards and scripts.
  • Ensures technical feasibility of designs.
  • Produces final media within style guidelines that is accessible and optimized for web and mobile delivery.
  • Applies and drives best practices in media production, constantly elevating the quality of our product.
  • Provides instruction, tips, and templates for learning creation and editing techniques.
  • Develops and maintains a collaborative relationship with key stakeholders.
  • Model WGU’s Leadership Principles and Cultural Beliefs
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities 

  • Expertise in HTML 5, CSS 3, and JS as it applies across different browsers and screen resolutions.
  • Expert in design, layout, and visual communication for various assets that may include (and is not limited to slide decks, templates, infographics, videos, motion graphics, webpages, worksheets).
  • Experience in multimedia design and production for web development, mobile and/or eLearning, including graphics, animation, audio and video.
  • Expert-level proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite and digital design tools including video, animation, and audio editing software.
  • Excellent written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a fast-paced, agile environment.
  • Conceptual knowledge of web/software development.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years of similar work experience in media, educational technology, or marketing, or an advanced degree in digital media, adult education, instructional design or similar, without experience
  • Strong multimedia portfolio of original, interactive, digital materials submitted with application, preferably containing animations and samples of interactive learning content
  • Expertise with coding in HTML 5, JS 3, xAPI, and CSS.
  • 2+ years of professional-level design and media production work
  • LMS/UI Design experience
  • Demonstrable experience applying accessibility standards and inclusive content practices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with OpenEdX or LXP/LRS providers
  • Familiarity with Articulate 360
  • Experience in multimedia, motion, and graphic design production for eLearning
  • Familiarity with developing game-based learning experiences
  • Experience with mobile-first design and development strategies

Working Conditions

  • Limited travel for team meetings in Salt Lake City
  • Remote Position

Disclaimers: 

WGU Academy, Inc is an affiliated non-profit entity of 501c(3) Corporation of Western Governors University.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people.
We are committed to diversity.
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