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Subject Matter Expert – Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum

Apply now Job no: 499633
Work type: Part-Time
Location: Other - See posting for details
Categories: Drexel University, School of Education


The Subject Matter Expert (SME) will serve as the creator, preparer, and developer of online courses and related materials as specified by the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Department (TLC) within the School of Education. Subject Matter Experts work collaboratively with Program Directors, Instructional Designers, and the Director of Online Learning to prepare materials including, but not limited to, syllabi; instructor notes; concept introductions; learning objective specifications; instructional content presentations; learning activity descriptions; and assessment articulations.

Selected candidates will serve on an ad-hoc basis. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and will be reviewed when openings become available.

This position is solely to create, prepare, and/or develop the online TLC course. In the event that Drexel wishes to retain the services of the SME to teach the course, a separate written agreement will be entered into between the parties.


As the Subject Matter Expert, you will work closely with your assigned Instructional Designer to develop a TLC course. You will use a predetermined course template, format, and guidelines which will be provided by the School of Education. Content due dates will be established between you and your Instructional Designer during your initial planning meeting. In the case of a course update or re-development, the Program Director will identify which of the elements need to be updated. Course-level and weekly learning objectives are required in every course.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Updating the course syllabus which requires the course description exactly as it appears in the Drexel Course Catalog;
  • Providing a brief overview of the course and its main components so that instructors who teach the course will have a sense of its design and how best to teach it;
  • Introducing weekly overview concepts;
  • Specifying learning objectives identifying what students should be able to do after the course/module/activity is concluded;
  • Gathering instructional content for learners, such as online resources, visuals, videos, presentations, etc.; so that instructional designers can produce multimedia elements – all content will be required to be accessible for students with disabilities
  • Describing learning activities to reinforce key concepts;
  • Articulating assessments including formative and summative evaluations.


  • Master’s Degree in Education or a related field
  • 1 or more years of professional experience is required.


  • Degree specialization in area where SME is developing the course
  • 1 or more years of experience working or teaching in the field.

LOCATION:  University City, Philadelphia, PA or Remote


Qualified candidates are invited to submit a CV along with a letter of interest.

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