Non-Credit Instructor: Empathy + Social Insight For Human-Centred Design Micro-Certification, Fall 2020

University Toronto Ontario College of Art & Design

Non-Credit Instructor: Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design Micro-Certification, Fall 2020
Job Code1854
DepartmentContinuing Studies
Employment TypeTemporary/Contract
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The Office of Continuing Studies invites applications for the following anticipated course offering in the fall 2020 academic year.

Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design Micro-Certification

Offered Asynchronously Online, November 2, 2020 – December 11, 2020

In this micro-certification, participants will learn about why you need to develop an understanding of the people you are designing for, and how - through observation, empathy & social research - you will be able to define the problem or opportunity to focus on, identify and evaluate complex challenges and opportunities at the intersection of design, technology, and social theory.

Learning Outcomes:
1) Employ a basic design vocabulary of elements and principles as related to human-centred design.
2) Consider relevant ethnographic research methods to understand people and context for uncovering insights.
3) Identify and evaluate complex challenges and opportunities at the intersections of design, technology, and social theory.
The micro-certification is offered in collaboration with an industry partner. The instructor will consult with our partner in the curriculum design and delivery.  


  • Post-secondary degree (Masters preferred), or have comparable professional accomplishments
  • Expertise in user experience design
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Experience with collaboration in an educational environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation/written communication skills
  • Experience with online curriculum development and delivery for adult learners at an advanced level


Responsibilities: Course outline development, preparation and delivery; participation in Instructor and program meetings

Terms of Employment: The contract is for the duration of the course only and is subject to sufficient enrolment.

Application deadline: July 31, 2020 at 4pm or until the position is filled

Applications should include: a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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