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Online Course Development Opportunity | Course Developer – Certificate in Data Science

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) at the University of Guelph is recruiting a course developer who can support the refreshment of the Introduction to Data Science course in the Certificate in Data Science. This course will be updated to align with current practices in the field and revised program learning outcomes. We are seeking candidates with expertise and proven industry experience in data science and analysis and a demonstrated commitment to teaching, online learning, and student success.

Program Information

The Data Science Certificate program is a professional development opportunity that provides an in-depth understanding of data's critical role in contemporary decision-making and equips students with the knowledge and expertise to meet the growing demand for data professionals and drive progress in the field. The Certificate is a non-degree program designed for professionals seeking to meet the growing demand for expertise in data science within the business landscape and who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the technical concepts and challenges associated with Big Data. It is comprised of four 11-week courses offered annually and delivered entirely online through the University of Guelph’s learning management system (Brightspace by D2L).

The Introduction to Data Science course serves as an entry point into the realm of data science, equipping students with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a journey of data exploration and analysis. Through a combination of theoretical concepts and hands-on practical exercises, students will learn to harness the potential of data to make informed decisions to solve real-world problems.

To maintain the overall program structure, the course developer will work within a set of parameters in continuous consultation with the Distance Education team.

The course development will be starting as early as August 26, with a 6-month completion timeline.


We are looking for a subject matter expert who can work with the manager, program development and the Distance Education team to update the Introduction to Data Science course to reflect current practices within the data science industry.

The course developer will:

  • Participate in planning meetings as well as regular update meetings with the instructional design team throughout the project
  • Create a revised course framework, unit prototype, assessments, and course content
  • Develop written course content with rich and relevant real-life examples and practice case studies
  • Design learning activities and visuals that reinforce key concepts and skills to support effective knowledge sharing
  • Revise, select and/or create appropriate course resources (articles, images, video, etc.) for the course
  • Create or select resources considering copyright, accessibility and quality assurance requirements and standards
  • Revise assessments and grading rubrics to align with course learning outcomes
  • Participate in a quality review and revision of the course within the learning management system before launch
  • Review and respond to feedback from the development team


  • A graduate degree from an accredited institution and expertise in data science, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least five years of industry experience in data science or a related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge and professional experience in R and Python, data extraction processes, cleaning and preprocessing, manipulating and transforming data, machine learning, project planning, ethics and governance, data-driven decision making, and programming fundamentals
  • An ability to engage with academic and grey literature in the field to identify suitable resources to inform course content
  • Experience with curriculum development—including course content, resources and assessments
  • Experience developing materials for learning management systems to facilitate an online learning experience
  • Previous adult or post-secondary level teaching experience is an asset
  • Excellent experience balancing competing priorities for your time and appropriately managing your time to meet deadlines
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of an academic team
  • Exceptional communication, especially in the realm of writing, and an ability to articulate complex ideas, concepts and processes clearly and concisely in writing
  • Excellent organizational, presentation, and communication skills
  • A high level of confidence in using Microsoft Office Suite to develop high-quality content
  • Access to the internet and computer technology to participate in the course development, including access to audio and video equipment and software. You have the equipment to participate in the process.

Compensation for this contract is $6,500.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV outlining your interest, education and experience and how you meet the qualifications.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 9, 2024 to:

Lisa Blenkinsop
Manager, Program Development
Open Learning and Educational Support
University of Guelph

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