Subject Matter Expert- Web Frameworks

Subject Matter Expert

Web Frameworks

Rasmussen College


Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college that is dedicated to changing lives and the communities it serves through high-demand and flexible educational programs. Since 1900, the College has been committed to academic innovation and providing the highest standard of education while empowering students to pursue a college degree. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs online and across its 23 Midwest and Florida campuses. A pioneer in online education, the College is helping lead advancements in innovations such as competency-based education and comprehensive student support services that help working adults advance their careers. The College is also committed to providing a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) will act as Contractors assigned to collaborate with an Instructional Designer. Instructional Designers are members of the Curriculum Development Team and report to the Director of Curriculum Development.

Position Summary:

Participate in a Kickoff call

All Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are expected to participate in a kickoff call with the ID and the appropriate Department Chair (DC). The goal of the call is to create a shared vision for the course, discuss any special considerations, and get started on the High Level Design of the course.

Produce raw content for the following deliverables:

  • High Level Design document.

  • CBE (competency based education) for course content depending on the course’s program.

    • Assessments, activities, and rubrics.

    • Supplemental resources (e.g. content) in support of learning outcomes.

    • Notes/answer keys/ teaching suggestions as necessary to be included as a Faculty Guide.

  • Test Outs as necessary.

Produce original instructional materials for online learning

Subject Matter Experts are hired to provide expertise in the subject area. As such, we are looking to the SME to provide original content and not only rely solely on the textbook or publisher materials.

This content should:

  • Translate expected learning outcomes into instructional material that allows students to achieve weekly learning outcomes.

  • Meet Rasmussen’s course development style standards.

  • Be checked for accuracy and consistency of spelling, grammar, and other mechanical and style issues before submission.

  • Incorporate constructive feedback into online tests, exams, and quizzes. If necessary, provide feedback prompts to other non-objective assignments that instructors can use when teaching the course

Deliver the content using the appropriate templates

The content map template provides content that can be directly translated into the finished course. What you see in the document is what will appear in the course.

Deliver the content in a timely manner

There are many people involved in the creation of an online course. Each is dependent on the others to have their part completed by a certain time; therefore, it is imperative that delivery milestones are met.

Participate in regular review sessions with the ID

The ID will be regularly reviewing the work submitted by the SME. Hence, the SME must be available for a regularly scheduled feedback call or email with the ID. ID and SME will come to an agreement on the time, frequency, and form of these communications.

Recognize that the content you submit must be ready for production

You are responsible for a finished product. Do your best to submit your most polished effort, rather than a “rough draft.” Your ID will support you in these efforts.

Realize what you submit may need to be changed

When you submit content it is reviewed by ID. All content produced must meet the approval of the ID assigned to the course. They in turn, may ask you to edit what was submitted, change the structure of the course, create different assessment instruments, or provide new material. In some instances, the ID may edit the materials in order to meet the development standards and ensure the timely delivery of the course.

Once the ID delivers the course to production, the materials go through a detailed quality assurance process. This is another point where content may be changed.

Be an available resource

The SME is expected to be an available resource throughout the entire course development process.

The SME is most involved in the design and writing phase of the development. This initial phase includes participating in the kick-off call, creating a high-level design for the course, creating all materials for modules, and creating all student and instructor support materials. This phase lasts between 12-14 weeks.

After the design phase, the course is turned over to production. During this production phase, the SME may be called upon to answer questions or make modifications to course materials.

Fulfill all the above responsibilities

SME must fulfill all the stated responsibilities for a positive collaboration.


  • Doctorate Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Software Engineering, Software Application Development, Software Systems Development, or Information Systems with a Programming emphasis

  • Must have experience with Advanced JavaScript

  • Must have NoSql Database background

  • Preferred curriculum development experience

At Rasmussen, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed supporting and encouraging diversity in the workplace. We welcome our employee’s differences regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, gender identity, disability or veteran status.



  • Master's Degree or better in Computer Science


  • Master's Degree or better in Computer Information Systems or related field

  • Master's Degree or better in Software Engineering or related field

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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