Learning Experience Design Student Fellow

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Fall 2022-Winter 2023 fellowship opportunity that is available to all University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about CAI and its guiding principles by visiting our website

In April 2022, CAI announced the development of 10 courses using Extended Reality (XR) on Coursera. This presents an opportunity for CAI to focus on accessible design for immersive learning at scale. For this particular position, candidates should have an interest in both digital accessibility and XR in online education.


What we’re looking for:

The Learning Experience Design Student Fellow works closely with the Learning Experience Design (LXD) Team within CAI to support the design of learning experiences for students in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online certificate programs, online degree programs, and residential courses. Ideal candidates actively embrace challenges, demonstrate enthusiasm for innovation, and have a passion for online education. Specific requirements for this fellowship are as follows: 

Required Qualifications  

  • Strong desire to learn about digital accessibility in online education 
  • Strong desire to learn about XR in online education
  • Interest in digital education, educational technologies, and instructional design 
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing requirements and priorities
  • Current student at the University of Michigan

Desired Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Suite, various Adobe Creative Cloud programs, Canva, etc.
  • Experience as a learner in online courses, including MOOCs, offered on platforms such as Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn
  • Experience as a user of XR technology (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality)
  • Completed relevant coursework in the School of Education or School of Information, or can demonstrate experience in teaching and learning principles


What you’ll do:

The core responsibilities below can be tailored to the interests or skill set of the candidate. Working with the Learning Experience Designer for Accessibility and the LXD team, the fellow will be guided through the following:

Develop knowledge of Accessible and Inclusive Design principles

  • Develop familiarity with WCAG 2.1 guidelines and how to apply them in digital education environments
  • Remediate various online course materials to increase the accessibility of content (closed captioning in lecture videos, visual appearance of lecture slides, color contrast, writing alt text for graphics, reviewing tag structures in documents, setting reading order for screen readers, accessible PDFs, etc.)
  • Support the LXD team by preparing guiding resources or documents related to accessibility tasks

Develop knowledge of XR use in immersive online education

  • Develop familiarity with WCAG 2.1 guidelines and how to apply them in XR environments
  • Learn how to use 360 media and software to create immersive learning environments and become a knowledgeable resource for the LXD team
  • Build 360 immersive learning environments from faculty-created scripts and perform quality assurance checks to ensure consistency

Hours, Work Location, & Wage

We understand that you’re a student with other commitments. This position can be flexible for the right candidate. 

  • 10-15 hours per week (flexible to your availability, but once decided, the number of hours will remain consistent)
  • In-person position at CAI’s Hatcher Graduate Library location
  • Undergraduate $17/hr, Graduate $20/hr, PhD/JD $23/hr


  • Start: September 2022 (flexible)
  • End: April 2023 (flexible with the possibility to extend into the summer semester) 
  • Deadline for applications: Ongoing (candidate will start in Fall 2022 semester)

We’d love to talk to you! If you are interested, please contact Pam Saca (pmsarz@umich.edu) with a cover letter and resume, and any other materials you would like us to consider in order to understand your interest in learning experience design, accessibility, and/or XR technology.

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