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Overview

  • Posted on: 26th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £38,826-£45,629 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 037589
  • Closes: 12th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

About King’s Online

King’s Online was formed in 2015 and develops a range of fully online courses and programmes. Following the appointment of a new Director, the team is embarking on an ambitious growth strategy and you’ll be joining us at an exciting time as we seek to redefine online education and realise King’s strategic ambition of being the leading provider of online and blended learning by 2029. The role is primarily based at King’s Strand Campus though you may be required to travel to other campuses on occasion. As part of King’s trial of hybrid working, all team members can work remotely for part of the week if they wish.

About the role

Learning Designers in King’s Online work collaboratively with both academics and creative designers to create effective and engaging online courses. They play a crucial role in shaping the learning experience of our online students: ensuring that the content is presented in a clear and memorable way, with meaningful interaction to prepare students for success on their course and in their careers.

We are looking for someone with a sound understanding of pedagogical theory and evidence, who is keen to apply their experience creating e-learning to substantial postgraduate programmes and innovative short courses for professionals. The role will involve improving existing modules and creating new ones. The ideal candidate would be naturally curious and keen to apply their analytical and creative skills to varied subjects, including law, finance, cybersecurity, public health and marketing.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post.

Key responsibilities

Working in collaboration with faculty and the King’s Online project teams, the Learning Designer designs online or blended courses that are engaging and pedagogically effective. It is the Learning Designer’s responsibility to ensure the content and activities reflect the academics’ educational aims and maximise student engagement and learning to support the development of students’ academic and professional abilities.

The role holder will be expected to:

  • Apply learning design principles, adult learning theory and learning sciences evidence to ensure the high pedagogical quality of King’s Online programmes, modules and short courses.
  • Design a ‘learning pathway’ or sequence of content and activities that will help the students achieve the learning outcomes set by or agreed with the academic lead.
  • Make design choices resulting in resources and activities that are:
  • Effective – so that content is clear and as easy to understand and remember as possible without compromising on academic rigour
  • Engaging – so that students are motivated to complete courses effectively with high satisfaction
  • Efficient – so that students’, faculty members’ and designers’ time during course development and delivery is taken into account
  • Work with academic leads, course facilitators and other subject matter experts in a collaborative, consultative fashion, supporting them to develop effective learning outcomes, and helping them adapt or create content, activities and assessment that is suitable for online learning.
  • Establish rapport and communicate respectfully and productively with academics and project team members both in person and online, including written communication, voice calls, meetings and workshops.
  • Identify material and learning outcomes that may be suitable for varied educational formats, including interactive lessons, asynchronous discussion forums, live webinars, individual or collaborative student activities, audio, video, animation or educational games.
  • Take into account the features and constraints of the King’s Online digital learning platform, preferred software and accessibility requirements when designing lessons and activities (currently Moodle and Teams, but previous experience with specific software is not essential)
  • Provide consultative advice to faculty on designing and facilitating online courses.
  • Manage own workload in the context of project plan timeframes and deadlines, maintain accurate project progress documentation and keep project managers abreast of key decisions, milestones and problems
  • Advise and assist with the introduction of new learning design initiatives, through attending or facilitating workshops, reading relevant literature, and collaborative project work with the team.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Undergraduate degree in any subject (minimum 2:2 and ideally 2:1 or above or international equivalent)
  • Significant experience designing and/or developing e-learning content and activities
  • Good understanding of the instructional design role and able to demonstrate how own experience is relevant to the role
  • Substantial understanding and application of e-learning and distance learning pedagogy and principles, and/or pedagogical or adult learning theory and evidence
  • Substantial understanding of both students and academics in Higher Education.
  • Excellent ability to create storyboards or similar visual planning tools
  • High level ability to select relevant information and present complex ideas clearly and creatively in a logical, coherent way.
  • Excellent English language skills: able to express self accurately and effectively in both written and verbal communication
  • Able to work well autonomously and collaborate as part of a dynamic and agile team
  • Demonstrable commitment to creative innovation, constructive reflection and/or continuous improvement
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion

Desirable criteria

  • Postgraduate degree or qualification in a relevant discipline e.g. Education, Instructional Design, with pedagogy and learning technologies as a substantial part; alternatively equivalent level of experience in HE e-Learning field
  • High level ability to negotiate and communicate well with others in a higher education environment
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet challenging deadlines with a problem-solving attitude
  • Attention to detail

Further Information

The selection process will include an assessment and a panel interview.

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