We seek an enthusiastic and collaborative educational professional who is knowledgeable and passionate about new approaches to teaching and learning online. You will be steeped in pedagogic theory and want to apply this to inform the development of a range of courses across our partnership. You will support and collaborate with a diverse range of universities and other organisations.
You are a creative thinker and a tinkerer, and you love explaining complex concepts. You take personal satisfaction in seeing people with diverse knowledge and backgrounds easily understand and work with your ideas. We’re looking for a self-starter who is flexible and committed to working to deadlines and priorities defined by colleagues, clients, academic faculty and project stakeholders.
To help people find this advert, we're calling you a Learning Designer; you might call yourself something different at the moment (Instructional Designer, Learning Technologist or Academic Developer, perhaps). But if you think you can help, we want to hear from you.
This role is based at FutureLearn in our London Office. You will join a fast-paced environment and will need the ability to embrace change, pitch to clients, collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and be happy to assist other areas of the business as required. You will also occasionally work remotely with clients at other locations and collaborate with others online.
The Learning Designer brings their expertise in pedagogy, instructional design and educational technology to help FutureLearn partners and clients deliver high-quality online courses that are innovative, inspiring and enjoyable. They will be central in the design and production of engaging learning experiences and will support subject matter experts across all stages of course development.
- Provides pedagogic advice, guidance, encouragement and support regarding the design and production of online course content and learning activities.
- Takes ownership of learning design approaches and platform developments aligned to the pedagogy of FutureLearn.
- Designs, tests and evaluates courses that are interactive, engaging and provide a compelling learner experience.
- Runs and facilitates learning design workshops for academic staff, content development teams, external clients and other stakeholders.
- Produces multimedia content for online courses from a range of existing material including migration and revision of courseware from other platforms.
- Collaborates closely with educators and other subject matter experts to design course-level activities that play to the strengths of FutureLearn’s social learning platform.
- Works closely with the Content, Client Services and Studio teams at FutureLearn to ensure courses are designed according to an agreed specification and quality.
- Leads workshops, either face-to-face – in the UK and abroad – or remotely with current and prospective partners and clients.
- Actively keeps abreast of developments and research across FutureLearn, the online learning landscape and educational technology. Shares insight with colleagues and stakeholders.
- Offers professional development opportunities and guidance to colleagues and stakeholders in the discipline of instructional design for online learning.
- Preferably educated to postgraduate level, or substantial professional experience in educational technology or related field.
- At least three years experience working on a major educational technology project, preferably in the higher education sector.
- Demonstrable experience in designing online learning experiences and producing rich interactive educational content.
- Passionate and interested in the world of online learning / MOOCs and the challenges of both learning at scale and small groups.
- Deep knowledge of the theories and practices of pedagogy and technology enhanced learning.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (one-to-one, group situations, presentations) internal and with clients.
- Skilled at articulating and explaining complex pedagogic ideas to people with varying knowledge and experience.
- Ability to write high-quality documentation and reports.
- Ability to summarise and synthesise research findings, and make recommendations as to how FutureLearn might apply them.
- Ability to work independently and in small cross-functional task-oriented teams to tight deadlines with a high standard of output.
- Experience of working collaboratively with digital product teams preferred, ideally in a consumer facing environment.
- Self-starter who is flexible and committed to working to priorities defined by the line manager.
- Competitive Salary
- 28 days holiday (plus 8 days public holiday)
- Buy & sell up to 5 days holiday
- Charity day (volunteer for a charity of your choice)
- Cycle to work scheme
- Flexible working environment/hours
- Pension (4% employer / employee contribution)
- Great coffee, teas & fruit and daily breakfast
We value diversity at FutureLearn, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, neurodiversity, marital or disability status.