Job details


Digital Solutions and Services

Responsible to

Head of Digital Learning


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£37,815 to £40,611 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 5 June 2022

Contract type


Post type




About the role

As the Senior Learning Designer, you will lead on maintaining exemplary learning design practice and be an advocate for fully online, interactive learning experiences. With line management responsibilities for the learning design development process, you will work collaboratively with the academic teams and the operations teams.

You will develop procedures and processes to support the online learning and teaching needs across the institution including the credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing portfolio. You will also lead on developing and identifying good practice in relation to learning design and ensuring this is employed across our online learning provision to deliver sector leading practice.

As Senior Learning Designer you will have creative flare and a passion for devising online solutions which excite and engage learners. You will be a key contributor in the design of our approach to online learning.

Our Senior Learning Designer is a hybrid working role, should you wish to discuss the flexibility or on-site requirements before interview, please contact John Hill, Head of Digital Learning:

Interview date: Monday 20 June

Principal accountabilities

  1. To lead on developing and identifying good practice in relation to learning design and ensuring this is employed across our online learning provision to deliver sector leading practice including managing learning design resource.
  2. To lead on the coaching approach with academic colleagues across the University, developing relationships with key personnel, to contribute to the development of sector leading, quality online learning content.
  3. To motivate and lead the Learning Design team to propose, formulate or investigate innovative solutions for the needs of academic colleagues based on knowledge and experience of technology enhanced pedagogies and the future direction of the University.
  4. Share pedagogic models and practice to support academic colleagues in their development of innovative learning designs by running training sessions and creating documentation that supports the development of effective online learning.
  5. Provide strong leadership of the way in which Digital Solutions and Services develops and publishes content, significantly influencing academic authors.
  6. Creation of applicable learning design models making best use of the tools and resources available to create relevant learning design and delivery models.
  7. To work with Content Team colleagues to translate the agreed requirements of academics and other colleagues into technical requirements that lead to the development of new methods, products or tools which meet the needs of online students.
  8. Apply design principles and best practice in the production and development of scripts and storyboards for interactions, animations, and other types of rich multimedia assets.
  9. Within the context of the work of the department and team, to liaise with subject experts in relation to the development of content, products, or technologies to ensure they reflect industry requirements as well as academic/student needs.
  10. To liaise closely with academic colleagues who have an innovative project development requirement in order that their needs can be fully understood, documented, and agreed.
  11. To review, in collaboration with academic teams, existing learning content products to understand new / innovative approaches.
  12. To have current knowledge of virtual learning environments and learning management systems to provide advice on key features.
  13. To maintain a working knowledge of usability and accessibility within learning content and other areas.
  14. To manage development activities in accordance with identified parameters (timescales, costs, quality tolerance, etc).
  15. To implement industry wide regulations and standards in relation to developments.
  16. To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably requested by line management to forward the strategy of the University.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities

Desirable Criteria




As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

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