Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
About Arden University
At Arden University our vision is to make education more accessible, engaging and beneficial to people everywhere. Arden has ambitions to disrupt the traditional concept of how people access Higher Education, in line with Government policy. 2018 is therefore an exciting year for the University as we continue with our transformation and development programme, driving an industry-leading learner experience and further developing our innovative ‘compressed-blended’ full time degrees across 6 UK and international campus locations.
We are a values-driven organisation, and in line with our values of supportiveness, integrity, innovation and ownership, we want to make sure that each of our study centres is delivering an outstanding student experience that is completely aligned to our brand promise, whilst providing a tailored and personalised experience reflective of the local needs and culture of the student and staff profile. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our students and the importance our staff across the organisation place on supporting students to realise their potential. We recognise that the pressures of people’s hectic, modern lives often mean our students are constrained - by location, cost, family/caring commitments or simply time. By making our degrees, masters and MBA programmes available through both online distance learning and flexible on-campus ‘blended’ study, we have been able to support students ranging from 18 to 80 years old to achieve their ambitions and benefit from Higher Education.
Vacancy: Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Arden’s rapid growth has created an opportunity to restructure our academic team, leading to the creation of three new Schools and several new senior academic posts. The Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment reports to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and is a member of the senior academic team, with overall responsibility for the Arden teaching and learning model, and for delivering our assessment strategy across both our distance and blending learning provision.
Based in Coventry, the Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment will work with Heads of School to further develop our teaching, learning and assessment strategy and to ensure that this is consistently applied. You will work with colleagues across three Schools in the development of new initiatives, innovation in assessment and the appropriate exploitation of new technologies.
The Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment will chair the Learning and Teaching Committee, and may be called on to chair other relevant Boards and Committees as required.
A strong academic with demonstrable evidence of achieving excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, you will be an ambitious and highly resilient individual with a passion for driving forward innovation in a way that challenges traditional higher education by providing students with more choice, flexible study opportunities and better access.
You will be an effective academic leader with good awareness of current HE policy and market trends, qualified to doctoral level (or nearing completion) and preferably with a postgraduate qualification in teaching and learning.
Experienced in the leadership and management of innovative curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment within established UK university settings, you will adopt a student-centred, collaborative approach. A good understanding of technology enhanced learning is essential. You should have an advanced understanding of quality assurance and continuous improvement within the QAA framework. Experience of delivering education in an international context would be beneficial to this role.
You will have a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities across the higher education landscape and you will be experienced in developing strategy and policy. You should have experience of delivering online and blended learning in higher education, and ideally will have researched and published in these areas. Your leadership experience has given you an exceptional skill in managing change in a fast-paced environment focussed on delivering an excellent student experience, and class-leading student progression and completion rates. Crucially, you understand the central nature of people in successful change management by demonstrating a collaborative, inclusive communicative style within an organisation with no ivory towers.
This is an exciting time to join a University that represents the future of Higher Education – please get in touch to via firstname.lastname@example.org receive a fuller job specification. For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Dr Alison Green, PVC Academic at Arden University via email at email@example.com.
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