Digital Learning Designer/Senior Digital Learning Designer

Durham, United Kingdom
22 May 2020
End of advertisement period
23 May 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Grade 7/8: - £33,797-£49,553
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 23-May-2020, 6:59:00 AM
Job Family: Technical, Research and Teaching Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.

OUR VALUES: We are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives. 

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family provide creative and analytical input to facilitate the delivery of world-class teaching, learning and research activities.

Overall family purpose

  • Support stakeholders to ensure the delivery of research, teaching and scholarly activities.
  • Align and tailor services to meet strategic and operational research, teaching and learning objectives.
  • Prepare and set-up equipment, apparatus and resources to ensure the successful delivery of scheduled academic activities.
  • Monitor, manage and maintain teaching, learning or research facilities, workshops, laboratories and experimental environments to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Contribute guidance, advice and/or professional expertise to increase intellectual and creative capacity for world-class teaching and research outputs.
  • Actively participate with peers and specialists internally and externally to expand knowledge and practice.
  • Design and construct equipment, environments, tools, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning objectives.
  • Adapt and develop equipment, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning outputs and timescales.
  • Engage and network with internal and external specialists and experts to facilitate knowledge exchange and enhance research, teaching and learning activities.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering technical and experimental support services across the University;
  • Support and facilitate world-leading research across all academic departments;
  • Support and facilitate research that has a positive impact on global, national and regional challenges and which benefits culture, society, health, the economy and the physical environment;
  • Support and facilitate a rewarding research environment and an exceptional research-led learning experience;
  • Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

The Department and Role Purpose

Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)

Inspiring excellence in learning and teaching. Using technology imaginatively and with relevance. Nurturing inclusive learning communities. Inspiring life-long learners. The Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) fosters education by design. DCAD is…

…a resource open to all students

Offering a wide range high quality educational programmes and opportunities to enhance learning, to ensure that all students, no matter what their need, have the opportunity to realise their full potential.

…an educational partner for life

Engaging learners at all points – pre-sessional, undergraduate, postgraduate and throughout their professional development – within a life-long community. Because knowing how to learn, is knowing how to teach. 

…an opportunity to develop pedagogic skills and new practice

Delivering professional development programmes for careers at all stages: from training for teaching practitioners in their early years, to supporting experienced practitioners to hone their craft. Pushing the boundaries of pedagogic practice and building bridges between scholarly research and teaching practice.

…a forum to share best practice

Providing regular scholarship events, conferences and networking opportunities. Designing platforms for educators, both new and experienced, to share and learn from each other.

The Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) seeks to appoint a talented individuals to the role of either Digital Learning Designer or Senior Digital Learning Designer. We welcome applications from those with experience of developing online inclusive content to support student learning.

Our Digital Learning Designers will make a significant contribution to the development of Durham’s Digital Learning Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for partnering with academic staff in the University to consult and offer support and advice on implementing high quality online learning activities to support Durham’s diverse student community both in terms of online and distance learning.

Senior Digital Learning Designers will make a significant contribution to the development of Durham’s Digital Learning Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical and subject expertise to academic staff in the University, being responsible for this activity across various areas. The postholder will consult, support and advise staff on implementing high quality online learning activities to support Durham’s diverse student community both in terms of online and distance learning.

We are therefore seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our team with significant general experience of online learning design and development, training (both 1:2:1 and workshop) and with a specialism in scholarly approaches to online learning development. Creativity, playfulness, and experimentation are core to the DCAD mission and we are seeking individuals who share our passion for innovative and novel approaches to learning enhancement.

We welcome applications from people who wish to be considered for the Digital Learning Designer role, the Senior Digital Learning Designer role or both.

For more information, please visit our Department pages at www.durham.ac.uk/dcad

Recruiting to this post

Please submit a CV and a statement evidencing key criteria only:

For G7:

  • Ability to provide specialist advice and support to academics on the design of engaging and inclusive online learning materials and programmes.
  • Experience of designing and delivering training and development to staff in aspects of digital pedagogy and course design, both face-to-face and online.
  • Strong communication skills with experience of working as part of a team and engaging academic staff at all levels.
  • Deep understanding of the pedagogy of online learning, the process of online course design, and the technical tools required for implementation.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a rapidly changing and uncertain environment, developing new knowledge and skills as required
  • Experience of having designed and created online and digital programmes.

For G8:

  • Engagement in scholarship of teaching and learning through doctoral study or other research, and scholarly publication.
  • Experience of having led projects in the design and development of online and digital programmes.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held w/c 1st June 2020.

Given the current Covid-19 situation, we are open, for our fixed-term roles, to those who cannot relocate to Durham, but who are willing to work at distance and online as an active and key member of the DCAD team

How to apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV; 
  2. Supporting statement showing how each of the criteria for the role is met, depending on whether the applicant is applying for grade 7 or grade 8.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details

For further information please contact Dr Malcolm Murray, Head of Digital Learning malcolm.murray@durham.ac.uk

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.