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​​Senior Learning Designer – International Collaboration​

London (Greater)
£46,934 - £55,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Professional Services
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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Job description

The post of Senior Learning Designer will lead on developing and implementing pedagogical strategies for online programmes and self-paced courses for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the recently formed Aare Afe Babalola Centre for Transnational Education. The Aare Afe Babalola Centre for Transnational Education at King’s College London will deliver a high-quality curriculum through flexible and easy-to-access online resources. It will support young people across the African continent, including those displaced by disaster and conflict.  

You will lead the learning design of our new online courses for this important work, adapting King’s Digital’s active learning approach to reach wider audiences across Africa.  

Reporting to the Director of Production, you will work alongside the Learning Design Manager and Senior Learning Designers for Blended & Executive Education and CPD, as part of a team of 13 learning designers.  You will also work closely with the Associate Director, Academic Affairs to agree working practices for significant projects. 

In a busy and collaborate environment, you will have the vision to help shape a pioneering new portfolio, playing a critical role in expanding the reach of King’s to a diverse, global audience. 

About King’s Digital

King’s Digital was formed in 2015 and develops a range of fully online courses and programmes.  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.  

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract of two years 

This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • To lead the learning design for projects aligned to the Aare Afe Babalola Centre for Transnational Education. 
  • To lead on developing and implementing effective pedagogical strategies for online and blended programmes across Africa. 
  • To lead on the design, adaptation or updating of modules and short courses, including facilitating course planning workshops and designing learning pathways for specific courses or projects. 
  • To support project teams to design, deliver and evaluate effective transnational online programmes. 
  • To apply good practice from projects delivered across Africa to the wider King’s Digital portfolio, to maximise equity and inclusivity of the student experience. 
  • To collaborate with the Associate Director, Academic Affairs to negotiate an agreed approach for programme development and communications between key faculty stakeholders.   
  • To supervise a small team of Learning Designers 
  • To work closely with the Director of Student Support in King’s Digital to ensure the design and development of programmes reflect their likely delivery and ongoing support requirements and vice versa. 
  • To work alongside Senior Learning Designers to develop a process for cataloguing existing lessons and activities so that they can be easily reused or adapted for other projects. 
  • To support the Learning Design Manager to build relationships with module facilitators, ensure strategic and pedagogical synergy, and enhance our collaborative culture. 
  • Play a key leadership role in project and production teams, bringing together resources as appropriate to facilitate the delivery of content and course materials within time, cost and quality parameters.
  • To represent King’s Digital internally and externally, including meetings with faculties, quality assurance colleagues, and cross-college working groups. 

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

1.      First degree in any subject (minimum 2:2 and ideally 2:1 or above or international equivalent) 

2.      Detailed knowledge of principles and research in designing online programmes for developing countries 

3.      Extensive experience designing storyboards or detailed plans for online programmes that are clear for both academics and content developers 

4.      Extensive experience training or supporting academics, course tutors or online teachers 

5.      Experience of educational technology platforms and design tools, including Moodle and FutureLearn 

6.      Experience of training, developing or managing creative professionals 

7.      Ability to recommend improvements to pedagogical design to improve student engagement and address digital discrimination 

8.      Ability to select and present complex ideas clearly and creatively in a logical, coherent way, for a range of audiences 

9.      Excellent communication (written and verbal) and relationship management skills, including negotiation and influencing 

10.    A strong commitment to diversity, inclusivity and accessibility 

Desirable criteria

1.      Attention to detail 

2.      Commitment to active learning and authentic assessment 

3.      Experience of designing transnational online programmes 

4.      Experience of designing programmes for both professional and academic audiences 

Further information 

We have provisionally scheduled interviews to take place the week commencing 11th March 2024


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

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