Head of Online Learning Development

Durham University

Head of On-line Studying Improvement (
Job Quantity:
Durham Centre for Tutorial Improvement
Grade 9:  £ 57,696 – £64,914 every year / every year (Professional Rata)
Open-Ended/Everlasting  Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 09-Oct-2023, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Relevant. 

Closing Date: ninth October

Interview Date: twenty fourth October

The College

At Durham College we’re happy with our individuals.  A globally excellent centre of instructional excellence, a collegiate neighborhood of extraordinary individuals, a novel and historic setting – Durham is a college like no different. We imagine that inspiring our individuals to do excellent issues at Durham permits Durham individuals to do excellent issues professionally and personally.  Throughout the College we’ve got an enormous number of roles and profession alternatives, which collectively make us a big and profitable neighborhood, which is a key hub of exercise inside our area and nationally.  We might be thrilled when you would think about becoming a member of our thriving College. Additional details about the College will be discovered right here


The Position and Division

The Position  

The Durham Centre for Tutorial Improvement at Durham College seeks to nominate a gifted practitioner within the design, growth and supply of totally on-line programmes to the function of Head of On-line Studying Improvement.This submit presents an thrilling alternative to make a major contribution to the event and supply of on-line programmes at Durham College, whereas permitting you unrivalled alternatives to embed your profession in an thrilling and progressive establishment.   

We welcome functions from these with a background in negotiating with On-line Programme Administration (OPM) suppliers and growing on-line programmes by way of working in partnership with OPMs, school {and professional} providers departments. 


Key obligations: 

  • Negotiating to construct capability for the creation of on-line programmes by way of relationships with third events equivalent to On-line Programme Administration firms. 

  • Main the event and supply of totally on-line accredited programmes and CPD throughout the establishment, offering strategic steerage to tutorial departments on design, creation, and supply. 

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues in DCAD, Scholar Registry, Computing and Data Companies, together with different related stakeholder departments throughout the establishment to embed technical and pedagogic methods for the creation and supply of on-line programmes. 

  • Developing on-line curricula and demonstrating sustained excellence in innovation in instructional apply, to boost the standard of the academic surroundings within the Division and wider College in help of continuous emphasis on worldwide excellence.  

  • Present management (e.g. main groups and dealing teams), throughout the Division and the broader College, managing individuals and initiatives to advertise excellence in instructional impression within the realm of on-line programmes; 

  • Keep an energetic membership and engagement/management with knowledgeable physique or community (e.g. ALT, HEA or discipline-specific our bodies); 

  • Present coaching, mentoring and schooling to colleagues throughout the Division and College. 

  • Perform such different duties as specified by the DCAD Director. 


Additional details about the function and the obligations is on the backside of this job description.

The Division 

The Durham Centre for Tutorial Improvement (DCAD) at Durham College performs a pivotal function in advancing scholar success, digital instructing and studying, and tutorial skilled growth. The Centre presents providers together with tutorial coaching programmes, help for digital schooling, instructing enhancement workshops, and academic analysis alternatives. Via fostering a tradition of innovation and excellence in pedagogy, DCAD actively assists each tutorial workers and college students in attaining their instructional targets 

The three core areas of DCAD’s work are mirrored in our construction: 

  • Improvement of Tutorial Excellence in instructing and analysis abilities for all workers and PGR college students engaged in instructing, studying, or analysis actions. Enhancing pedagogic approaches, innovating in digital schooling, creating strong help for management in instructing and analysis, and supporting efficient curriculum reform all through the college. The function relies on this core space.  

  • Enhancing Student Success by way of our student-facing work, supporting all college students within the college to develop their tutorial abilities, providing each accredited programmes and a set of coaching and help alternatives. We’ve got a specific concentrate on non-traditional college students all through the college, offering experience in supporting worldwide college students, mature college students, and college students from a variety of backgrounds and talents.  

  • Instructional Innovation by way of our analysis and growth work on pedagogic and digital innovation throughout the Training Laboratory. This gives an area wherein workers and college students can discover the potentials of new applied sciences and pedagogies for studying, the place we will develop a hub of scholarship in instructing and studying to create a strong evidence-base for instructional excellence and promote wonderful instructing and studying innovation apply and scholarship all through Durham College, nationally, and internationally.  

For extra data, please go to our division pages at www.dur.ac.uk/dcad  

Working at Durham 

A aggressive wage is just one a part of the numerous implausible advantages you’ll obtain when you be part of the College: additionally, you will obtain entry to the next implausible advantages: 

•    30 Days annual go away per yr along with 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per yr – a complete of 42 days per yr.  
•    The College closes between Christmas and New 12 months 
•    We provide a beneficiant pension scheme, as a brand new member of workers you’ll be robotically enrolled into this College Superannuation Scheme (USS).
•    Regardless of the way you journey to work, we’ve got you lined.  We’ve got ample parking throughout campus, a cycle to work scheme which lets you purchase a motorcycle and low cost with native bus and practice firms.
•    There’s a real dedication to growing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There’s a complete vary of growth programs, apprenticeships and entry to {qualifications} and routes to develop your profession within the College.  All workers have devoted annual time to focus on their private growth alternatives. 
•    Numerous help for well being and wellbeing together with discounted membership for our state-of-the-art sport and gymnasium amenities and entry to a 24-7 Worker Help Programme.
•    On web site nursery is on the market and entry to vacation camps for kids aged 5-16 all year long.
•    Household pleasant insurance policies, together with maternity and adoption go away, that are among the many most beneficiant within the increased schooling sector (and sure above and past many employers).
•    The chance to participate in workers volunteering actions to make a distinction in the local people
•    Reductions can be found by way of our advantages portal together with; cash off at supermarkets, excessive road retailers, IT merchandise equivalent to Apple, the cinema and days out at varied sights. 
•    A wage sacrifice scheme can be accessible that can assist you make the most of tax financial savings on advantages. 
•    If you’re transferring to Durham, we may help with elimination prices and we’ve got a devoted staff who may help you with the practicalities equivalent to home searching and colleges.  For those who want a visa, we cowl most visa prices and supply an curiosity free mortgage scheme to pay for dependant visas.


Durham College is dedicated to equality, variety and inclusion

Our collective intention is to create an open and inclusive surroundings the place everybody can attain their full potential and we imagine our workers ought to mirror the range of the worldwide neighborhood wherein we work.  As a College equality, variety, and inclusion (EDI) are a key a part of the College’s Technique and a central a part of every little thing we do.  We additionally stay by our values and our Employees Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work in the direction of offering an surroundings the place our workers and college students can research, work and stay in a neighborhood which is supportive and inclusive. It’s necessary to us that each one of our colleagues are aligned to each our values and dedication to EDI.

We welcome and encourage functions from members of teams who’re under-represented in our work power together with individuals with disabilities, ladies and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If in case you have taken day trip of your profession, and you are feeling it related, tell us about it in your utility.  If you’re a candidate with a incapacity, we’re dedicated to making sure honest remedy all through the recruitment course of. We are going to make changes to help the interview course of wherever it’s cheap to take action and, the place profitable, cheap changes shall be made to help individuals inside their function.

What you could display if you apply/Particular person Specification  
While you apply it will be significant that you simply tell us what abilities/expertise you’ve gotten from an identical function and/or what abilities/expertise you’ve gotten which might make you proper for this function.  Additional details about the function and obligations is on the finish of this job description.  The place a standards has an asterisk* subsequent to it, it could be given further weighting when your utility is taken into account.    
Your utility ought to cowl the next standards:

Important Standards

1.    Educated to diploma stage (or equal expertise).
2.    Robust interpersonal abilities together with motivational, negotiating, influencing and networking. Proof of working nationally and internationally when working with each inside stakeholders in each skilled providers and tutorial departments and when working with exterior stakeholders in OPM firms. 
3.    Expertise of offering specialist recommendation and steerage to a variety of consumers and colleagues, together with extra senior colleagues within the space of On-line Studying Improvement.
4.    Expertise of collaborating in inside or exterior networks to share and focus on good apply, develop sturdy and productive working relationships and positively affect the College’s fame within the space of On-line Studying.
5.    Expertise of implementing insurance policies and procedures and supporting service enhancements within the space of On-line Studying. 

6.    Wonderful spoken and written communication abilities together with the flexibility to develop efficient working relationships, each internally and externally
7.    Wonderful digital competence with expertise in utilizing core digital instruments together with web, e mail, digital communication instruments, Microsoft 365 functions, digital reserving system, challenge planning, monetary methods, recruitment instruments, auditing instruments, eLearning authoring instruments particularly in the design and growth of on-line diploma programmes.   
8.    Dedicated to persevering with skilled growth to keep up skilled recognition in digital schooling. 

9.   Expertise of serious contribution to the creation of nationally wonderful inclusive studying environments and instructing programmes that allow college students to realize their potential. 
10.    In depth information and expertise of guaranteeing compliance with regulatory and organisational coverage and pointers.
11.    Means to contribute to planning at operational and strategic ranges.
12.    Means to resolve issues and resolve on and plan acceptable options.

Fascinating Standards

1. Experience of researching the event of on-line programmes and curricula, sharing and disseminating and utilizing analysis to tell apply. 

2. Energetic engagement in Persevering with Skilled Improvement, together with (as acceptable) gaining and sustaining certification of related Skilled Our bodies (e.g. ALT, Advance HE and many others) 

Learn how to apply
To progress to the evaluation stage, candidates should proof every of the important standards required for the function within the particular person specification above. It will likely be on the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether or not they may even think about any fascinating standards, however we’d urge candidates to supply proof for all standards.  Please don’t overlook to test if there may be any weighted standards (see above).

Whereas some standards shall be thought of on the shortlisting stage, different standards could also be thought of later within the evaluation course of, equivalent to questions at interview.   
Submitting your utility 

We desire to obtain functions on-line.   We are going to replace you about your utility at varied factors all through the choice course of, by way of automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please test your spam/junk folder periodically to be sure to haven’t missed any of our updates.
What you could submit   

•    A CV: and   
•    A supporting assertion which outlines the way you meet the entire standards throughout the Particular person Specification.    
•    Present a portfolio of case research to display how you meet the important standards with explicit reference to your expertise growing On-line Programmes.

Contact particulars   
For a chat concerning the function or any additional data please contact DCAD Director, Professor Sam Nolan ([email protected]).

Typical Position Necessities

Service Supply/Improvement
•    Present a dedication to equality, variety and inclusion and the College’s values.
•   Use your management and administration experience to implement any vital modifications within the optimum means, in collaboration with different senior managers and specialists.
•    Lead on the event of recent areas of labor or actions [such as cross institutional online learning programmes]  together with scoping, planning and implementing any modifications to realize the outcomes anticipated by senior colleagues.
•    Search for modern methods to repeatedly enhance the providers offered to your stakeholders.
•    Develop and implement new or improved insurance policies, processes and requirements.
•    Use your skilled information and expertise as an On-line Studying Specialist to [resolve problems, shape processes and activities, develop systems] and to supply subject material experience and recommendation
•    Help high quality and regulatory audits to make sure that system and processes are working in an optimum and compliant means.
•    Meet the skilled growth wants of your stakeholders by guaranteeing {that a} programme of coaching and studying actions are deigned and delivered by DCAD on On-line Studying.
•    Present specialist perception that permits knowledge pushed selections to be made about On-line Studying at Durham.

Planning and Organisation
•    Use your experience to assist develop strategic plans and enterprise plans that cowl a variety of operational actions.
•    Outline what must be achieved in order that different colleagues can scope, plan and implement giant scale/College huge initiatives equivalent to the event of recent On-line Studying programmes 
•    Guarantee your providers are performing on the optimum stage by setting clear requirements and introducing measurable efficiency indicators.
•    Use your management experience to assist challenge groups perceive what must be achieved, resolve any issues which might be encountered and maintain implementation plans on observe. 
•    Allocate and monitor designated budgets, expenditure and sources.

Management and Group Improvement
•    Set operational and strategic targets and use your management and administration abilities, to develop the individuals in your staff(s) and guarantee excessive requirements of efficiency.
•    Assist form the abilities and experience wanted to ship knowledgeable service by recruiting, inducting and coaching staff members and structuring your staff(s) in means that may greatest meet operational and strategic priorities.
•    Be certain that your staff can ship the required providers by delegating obligations to acceptable staff members and contemplating succession plans.
•    Perform common efficiency evaluations with colleagues to supply suggestions on targets and determine any growth wants.
•    Deal with most HR points and help the welfare and wellbeing of your staff, taking recommendation on extra advanced points to specialist providers or senior managers.

•    Lead inside and exterior conferences and committees to affect College coverage, requirements and governance.
•    Construct and lead an influential community of inside and exterior contacts to extend your information and abilities, swap data with friends and use that data to enhance and develop On-line Studying at Durham.
•    Establish alternatives to construct relationships with exterior organisations to help the supply of strategic stage targets.
•    Analysis new approaches being taken by inside and exterior stakeholders equivalent to different HEI suppliers and OPMs so to take these insights into consideration when growing On-line Studying at Durham.
•    Discover choices to advertise and improve engagement in [events and activities] being delivered by DCAD.
•    Design and ship a programme {of professional} growth actions to your stakeholders to help their growth and knowledge wants.

•    Another cheap duties.

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