Learning Designer

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Reference: 11115-04/15/2020

What We’re Looking For:

Learning Designers are responsible for the curriculum design of online short courses as well as creating, collating, and revising course material in collaboration with faculty, subject matter experts and internal stakeholders, ensuring course design and course materials align with sound pedagogy and learning design principles. The number one responsibility of the Learning Designer is execution of course development and evaluations, with direction from the Lead Learning Designer, measured against internal project plans and individual quality metrics.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Work with Lead Learning Designers to design the curriculum for online courses, including formulating learning outcomes and recommending appropriate mediums for content delivery and assessment.
  • Conceptualise, research and create course content and activities that align with 2U’s learning design methodology and quality standards, and faculty’s direction, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Evaluate and revise the content and design of existing courses to ensure that they remain up to date and aligned with pedagogical good practice and 2U and the university’s quality standards, to improve customer and teaching team experience as well as alignment between the marketing and delivery of courses.
  • Assist in addressing design and content-related queries that arise during the marketing and presentation of courses.
  • Collaborate with team members to refine processes and contribute to team and individual development, support the research and testing of new approaches to content development, and contribute to general innovation within the department.

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

  • Minimum 1 years’ work experience.
  • University degree in Education, English, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Law, Media Studies or similar. Masters degree is preferred, or a minimum of two years’ relevant working experience in addition to a University degree.
  • Exposure to or a demonstrated interest in education. Teaching experience, curriculum design or content development experience preferred.
  • Experience in copywriting and proofreading.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A high level of confidence and professionalism and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good work ethic and time management skills.
  • Competency in information retrieval, analysis and collation (essential research skills) as well as a high level of digital literacy.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Good lateral thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle ambiguity.

Other Attributes That Will Help You In This Role:

  • International travel may be required.
  • 2U is a fast-paced, high-pressured environment and you will be expected to keep up (while getting the necessary level of support). You are expected to be proactive, self directing and to speak up when you need additional support.
  • Teamwork is critical to achieving success in this role. You will need to establish strong relationships with peers and leaders in production teams.
  • We don’t micromanage. So, you have to diagnose problems and brainstorm solutions without any prompts and manage up appropriately.
  • Things change all the time. 2U is a very dynamic environment which means that you will need the ability to adapt to change quickly.
  • Feedback forms part of the daily rhythms in Learning Design and you will need to be receptive to providing and receiving continuous feedback.

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

At 2U, we power world-class online education and in-person boot camps. Going beyond traditional learning management systems, we use tech, people, and data to help top universities transform in the digital era—and eliminate the back row in higher ed. We support lifelong learning which means thinking beyond a single degree. It means finding ways for students to gain the skills they need to change careers, evolve their expertise, and meet the challenges of the changing world head-on. We help universities fill those needs—developing new digital education technologies and offerings capable of supporting students at different points in their lives. Whether they need a simple refresher, to learn something new, or to change their career trajectories completely, our university partners are there to help them succeed.Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 150,000 students and lifelong learners. 2U, Inc. has acquired and integrated two companies broadening our portfolio of education offerings into short courses with GetSmarter and boot camps with Trilogy. This role supports our GetSmarter line of business.

About GetSmarter

GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., partners with the world's leading universities to select, design and deliver premium online short courses which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions.

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same. 

Benefits & Culture

Working at 2U means working with individuals that are passionate and mission driven. We collaborate on tough problems to deliver the best outcomes for our partners, students, and each other. You will find team members working together in our open office spaces, gathered in the kitchen grabbing a snack, or taking a break in our game rooms.

2U Cape Town offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 2 complimentary Getsmarter short courses per year 
  • Subsidised medical aid with Discovery
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous leave policy including time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations

To learn more, visit 2U.com. #NoBackRow 

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay and dismissal.