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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£34,804.00 - £40,322.00 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

Job Summary

At Robert Gordon University we have a reputation for excellence in education, research and professional consultancy.

Within the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences we deliver outstanding learning opportunities in a number of professional body accredited degrees including Biomedical Sciences, Forensics and Analytical Sciences, Food Nutrition and Human Health and Pharmacy.

We are fully committed to enhancing our reputation as a provider of high quality, interactive, online learning opportunities.  As an Online Learning Developer, you will play a key part in enacting this commitment – working alongside academic colleagues to implement institutional standards and advancing the quality and distinctiveness of the School’s course portfolio.

You will play a key part in supporting the rapid development of the School’s portfolio of online programmes. You will support both academic and support staff in the production and delivery of high quality learning materials across a variety of platforms which advance the School’s reputation for quality in learning and teaching.

With a degree in a relevant subject area, you will possess significant knowledge of instructional design techniques and experience of applying these to design and develop effective, engaging online course content and assessments.

You will have experience in instructional design, creating interactive online materials. You will be experienced in providing first line technical support together with specialist knowledge of E-learning, audio/video editing, and advanced knowledge of MS Office and HTML. Experience in IT support for research and/or commercialisation activities would be desirable.

We are in the business of changing lives, developing students into highly employable graduates. This is your opportunity to be part of that amazing journey and join our 1500 colleagues who already enjoy the vibrant community.

For an informal conversation please contact Dr Stuart Cruickshank ( on 01224 262535 or Prof. Don Cairns ( on 01224 262501.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit:

Although this is a full time appointment applications would be considered for a part-time/job share appointment.


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School

RESONSIBLE FOR: No Supervisory responsibilities

PURPOSE OF POST:  Support the development and maintenance of E-learning in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. Support both academic and administrative staff in the production and delivery of learning across virtual environments and demonstrate a pro-active approach to implementing new software and hardware, as necessary, to fulfil project needs across the school.


• Carry out designated instruction through a variety of tutorials, workshops and virtual platforms.

• Provide expert support with technology enhanced learning to both staff and students.

• Lead the development, preparation and assessment of e-learning materials (including online assessments).

• Develop and maintain expertise in the field of technology enhanced learning.

• Contribute to subject, course and module development from a technology enhancement perspective.

• Contribute to curriculum development and the introduction of new teaching and learning methods related to technology enhanced learning.

• Participate in marketing and School events.

• Maintain good working relationships with other schools and departments, in particular ITS and DELTA, to support the development of technology enhanced learning across the university.

• Evaluate approaches, taking account of student and staff feedback • Actively participate in staff development activities.

• Establish and maintain relevant industry links, as necessary, in order to fulfil the duties of the role.


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First Degree in Computing or related subject area

Knowledge and skills

Knowledge of audio/video editing including the use of Adobe Creative Suite for Videos/Voice overs, animations and diagramming.

Ability to work within teams across the School and the wider University.

Ability to prioritise workload.

Ability to perform calmly under pressurised situations.

Using software design and learning new skills to meet project requirements.


Experience of supporting learning and assessment design for either wholly online or blended learning delivery.

Experience of developing content within a Virtual Learning Environment and of using industry standard rapid content authoring tools.

First line technical support for staff/students for a virtual learning environment.

Experience of visual design.

Experience in the formation of user guidance and training materials, both ad-hoc and as project documentation.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Honours degree in Computing or related subject area and a teaching qualification/Experience


Experience of organising and delivering staff development and training programmes in IT.

Experience in Web design (HTML5, CSS3, JQuery).

Experience in maintaining and upgrading legacy software installations and applications, working with cross-disciplinary technical teams.

Experience with programming languages such as C# and WPF, Javascript and/or Python.

Experience using 3D CAD software such as AutoCAD, Blender, Trimble Sketchup.


Person Specification

Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Initiative and Problem Solving - Experience of resolving new problems where there is a mass of information or diverse, partial and conflicting data with a range of potential suitable options

Behaviour 3: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 4: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

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