Online Learning Materials Developer

South Africa
May 11, 2018
May 25, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Unit for Language Development

Online Learning Materials Developer (post level 9)

Job ID: 2352


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and develop online/blended language-related teaching and learning design activities for the writing centre within the Unit for Language Development in the Centre for Teaching and Learning using multiple e-learning platforms and multimedia applications; namely Blackboard, Turn-it-In, Articulate, PowerPoint, Camtasia, Audio and video-editing software, and mobile  applications.
  • Proactively support UFS academic staff to pursue continuous curriculum and programme innovation, including alternative forms of delivery and blended online learning approaches.
  • Coordinate the quality assurance of online/blended learning design.
  • Submit reports on online/blended language-related teaching and learning design initiatives.
  • Develop workshop material related to the integration of technology into teaching and learning including, but not limited to,  the use of Learning Management Systems and Mobile Learning.
  • Implement innovative solutions to technological issues that arise in the writing centre, and the broader Unit for Language Development.
  • Build and maintain online databases.
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of the writing centre's online booking system, as well as other online systems an initiatives.
  • Manage a variety of administrative tasks, such as correspondence and troubleshooting.
  • Coordinate the provision of stationary and equipment orders for the Unit for Language Development.
  • Perform a variety of general administration tasks using PeopleSoft.
  • Develop and maintain connections with other Higher Education institutions and participate in communities of practice relevant to teaching and learning design.
  • Coordinate the analysis and interpretation of international and national best practices in online/blended language-related teaching and learning.
  • Research the use of emerging and innovative technology in online/blended language-related teaching and learning practices.
  • Play an active role in self-development and take part in relevant self-development opportunities.

    Inherent requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (ICT/Education/ Higher Education/Applied Linguistics/TESOL or equivalent)
    • Two (2) to three (3) years' experience in computer-integrated teaching and learning and/or instructional design.
    • Two (2) to three (3) years' experience in the use of educational technology, including, but not limited to, the use of a Learning Management system.


    Required competencies:

    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University's richly diverse working environment.
    • Advanced computer skills in, but not limited to, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, computer programming, and database management.
    • Knowledge of the use of educational technology.
    • Knowledge of the use of a Learning Management system.
    • Ability to work accurately.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Good administrative and organisational skills.
    • Ability to function under pressure.



    • A post-graduate qualification in a relevant field (ICT/Education/ Higher Education/Applied Linguistics/TESOL or equivalent).
    • One (1) to two (2) years' experience in language-related teaching and learning.
    • One (1) to two (2) years' experience in language/educational technology research.
    • One (1) to two (2) years' experience in a Higher Education environment.
    • Experience in web development.
    • Experience in developing and maintaining databases.


    Assumption of duties: 

    As soon as possible.


    Closing date:  

    25 May 2018



    The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 3687/9161/9339.


    Fringe benefits:

    (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.



    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.


    Applications may only be submitted online. All applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A copy of your identity document (ID).

    The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position.  Applications that are incomplete, or sent by fax or e-mail, will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

    Apply online.

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