Learning Designer at edX

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The Learning Designer (LD), reporting to the Senior Director of Academics & Research, is an integral member of the Ed Services Training & Enablement Team, responsible for supporting edX partners and course teams in designing world-class educational experiences for edX’s global learners. The LD works collaboratively within a small, experienced team to design, develop, and deliver the core experiences and resources used by edX course teams to learn how to run great courses with edX.

The LD brings subject matter expertise in educational technology and online teaching and learning practices to bear in order to enable course teams from the world’s top universities and institutions to create outstanding courses. The LD is an expert in edX technologies and best practices, and is able to communicate those best practices to a wide range of partner stakeholders, including leadership, faculty, and experienced instructional technologists; this is a highly visible, client-facing role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Consult with faculty, course teams, and institutional representatives at edX partners on best practices in instructional design in online courses and programs
  • Contribute to design and delivery of our Course Author training program that includes quarterly training events on edX software and course development best practices
  • Contribute to development and execution of specialized training and consultation sessions
  • Contribute to design and iterative development of courses in the edX Course Creator Series, as well as new training materials and resources
  • Work with key stakeholders in Ed Services, Marketing, Engineering and Product Management to proactively develop highly scalable and maintainable curricula for new products and services as they are deployed
  • Collaborate with edX Enablement and Partner Management (PM) teams on needs assessments and scoping for services delivery
  • Opportunity to develop benchmarks and key performance indicators to assess and monitor program effectiveness, and make adjustments to curriculum as necessary

Qualifications & Skills:


  • Minimum 3-5 years in educational consulting, software training, or professional services in higher education or corporations
  • Experience with online training, education, and/or community programs that utilize asynchronous and synchronous delivery mechanisms
  • Experience designing courses in Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Knowledge of instructional design and cutting-edge pedagogical principles for delivery of online and blended learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort in presenting to large diverse audiences including senior leaders at the world’s top educational institutions
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, budget, and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and get work done through others; strong stakeholder management across a range of partners, levels, functions
  • Positive, team player with a roll up your sleeves, service-oriented attitude
  • Travel to partner sites as needed, up to 25% domestic and international
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, organizational learning, or other related field


  • Experience designing courses or consulting instructional teams in building courses in MOOC platforms, in particular Open edX
  • Experience in online course development for higher education or corporations
  • Prior start-up experience
  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field

About edX:

EdX is an MIT & Harvard funded start-up company that offers a highly competitive benefits plan, a pension program, free lunches every day as well as a plethora of other fun perks and meaningful work! Are you ready to be a part of re-inventing education?

Applicants must be able to work out of our Cambridge, MA office. Sorry, Visa sponsorship is not available.

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Technology we use

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edX is right near the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. There are cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, and a T stop nearby!

An Insider's view of edX

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Always fun and collaborative. I've never worked at a place where so many co-workers greeted me by name after just my first day.


Sales Development Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

My work focuses on enabling course teams at partner institutions to create high-quality learning experiences on edX.org. Right now couldn't be a more critical time for this work as we ramp up the amount of Master's degrees we are offering this Fall. I work with faculty, instructional designers, media producers, and project managers.

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Working at edX has given me invaluable experience that has allowed me to explore and develop my career. I’ve been able to take on challenges and learning opportunities that have helped me discover the work I’m most passionate about. In my time at edX I’ve grown into a new role and continue to learn more about my work and myself.

Mary Mooshian

Associate Product Marketing Manager

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

At edX, getting your work done is very important, but the company also understands that your life and well being outside of work is directly correlated to productivity during work hours. This is clearly communicated across all levels and departments. There is also lots of company wide fun activities that help us get to know our coworkers outside.


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What are edX Perks + Benefits

edX Benefits Overview

edX employees are eligible for all MIT benefits. Enjoy the benefits of an established benefits program, but still live startup life.

Volunteer in local community
edX volunteers for the Charles River Conservancy for a Cleanup day and is deeply embedded in the local edtech community.
Partners with Nonprofits
edX partners with Year Up and She Geeks Out.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
edX has a Sustainability committee, various employee resource groups, and an edX Cares committe involved in giving back to the community.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We have a pension plan too!
401(K) Matching
5% match
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Company sponsored family events
edX's summer party is for the whole family!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive _40__ hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
edX hosts two company outings per year - in the summer and in the winter. There are department-specific outings throughout the year!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
edX has a running group and a pickup basketball team.
Fitness Subsidies
edX has access to the MIT gym at a great rate!
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We have a $5,000 tuition reimbursement (per calendar year) through MIT's benefits. Additionally, we have a $200 stipend (per calendar year) for edX courses.

Additional Perks + Benefits

As employees of MIT, we have some of the best benefits around! Free lunch every day (of various catered cuisines) brings people into the cafeteria to enjoy lunch as a group, and opens up edXer's culinary horizons.

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