Senior UX / UI designer

at Micro:bit Educational Foundation (view profile)
Location Oxford
Date Posted 3rd August 2018
Category Technical
Job Type Freelance
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The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is looking for a freelance UX / UI specialist to work on the development of an innovative web application to support teachers finding, planning and delivering lessons using the BBC micro:bit.Working in conjunction with education experts and the Foundation's technical team you will be carrying out the user experience design for the web application that is used for delivering lesson material. The project covers a) new functionality for uploading lesson plans to allow non technical micro:bit staff and partners to quickly and easily put consistent, high quality lesson plans on website b) improving the user journey for visitors to the website including better search and filtering functionality to ensure teaching materials are easier to find and use c) new quick start guides and online training materials to help teachers feel inspired to use the micro:bit in their teaching, especially those who are less technically confident.

The challenges include catering for a variety of target users e.g. children, computer science teachers and teachers from other subject areas with varied levels of digital literacy.

You will be working in a project team on a standalone project with key strategic importance to the Micro:bit Educational Foundation.

This is a freelance position at the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. We’re looking for someone who can dip in and out of the project at different points over the next 9-12 months.

Team size: 3 in your direct team, 5 in the wider micro:bit tech team.

Location: This position is based remotely however you will need to travel to Oxford and London for some meetings.


There is a digital skills shortage in the UK and a gap that needs filling. Being digitally skilled will give a person access to better paid jobs while low skilled jobs are at risk of being eliminated by automation. Children need to have greater digital skills to be able to have improved life chances.

It is our long-term goal that digital skills should be seen by teachers and students as important as literacy and numeracy, and taught to the same level, rather than Computer Science being seen as a specialist topic just for technically minded students.

You will be working on a project to transform the micro:bit offering from a hugely effective educational product that is well received by digitally confident teachers to a comprehensive educational platform for all teachers.

You will be helping to redevelop the micro:bit platform (UX, entry points, support materials and classroom management functionality) to ensure that it supports all teachers, whatever their digital skill level, to use the micro:bit, so enabling digital skills to be applicable across all subject areas as they will be across all job sectors in the future.


We’re looking for someone who...

  • Is entrepreneurial and works collaboratively to get things done.
  • Works independently to a high standard.
  • Can deliver wireframes, high quality UI and visual design work.
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of user testing techniques.
  • Is diligent in delivering robust and maintainable solutions.
  • Knows how to balance doing things properly with doing things fast, and choosing where appropriate compromises can and can’t be made.
  • Understands the implications of multilingual, international sites and translation requirements.

This is a new project with very little legacy to complicate the design process. There are some dependencies that must be interfaced with, but the nature of these interactions are to be defined by the project team.


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