Chronicle: The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning
"Then, the Education and Labor Departments decided to do something highly uncharacteristic of large federal bureaucracies: They began to talk. To one another. Constructively. What they devised could change higher education for huge numbers of students, many of whom will never attend a community college at all.
The concept is simple: Community colleges that compete for federal money to serve students online will be obliged to make those materials—videos, text, assessments, curricula, diagnostic tools, and more—available to everyone in the world, free, under a Creative Commons license. The materials will become, to use the common term, open educational resources, or OER's."
May 2, 2011
I am delighted to announce I have accepted the position of “Director of Global Learning” @ Creative Commons (job details below). CC posted the news this morning.
While I am sad leaving the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (it has been the best job of my career!), I have an intense passion for open education resources and open policy… and this is an opportunity to work those issues on a global scale. I believe, as the marginal cost of sharing digital content approaches $0, we have a collective obligation to help learners everywhere access a quality, affordable education.
Creative Commons is about realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture, and driving a new era of development, growth, and productivity.
I think it will be a good fit ;)
New e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB TITLE: Director of Global Learning
Supervisor: CEO, Cathy Casserly
PURPOSE OF JOB:
· Responsible for setting strategic direction and priorities to build regional momentum and a global movement to enable robust and vibrant practices and policies for free sharing of education and learning assets.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Develop relationships with constituent communities (such as high-profile institutions, organizations and governments) to openly license their content, and to promote Creative Commons.
· Identify and foresee trends in learning and education communities and determine how Creative Commons' licenses and technologies can influence creation, distribution and funding practices.
· Work with countries, states / provinces / territories, and higher education and K-12 systems / institutions to adopt policies that require publicly funded works to be openly licensed with Creative Commons licensing.
· Coordinate annual and long-term strategic planning processes with staff and Board committee and work with learning team staff to develop short and long-range work plans with clear objectives and timetables for achieving goals.
· Work with learning/education vendors and communities to integrate Creative Commons tools into their content creation or distribution processes.
· Take feedback from the education community and refine existing Creative Commons tool- set to better meet the needs of the community.
· Ensure timely reporting and communication between the learning team and full Creative Commons staff, board of directors and stakeholders so that all are properly informed of team activities.
· Serve as an effective and professional spokesperson for Creative Commons; represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, governments and the general public.
· Work with CC affiliate network and others to scale impact globally.