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James Glapa-Grossklag

Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning
Position Opening: Open Educational Resources Policy Fellowship
General Summary
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a growing not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) membership association focused on K-12 online learning.  iNACOL is seeking an OER Fellow to lead our policy work in the area of open educational resources.
iNACOL OER Policy Fellowship
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in open educational resources (OER) policy the opportunity to spend six months contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.
The 2012 iNACOL Policy Fellow will receive a monthly stipend to work with iNACOL on these issues. We are looking for motivated candidates with partially-developed ideas in exploring a policy issues, conducting short research projects, or crafting a policy-related activity within the spectrum of open educational resources, supporting sharing of learning materials in the public domain. We are seeking project ideas that will be mutually beneficial to the candidate and iNACOL. We are interested in the OER Fellow conducting original research, identifying policy statutes and frameworks, and supporting projects around developing educational materials that can be shared across districts and states, to build innovation as a field around open educational resources.  The fellow will be assisting in the development of activities/projects useful to our wide-ranging global community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
With our partners in the current Hewlett-funded OER coalition, State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA), EducationCounsel, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), we are researching large-scale OER implementations in K-12 education. Other major activities include:
·         Raising awareness with state and federal policy makers and the education public at large of the problems facing the traditional K-12 instructional materials/educational resources system and the need and opportunity to make changes to support implementation of digital OERs in the public domain in the context of implementing the Common Core State Standards;
·         Conducting research and policy analysis to document OER implementations, policies and to identify barriers and opportunities to successful, large-scale OER implementations; and,
·         Providing direct technical assistance to national- and state-level actors and others to help them to take action to support OER-friendly and OER-centric policies, regulations, and practices.
iNACOL is looking for students who are passionate about K-12 digital learning, and want to spend the summer focused on emerging Open Educational Resources (OER) policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise;
  • Experience in state or federal policy analysis;
  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to OER policy;
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work well and collaborate across diverse constituencies.

Fellows will receive a stipend each month for six months in 2012. Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and iNACOL.
To Apply
If you are passionate about improving educational opportunities for all K-12 students and have the skills outlined above, please email your resume to along with a cover letter describing your ideas for policy work in the area of open educational resources, and at least 3 references.  Deadline to apply: May 18, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. eastern.
This non-profit  is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Dr. Allison Powell
Vice President, State and District Services
International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350, Vienna, VA  22182
Office 703-752-6216
Fax 703-752-6201

iNACOL's Virtual School Symposium (VSS 2012)
The Premier K-12 Online & Blended Learning Conference
October 21-24, 2012 in New Orleans, LA

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Anyone out there have stats on the growth of various open initiatives, for example, number of institutions/faculty/students creating/using/accessing OER; growth in courses/content for, or campuses offering, OCW? To me, OER, OCW, OSS, etc. seems to be gaining awareness/adoption, but maybe I am just so immersed (entrenched?), I am over-estimating it's growth, impact, etc. Is anyone measuring this? Or, if there aren't industry-wide numbers, how about per project/organization (MIT's OCW has grown X many courses, users, visits, etc., OER Commons has Y more members, artifacts/objects/courses/users, etc.)? I'm trying to measure interest through investment/participation rather than hype. Any suggestions welcome, thanks, Patrick || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: Blog: ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
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Hi Patrick, The Open Courseware Consortium will be presenting the growth of college/university membership in the consortium next week at the Open Global conference which is one data point. I suspect that other organizations will be presenting data at this conference as well and slides will be posted. Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges is tracking adoption of their Open Course Library (first 42 courses) Also, BCampusOnline has been working on tracking OER adoptions. Let me know if you need contact info for them. For open textbook adoption, the open textbook publisher, FlatWorld Knowledge, keeps records of all adoptions of their materials by college and faculty. Best Regards, Una --------------------------- Una Daly Community College Outreach Open Courseware (408)348-4346