Cool Jobs in Open Education: Open Education Program Manager

May 19, 2011

The disruptive technology of open courseware has created an expansion in the open education field. The open education movement has created new opportunities for education professionals, including managing the educational and technological operations of the growing number of e-learning and open education programs. One such opportunity includes Open Education Program Manager. Learn more about it here.

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By Mercy McKee

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What Do Open Education Program Managers Do?

The opportunities available for open education or e-learning program managers utilize the talents of education professionals in areas such as operations management, project continuity, scheduling, budgeting and community satisfaction. There are also opportunities which may require program managers to assist with designing grants and supporting grantees in meeting grant requirements.

Open education program managers work to identify and utilize current research in order to maximize the value of open education programs, as well as continually increase open education awareness by collecting and sharing outcomes, lessons learned and recommendations from open education research, data analysis and case studies. Program managers may also coordinate and facilitate integration and collaboration with appropriate boards, commissions, councils and other global education entities.

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What Are the Qualifications for Open Education Program Manager?

Qualifications for open education program manager candidates will vary by employer. For example, some employers only require a relevant bachelor's degree for an entry-level management position, while some employers may prefer that candidates possess an educational-technology or similar master's degree. Some positions may require post-secondary teaching experience, work experience in online higher education programs and/or experience with grant-funded projects.

Individuals should possess skills in technology. Technology skills and the ability to utilize readily available mediums, such as educational technology, learning management systems and online community systems, such as discussion boards, social networking applications, wikis and blogs are integral elements in developing a solid educational platform.

Finally, open education program management positions are a great opportunity for those with a passion for the continued expansion in open education. Individuals who can successfully collaborate and work with teams and possess exceptional organizational, analytical, written and oral communication, project planning and leadership skills have the opportunity to be a part of the globally growing open education movement.

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