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Open Education Coordinator

Open Education Coordinator

University of Oklahoma Job Location: Oklahoma Apply By: First screening reviews will begin by 04/13/20 Date Created: 03-12-2020

The University of Oklahoma Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and highly motivated individual to serve as the Open Education Coordinator. Successful candidates will have a strong understanding of open educational resources (OER), open licensing, open pedagogy, and the landscape in which these open-enabled domains reside. This position develops strategies for increasing the use of OER and alternative textbook and course material solutions at the University of Oklahoma by leading, planning, implementing, and assessing OU’s Open Education programs and services in support of OU’s goal to reduce the cost of attendance for its students. Reporting to the Director of Open Initiatives and Scholarly Communication within the University Libraries, the Open Education Coordinator manages the Alternative Textbook Grant and otherwise works to increase students’ access to educational resources via creative and inclusive strategies. The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. Position Responsibilities
  • Manage all aspects of OU Libraries Alternative Textbook Grants, including OER Grants and Library Resource Grants. Strategize, implement, maintain and develop these grant initiatives and coordinate their projects. Assist faculty with open content adoption, production, and publishing.
  • Assess impact of Alternative Textbook Grants; report on savings due to OER adoption, strategize and execute steps to maximize savings. Develop methods for assessing and reporting impact, effectiveness, and relevance of OER adoption at OU.
  • Develop and sustain strategic partnerships and effective working relationships with various campus stakeholders and work collaboratively in a diverse, fast-paced environment to promote the use of OER and support their integration into curriculum.
  • Engage faculty and instructors to integrate copyright, open licensing, and related topics and skills into the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with subject specialists to promote OER adoption.
  • Coordinate with colleagues to create teaching/learning opportunities promoting the use of OER, the Alternative Textbook Grant, Creative Commons Licensing, and related concepts.
  • Serve as the facilitator and coordinate the activities of the campus-wide OER Action Committee.
  • Work with OU Libraries Communication Coordinator to ensure initiatives are represented on the Libraries social media channels, annual reports, and other marketing and promotional materials.
  • Implement best practices of accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and resource sharing as they relate to the publication of OER, including making policy and procedure documents open, adaptable, and accessible.
  • Keep abreast, understand, and communicate current and emerging trends, latest developments, and best practices related to OER and its related practices within the University Libraries and the university community.
  • Contribute to initiatives of University Libraries including working groups and committees.
  • Support a diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational and work environment.
Professional Responsibilities
  • Develop, manage, and participate in the creation of leading edge processes, strategies, and initiatives to support the efforts of OU and the open education community.
  • Serve as a resource and consultant to those interested in OER at other institutions; engage with and participate in professional community; liaise with regional and national OER efforts.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities in support of the library and its OER related initiatives, including grant and development opportunities and conference planning.
Required Qualifications Master’s degree in library/information science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or a related field, such as (but not limited to) Education, Educational Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education, or Educational Technology OR equivalent experience AND
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience administering programs in Open Education , Open Educational Resources, or Open Pedagogy.
  • Understanding of open education, its principles, trends, and its intersection with scholarly communication. Knowledge and experience regarding best practices associated with the adoption, modification, and creation of OER.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading programming and outreach efforts, including workshops, faculty learning communities, etc. focused on open education and its subtopics.
  • Understanding of copyright, open licensing, fair use, author rights, archiving rights, and institutional repositories.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build programs and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated skill in effective and persuasive written and oral communication, including public speaking.
  • Ability to consult and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive way.
  • Ability to define goals and timelines and coordinate existing staff and technology resources to achieve or exceed desired outcomes.
  • Ability to assess and learn new technologies quickly.
  • Ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing environment, take initiative, and be self-directed.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the open education community.
  • Prior experience as an instructor and/or instructional librarian.
  • Training or experience in instructional design principles and/or curriculum design, including experience with learning management systems.
  • Project management experience. Experience with web-based publishing, presentation tools, and various media types.
  • Comfort with quantitative data and analysis.
  • Experience in the evaluation of textbooks for one or more particular fields.
Applications All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. To see more detail about the Open Education Coordinator position, visit libraries.ou.edu/jobs. To apply for this position, go to https://jobs.ou.edu and search for job number 200853. The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Bobby J. Mason, University Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, (405) 325-3546, bjm@ou.edu, or visit the OU Institutional Equity Office.

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