Stephen Carson

Principal Consultant, Digital Education Concepts LLC


Online education leader with a proven record of scaling transformational ideas to achieve global results through effective strategic planning, leadership, process optimization, and assessment.


On the Web

Extensive team leadership experience addressing educational challenges on a global scale through online learning initiatives including the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab,¬†OPENPediatrics, MITx and MIT OpenCourseWare. Extensive background in strategic planning, management, and evaluation/assessment; open education strategies and intellectual property rights in the higher education context; live and online event planning; and database implementation and management. Significant fundraising experience, including grant writing, corporate sponsorship and individual donation campaigns. Proven written and oral communication skills, including five years’ work as a writing instructor, extensive presentation experience, and publication history.


Of Note

  • Online learning and distance learning content development: Management of teams developing and implementing online learning in a variety of environments including OpenEdx, Drupal, and Blackboard.
  • Program management: Consensus-driven articulation of organizational mission, goals, and values; development of strategic initiatives, key programs, and success measures; budgeting, staffing and resource allocation.
  • Fundraising: Development and execution of fundraising programs in nonprofit contexts, including corporate sponsorship, grant writing and individual donation campaigns.
  • Communications: Strategy, message and collateral development; traditional mass media and social media public relations; feature writing and public speaking.
  • Strategic partnership development:¬† Mission-focused development of strategic partnerships; leadership in consortia development.
  • Evaluation: Evaluation strategy and plan development; qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis; web metric analysis.
  • Intellectual property management: IP strategy development in educational contexts; management of educational content using open content licenses; materials licensing for educational programs.
  • Technology implementation: Information architecture, design, and implementation of relational database systems; information architecture and design of websites.
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