Stephen Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, MIT



On the Web

Twenty years’ experience addressing educational challenges on a global scale through digital learning initiatives including the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education LabOPENPediatrics, 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; 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

  • 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 web sites.
  • Increased OPENPediatrics’ community size from 1,500 to 18,000+ in three years
  • Boston Children’s project lead for development of the Alicaonto Cloud social learning platform used for OPENPediatrics
  • Senior manager of MIT OpenCourseWare for 11 years
  • Founding president of the OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • Designed and managed programs generating $3 M in revenue and $4.4 M in additional commitments for MIT OpenCourseWare
  • Developed and taught “Mechanical MOOC” Python programming course with more than 13,000 learners enrolled