Getting (More) Involved with the OCW Consortium
Join/Form a Community of Interest
Communities of Interest are discussion forums, proposed by members and organized according to particular topics of interest within the OCW movement. Participation in a Community of Interest is by no means limited to OCW Consortium Members. Some examples include the K-12 Community and OER Health Community. Visit our dedicated Communities of Interest website.
Join/Form a Working Group
Working groups arise from the membership, forming around discrete tasks that call for collaboration, whether that be drafting a document, researching a common question or writing a piece of code. Often a group will gather initially at an OCW Consortium Global Meeting and then put out a request for additional members in the newsletter. Some working groups form quickly and then dissolve as soon as the task is complete. Others maintain ongoing email lists so that participants can be on-call as relevant tasks materialize. Examples include the Technology Working Group and the Copyright Exceptions and Limitations Working Group. For a full list of our currently active Working Groups, click here.
Join a Committee
Committees are more formal groups that have been tasked by the Board of Directors to provide advice regarding the life of the Consortium. Standing Committees are tasked with ongoing concerns such as Consortium finances or the review of membership applications. Ad hoc Committees are tasked with short-term tasks such as an employee search process or website revision. For a full list of our currently active Committees, click here.
Run for a Position on the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the OCW Consortium provides strategic direction to the organization in support of its mission. Membership on the Board of Directors is limited to employees of member organizations. It represents a significant commitment to guiding the OCW Consortium in its development by providing leadership at the highest level. Specific Responsibilities for Members of the Board include:
If you are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors, please indicate your interest by submitting a nomination form to the Nomination Committee when the call for Nominations goes out in March of each year.