Jay Collier is founder and executive director of The Compass LLC, a consultancy focused on online communications for communities of practice and lifelong learning. He has developed strategies for online engagement and produced, edited, and managed media assets for WGBH, PBS, MIT, Dartmouth, and Bates College. He is interested in innovative learning communities that value integrative thinking and principled social action.
He has been promoting learning communities — and innovating with increasing-accessible communications technologies — professionally for 25 years, starting as a promotion producer and editor for WGBH in Boston. He promoted innovative research initiatives at MIT as a video producer/editor for institute clients, including the Media Lab. He promoted the liberal arts and sciences approach to education as a online producer and manager at Dartmouth and Bates. He has supported Maine’s innovative digital learning initiatives through the Department of Education.
Jay graduated summa cum laude from the Boston University College of Communication where he studied media criticism, film history, educational technology, broadcast programming and production, and computer science.
He began his professional career at WGBH-TV as stage manager, camera operator, video switcher, and production assistant for news, public affairs, how-to, sports, and performance programming, including This Old House, Evening at Pops, Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery, and NOVA. He edited stories for the Ten O’clock News with Christopher Lydon and on-air program promotion for primetime broadcast.
At the Public Broadcasting Service headquarters near Washington, DC, Jay wrote, produced, and directed promotional spots and programs for use by stations nationwide. Subsequently, he was promotion manager for Vermont Public Television — which serves Montreal and northern New England — and was the first executive director for RETN, the educational cable channel serving Vermont’s Champlain Valley.
At MIT, he produced and edited videos for schools and labs across the Institute. At Dartmouth College, he led the Web Publishing Services department, which managed Web sites for academic departments and administrative offices. At Bates College, he produced, edited, and managed new home and news sites, a social media gateway, and an e-mail campaign service.
As digital strategy consultant for the Maine Department of Education, he conducted an online needs assessment; proposed, planned, prototyped, and deployed online collaboration platform at MaineLearning.net; and developed, architected, and configured a newsroom website and e-mail communications platform.
He has been an invited speaker on digital media and learning at conferences and workshops in the U.S. and Canada.
He has produced online communications for not-for-profit organizations, including WGBH Boston alumni, Maine Audubon, Audubon Vermont, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and other education and conservation organizations in New England. He was also creative consultant for Voices of the Great Marsh, a video capturing the natural and cultural heritage of the largest salt marsh in New England.
He has been microblogging about a spectrum of ideas since 2005 at jaycollier.net.