Jay Collier is Director of Computing and Digital Programs for the University of New England. He was previously Program Director for Project>Login, Educate Maine’s business-led campaign to expand the network of K-12, college, and adult learners who discover, explore, and pursue pathways toward high-demand computing and info tech careers in Maine. He was founder and executive director of The Compass LLC, a consultancy focused on digital strategy for communities of professional practice and lifelong learning.

For over 25 years, Jay has been scouting, evaluating, and curating learning media. At WGBH and PBS, he introduced new video editing workflows for local and national program promotion. At MIT, he post-produced online videos about leading-edge research for institute clients, including the Media Lab. At Dartmouth, he promoted liberal arts and sciences education as an online producer and manager for over 50 departments and offices. At Bates College, he consolidated media relations, social media, and e-mail content into new core channels.

At the Maine Department of Education, he led a needs analysis for online communications, produced and designed a cross-media newsroom service, and developed and prototyped a collaboration platform for educators. Working as a consultant to the British Columbia Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium, he wrote case studies about state, regional, and national support for integrated online learning platforms. He was a member of the Leadership Maine Tau class, sponsored by the Maine Development Foundation.

Jay has been microblogging about innovative ideas in learning media since 2005 at and He consults with learning organizations on emerging media, online collaboration, and access to knowledge.


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; 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.

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