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UCI launches Open Education TV lectures

UC Irvine is the first West Coast university and UC campus to become a part of the OpenCourseWare Consortium

by Kristina WongPublished: March 12, 2012 12:10 PM

UC Irvine has taken the lead in creating the UCI OpenCourseWare project in conjunction with the OpenCourseWare (OCW) Consortium. The new initiative will make more than 144 hours of undergraduate and graduate course lectures available for free via Open Education TV, a new online TV channel.

The new online channel will make its debut during Open Education Week from March 5 to March 10.  During this week, viewers worldwide have the opportunity to watch videotaped classes, lectures, seminars, and conferences taught by the UCI faculty, and other institutions and organizations, for free.

“With thousands worldwide celebrating Open Education Week, UC Irvine is proud to have been an early participant in this movement to expand higher education opportunities through technology,” said Chancellor Michael Drake.

“UCI’s Open Education TV broadcast will allow anyone in the world access to the high quality content, video lectures, and materials produced by our faculty, on demand, for free.  Our hope is that participants identify content they like and return after the inaugural week,” explained Gary Matkin, Dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UCI.  “As a sustaining member of the OCW Consortium, we are committed to promoting and supporting this global event to increase access to higher education worldwide.”

With six full days of educational webcasts, the UCI OpenCourseWare includes subjects such as “Business and Sustainability,” “Global Meltdown: Fraud in the Financial Crisis,” and “How to Get into Medical School.”  From chemistry to law and humanities to public health, Open Education TV covers a wide diversity of subjects for high education learning purposes.  The full webcast schedule is available online.

“UC Irvine, along with a prestigious group of universities including Johns Hopkins and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, understands the importance of providing accessible resources not only for learning but also for teaching,” said Larry Cooperman, director of the campus’ OCW project. “The Open Education TV channel will let other institutions see what our program encompasses and offer insights into how they can build sustainable initiatives of their own.”

For more information on the UCI OpenCourseWare project, visit ocw.uci.edu.

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