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UC Irvine professor receives award for advocacy of free higher education

Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan receives Leadership Excellence Award from OpenCourseWare Consortium

by Crystal NguonlyPublished: April 18, 2012 01:30 PM

University of California Irvine professor Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan has received the Leadership Excellence Award from the OpenCourseWare Consortium for his role in raising awareness of UC Irvine’s free and open education website.  

Dr. Ogunseitan was honored at the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s annual conference held in Cambridge, UK, earlier this month,

“Dr. Ogunseitan is deserving of this award, which recognizes his significant commitment to the advancement of the UC Irvine’s OCW program through the addition of lectures and course materials on our site, along with the promotion of open educational resources to the community,” said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D. and Dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UC Irvine.

A professor of public health and social ecology, founding Chair of UCI’s department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, Dr. Ogunseitan has served as co-director of the UC Irvine Framework Program in Global health since 2009. He believes in the importance in allowing opportunities for more access to higher education around the world.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the OCW Consortium,” Dr. Ogunseitan said. “It’s important that more colleges and universities embrace this movement and add their courses and lectures to the OCW Consortium’s catalogue to increase access to higher education around the world.”

The OpenCourseWare Consortium is an alliance with more than 250 higher education schools and associated organizations from all around the world coming together and created a concept of sharing knowledge to the world. The organizations mission is to “advance formal and informational learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.” Some of the contributing members of the OCW include African Virtual University, Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium, Johns Hopkins Blooomberg School of Public Health and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.

UC Irvine was the first UC campus to join the OCW Consortium and offer free course material, contributing to a better social welfare of the state, nation and world. The online-based educational resource showcases the university’s high-quality education and course material for free, allowing access to self-learners seeking more knowledge.

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