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UC Irvine nets $320,000 to expand free online initiative

The Hewlett Foundation's grant will help develop university's OpenCourseWare program.

By Kristen SchottPublished: September 21, 2009 10:04 AM

UC Irvine was granted $320,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to further develop its OpenCourseWare Initiative – which is run by the school's continuing education arm, UCI Extension – and the Open Education Resources Movement.

The funds will support the staffing and planning for the OCW Initiative's growth. The university will remain an active member in the OpenCourseWare Consortium, which was established by the Hewlett Foundation.

The consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and organizations worldwide that provide open educational content for learners. The university will also use the grant to update the content of existing OCW courses and develop new services associated with the program, including an independent study model.

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