The University of California, Irvine is a sustaining member of the Open Education Consortium (formerly the OpenCourseWare Consortium).

The University launched its OpenCourseWare initiative in November 2006. Since then, it has rapidly grown to become one of the premiere sites in the United States. Today, its YouTube channel, is viewed more than a million minutes per month. Its OpenChem project comprises video lectures and more equivalent to the lectures in an undergraduate chemistry degree.