Founded in 1965, The University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. Over four remarkable decades, UCI has become internationally recognized for efforts that are improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community.

UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the UC system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI attracts record numbers of undergraduate applications each year and admits freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. UCI is a center for quality education and is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities. Achievements in the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, and management have garnered top 50 national rankings for more than 40 academic programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes—two in chemistry and one in physics.

The University launched its OpenCourseWare initiative in November 2006. As the first West Coast university and UC campus to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), our OCW project is growing rapidly with the addition of nearly10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content. Our OCW initiative is supported partly by funding from extra-mural sponsors like the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—funding that has allowed for the development of OCW created specifically or targeted audiences such as California public school teachers seeking help in passing state examinations for single-subject science and mathematics credentials. In addition, our OCW Web site also provides students and self learners around the globe with access to UCI-faculty created undergraduate and graduate courses that are currently being taught to matriculated UCI students.

What is OCW?

An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials, organized as courses and often including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and assessments. While OCW initiatives typically do not provide a degree, credit, certification, or access to instructors, the materials are made available, for free, under open licenses for use and adaption by educators and learners around the world.

What is UC Irvine's OCW?

The University of California, Irvine’s OCW is a web-based repository of various UC Irvine courses and video lectures from UC Irvine faculty, seminar participants, and instructional staff. While the great majority of courses are drawn from graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs, some were originally produced under grant funding to serve specific needs in California and elsewhere. UC Irvine’s OCW is open and available to the world for free.

What is UC Irvine's Contribution to the OCW Movement?

The University of California, Irvine has a long history of social engagement. As a leading public research University, an important part of its mission is to showcase and disseminate the research and scholarship of the University to the public. Open educational content is a concept that will advance human knowledge, creativity, lifelong learning, and the social welfare of educators, students, and self-learners across the globe. As a proud member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, UC Irvine strives to meet the following goals:

  • To meet the University of California’s desire to play a significant role in the contribution to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world
  • To showcase the University’s top instructional efforts and make those courses and course materials free on a global scale to educators, students, and self-learners
  • To create educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, and modifiable under Creative Commons licenses

How do I register to use UC Irvine's OCW?

There is no registration or enrollment process because UC Irvine’s OCW is not a credit-bearing or degree-granting initiative. In addition, UC Irvine’s OCW courses do not feature an instructor and we do not provide access to faculty members for instruction. There also are no prerequisites for users who want to use UC Irvine’s OCW course materials in their own learning.

Can I enroll in for-credit online courses?

In some cases, yes. Credit can be gained through one of several mechanisms: taking for-credit coursework (fees apply) offered at the University's continuing education unit, UC Irvine Extension, through Access UCI, Summer Session, or through the normal admissions process, such as the online Master of Advanced Studies in Criminology, Law and Society degree program. For more information, please contact Kathy Tam at kstam@uci.edu or visit UC Irvine Extension's Web site.

Can I get a certificate of completion fron UC Irvine's OpenCourseWare?

No. UC Irvine’s OCW does not offer certificates of completion at this time. You should work through the courses at your own pace, and in whatever manner you desire.

How can I use UC Irvine’s OCW course materials?

UC Irvine’s OCW is a Web-based publication of the courses and course materials that support an education at the University. Educators are encouraged to use the materials for curriculum development, while students can augment their current learning by making use of the materials offered, and self-learners are encouraged to draw upon the material for self-study or supplementary use. Course materials offered on the UC Irvine Web site typically may be used, copied, distributed, translated and modified, but only for non-commercial educational purposes that are made freely available to other users. Each course shows its own license provisions, so please check carefully. All licenses permit reuse, but the following restrictions may apply:

  • Non-commercial: Use of UC Irvine OCW materials is open to all, except for profit-making entities who charge a fee for access to educational materials.
  • Attribution: Any and all use or reuse of the material, including use of derivative works (new materials that incorporate or draw on the original materials), must be attributed to the University of California, Irvine and, if a member of the faculty or instructional staff is associated with the material, to that person’s name and title as well.
  • Share alike (aka "copyleft"): Any publication or distribution of original or derivative works, including production of electronic or printed Web site materials or placement of materials on a website, must offer the works freely and openly to others under the same terms that UC Irvine OCW first made the works available to the user.
  • No derivatives: No modifications can be made to the materials themselves. If you would like to use UC Irvine OCW course materials, but are unsure whether your intended use qualifies as non-commercial use, please contact Kathy Tam at kstam@uci.edu for clarification.

How do I contribute my course materials?

If you are a member of either the UC Irvine faculty or instructional staff, the UC Irvine OCW staff provides licenses and a publication release form. Please contact us at 824-6260 or email ocw@uci.edu.

Opal Quality Award

UC Irvine was awarded the Opal Quality Award in December 2011 for institutional commitment to open educational resources. The OPAL Awards were created by a consortium that included UNESCO and several European universities.

Distance Education Innovation Award

The UC Irvine OpenCourseWare OpenChem project was recognized for innovation by the National University Technology Network at its 2013 conference.

International Marketing Association Award

The Internet Marketing Association recognized UCI OpenCourseWare for best website content at its 2012 conference.

Education Portal "People's Choice" Award

UCI OpenCourseWare's Science from Superheroes to Global Warming, a course from Prof. Mike Dennin (Physics & Astronomy), was given a "People's Choice" Award from voting conducted by Education Portal, a popular website.

ACE Course Award from OpenCourseWare Consortium

Lecturer John Crooks was given an ACE course award by the OpenCourseWare Consortium in 2011.

OpenCourseWare Leadership Excellence Award

Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan, professor of public health and founding Chair of the department of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, was a recipient of the OpenCourseWare Leadership Excellence (ACE) Award, given by OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC). Ogunseitan received the prestigious global Leadership ACE award in recognition of his role in raising the profile of the UC Irvine's open education program.

UCI OpenCourseWare is always looking for great new content to make available to our users. Faculty, please use the tabs below to learn about how to share your course materials, record your lectures or post other academic content. UCI Professors with OCW content have told us they have been pleased by the feedback they have received from students around the world who have benefited from their content.

We gladly accept the submission of course slides, lecture notes, syllabi and other copyright free materials that could constitute a course.

We use Creative Commons copyright licenses for our materials. Creative Commons was developed to increase the body of work available to the public to use and share. To learn more about Creative Commons, click here.

Faculty members are responsible for updating course material. If you would like to make changes or updates to your OCW materials, please contact us.

If you are interested in having your class filmed for inclusion on the UCI OCW website, please contact us in advance of the start of the quarter. Unless your course has a sponsor, we cannot necessarily guarantee we will be able to film your course, but interested faculty are always encouraged to contact us!
We utilize a two camera set-up to capture the professor and the slides or blackboard from the back of the classroom. Instructors are asked to wear a microphone. Most instructors have found that the video taping is not disruptive to the class and the students in your class benefit from reviewing the lectures.

Director, UCI OpenCourseWare

Larry Cooperman is a respected international consultant on open education. He has been an invited speaker at a UNESCO/MofE conference in Brazil, at TEDx in Medellin, Colombia, at the Korea OCW Consortium conference, at the plenary debate on OER at eLearning Africa, and others. He is a member of the boards of directors of the OpenCourseWare Consortium and the African Virtual University and leads the UC-Haiti Initiative's distance learning activities. Many organizations intend to adopt open education as a guiding principle, but face a series of obstacles. Cooperman's activity, principally in Africa and Latin America, has served to assist organizations and governments to take advantage of open education repositories, projects, and websites.

Examples:

  1. African Virtual University. Larry has submitted a draft policy for the functioning of its open education repository OER@AVU. The issue of the repository is an important one. It has to balance the AVU's capacity-building emphasis, e.g. reliance on the work of African academics, with a need to expand it from its origins as the repository of resources created solely by the AVU. Cooperman has proposed a series of board policies calling for a curated approach to repository building, combined with opening the repository to African academics both in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the entire African academic diaspora.
  2. SENA, Colombia. Larry met with the Vice-Minister of Education, and the senior advisor to President Santos on social prosperity, and with one of four national directors of SENA (National Learning Service) to attempt to define an open education project around Food Security. Some 35 universities attended a breakfast talk by Cooperman and Carolina Botero at the height of this activity.
  3. UNILAB, Brazil. UNILAB is a project launched by former Cooperman Lula to develop an Afro-Brazilian/African multinational university. Larry was invited by Rector Paolo Speller to help define what "openness" would mean for its faculty. UNILAB subsequently became a formal partner of the African Virtual University through an agreement authored by Cooperman.
  4. Universite de l'Etat d'Haiti. Cooperman wrote a report on distance learning readiness following a weeklong assessment trip for the UC-Haiti Initiative in September. While the trip intended to primarily address distance learning, Cooperman met with the Chancellor and others to urge the adoption of open education as a modality by which UEH could better serve all of Haiti and not just its matriculated students. His report has been translated to French and distributed in Haiti to key personnel.
  5. Open Education Week. Cooperman developed a scheduled webcast capability in which 144 hours of continuous programming was shown throughout the week, with locale-adapted time schedules.

Selected Presentations

  • Cooperman, L. (2011, November 10.) UNESCO/MofE Conference. Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
  • Cooperman, L. (2011, November 4). Korea OCWC 2011, Seoul, Korea.
  • Cooperman, L. (2011, June 16). “The Future is Open,” presented at the Technology, Entertainment, Design community event TEDx Conference in Medellin, Columbia.
  • Cooperman, L. (2011, May 27). “Open Learning Debate,” presented at E-Learning Africa.” Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Cooperman, L. (2012, February 23) “Building the Global Open Education Infrastructure,” presented at the 1st International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Manila, Philippines.
  • Cooperman, L. (2012, March 7) “Educating Everyone: What Next for Open Education,” presented at SXSW.EDU Conference
Larry Cooperman
UC Irvine Extension, Dean's Office
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
P: (949) 824-9976
ljcooper@uci.edu

Dean, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and Summer Session

Dr. Gary Matkin has been Dean of Continuing Education at University of California, Irvine since March 1, 2000. Matkin is a trendsetter in online education and distance learning. Among the programs he has instituted is the first online masters program in the University of California system. Matkin is the Principal Investigator of several foundation grants, including a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to advise and support the Foundation's Open Content Initiative. Matkin also serves on the UC Statewide Committee on Copyright and Technology Transfer and is the current Treasurer for the Open Courseware Consortium.

Learn more about Gary W. Matkin

Dean Gary W. Matkin
UC Irvine Extension, Dean's Office
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
P: (949) 824-5525
F: (949) 824-2742
gmatkin@uci.edu

UI/UX Designer

Joined in 2012, Joseph – in a few short months – stepped up beyond the call of duty of filing papers and led a new web design for the Open Courseware website. He is a lover of all things ridiculous, satirical, and – bordering insanity – fuzzy (read: cats of the funny variety). Allegedly living in Irvine, CA, Joseph is a fierce reader of all things web-y and tech-related and occasionally produces relevant podcasts for internet publication. Other side projects include music composition of the Rock variety, designing logos, and not taking biographies seriously.
Joseph is currently a student at UC Irvine for a B.S. in Informatics, focusing on Human-Computer Interaction.

Joseph Chang
UC Irvine Extension
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
Joseph.Chang@unx.uci.edu

Video Production Specialist

Chantal Eyong is a videographer and multimedia producer at the UC Irvine where she assists in recording video lectures and interviews for online courses. She received her B.A. in English with concentrations in Film and Creative Writing at Rutgers University. Chantal previously worked at Rutgers University, where she was a media producer and video editing instructor. Her work there included co-producing "Thailand Untapped," a Mid-Atlantic Emmy-nominated documentary. Her fiction work includes, "Rings We Bear," which won Campus Best Picture at Campus Movie Fest and was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Chantal currently lives in Laguna Hills, CA where she spends her free time coming up with puns, singing, and writing.

Chantal Eyong
UC Irvine Extension
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
Chantal.Eyong@unx.uci.edu

Manager, Media Services

Shaunt Kouyoumdjian is a production coordinator, videographer, and film editor at the UC Irvine Extension. He received his B.A. in Film and Media Studies from UC Irvine, where he continued his early film career in various post-production and trailer houses in Los Angeles. Aside from pursuing pet projects in film, he is also involved with the UC Irvine OpenCourseWare Initiative, which strives to make high-quality UC course materials free to educators, students, and self-learners around the world. He currently resides in Irvine, California where he spends his free time gawking at supercars, indulging in Armenian cuisine, and creating his own fan-made movie trailers.

Shaunt Kouyoumdjian
UC Irvine Extension
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
P: (949) 824-6329
Shaunt Kouyoumdjian

OCW Analyst

Bio coming soon!

Adriana Maestas
UC Irvine Extension
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
Adriana.Maestas@unx.uci.edu

Video Production Specialist

Luis Mascareno is a videographer for UC Irvine Extension. He graduated from UCI with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies and a minor in Digital Arts. As a student he worked as a videographer for UCI Campus Recreation with a team of talented graphic designers, videographers, and photographers. He has a passion for cinematography and video editing and currently resides in Newport Beach.

Luis Mascareno
UC Irvine Extension
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
Luis.Mascareno@unx.uci.edu

Video Production Specialist

Natalie Paredes is a production designer at UC Irvine Extension where she films and edits class lectures, as well as creating original artwork for online classes. She recently graduated from UCI with duel bachelor's degrees in Film and Media Studies and Studio Art. Aside from filming and editing at UCI, she also works part-time at an independent movie theater to fuel her insatiable movie addiction and can frequently be found at midnight showings of horrible movies around Los Angeles. She currently lives in Anaheim, CA, where she spends her free time painting and making custom puppets of pop-culture characters.

Natalie Paredes
UC Irvine Extension
PO Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616
Natalie.Paredes@unx.uci.edu