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.

What is OCW?

An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is an open educational resource organized as typical components of course materials, 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 Open Education project?

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 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 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

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 higher education. 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. 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 for clarification.
  • Attribution (always required): 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.
  • Sharealike: 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.

How do I properly attribute or cite a work found on the UCI OCW website?

The core attribution must include:

  • Author. This is typically the professor or lecturer of a course. However, it may include multiple people, as in the case of panelists or team-taught courses.
  • Title of course or lecture.
  • Link to source URL on OCW website.
  • License

Attribution example:

Dennin, Michael. Physics 3A: Basic Physics. (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), (Accessed 22 May, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

It is optional, but appreciated to link back to our website -

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 serves as president of the Open Education Consortium (OEC), a global organization of 300 universities, colleges and educational organizations. The OEC is the newly renamed organization founded by MIT in 2006 as the OpenCourseWare Consortium. 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.


  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. (2014) “Universal Access to Higher Education: Implications for the University and for Society,” presented (March 29, 2014) at Asahi Shinbum International Conference on Higher Education, Tokyo, Japan.

Cooperman, L. (2012). “Building the Global Open Education Infrastructure,” presented at the 1st International Conference on Open and Distance Learning in Manila, Philippines.

Cooperman, L. (2012). “Open Education in the Health Sciences,” presented at Albert Einstein Hospital Einstein Leadership Development Program, Sao Paulo, Brazil. November 1, 2012.

Cooperman, L. (2012). “The State of the Art in Distance Education: Impacts on the Rational Use of Public Resources,” presented at the Second International E-Learning Seminar, Network of Schools of Public Administration, Brasilia, Brazil. October 24, 2012.

Cooperman, L., Forward, M.L. (2012) “Is OER Going to Sabotage Your Distance Learning Program,” presented at Sloan-C Online Learning Conference, Orlando, Florida. October 11, 2012.

Cooperman, L. (2012). “Educating Everyone: What Next for Open Education,” presented at SXSW.EDU Conference. March 7, 2012.

Cooperman, L. (2011). “The Future is Open,” presented at TEDx Medellin, Colombia. June 16, 2011.

Cooperman, L. (2011). “Open Learning Debate,” Final Plenary at E-Learning Africa. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. May 27, 2011.


Cooperman, L. (2014). “From Elite to Mass to Universal Higher Education: From Distance to Open Education,” Revista Iberoamericana de Educacion a Distancia, Vol. 17, No. 1.

Cooperman, L. (2014). Foreword, Open Educational Resources and Social Networks. Okada, A. (eds.) (2014), Vol. 2, EduEMA PUBLISHING, Sao Luis, Brazil.

Cooperman, L. (2013). “OCW, MOOCs and the Future of Higher Education,” Revista Fundacao Getulio Vargas Online, Year 2 No. 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cooperman, L. (2012) “Unfounded Fears: Making Higher Education More Affordable,” Evolllution,

Cooperman, L. (2011). “New Directions for OpenCourseWare: Implications for Brazil,” Revista Fundacao Getulio Vargas Online, Year 1, No. 1, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cooperman, L. (2007) “Instructional Design for Online Course Development,” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, University of Toronto Press, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 238-242


Larry Cooperman
UC Irvine Extension, Dean's Office
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P: (949) 824-9976

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

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