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UC Irvine’s Larry Cooperman Selected as Board Member for Two Prestigious Education Associations

New Positions Support the University’s Initiative to Contribute and Enhance Open Education Movement

IRVINE, Calif. – June 23, 2010 – University of California, Irvine announces the appointment of Larry Cooperman to the Board of Directors for both the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) and the African Virtual University (AVU). In these new roles, Cooperman, the director of UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, will utilize his extensive experience in online education to provide insight and resources to both educational associations.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to these exceptional and like-minded organizations,” said Cooperman. “Both the OCWC and the AVU share my passion for investing in the future of learning by creating open educational resources. I look forward to leveraging my experience at UC Irvine and other educational institutions to build and nurture a vibrant, culturally diverse global community that is connected to the Open Education Movement.”

The OCWC is a collaboration of more than 200 higher educational institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of educational content using a shared model. The Board of Directors of OCWC strives to advance education and empower people worldwide through OCW. As a member of the group, Cooperman will oversee management issues such as membership, budgets, and other financial issues. Appointed by the organization’s executive council, board directors also provide guidance with committee development and OCWC policy issues.

The AVU strives to facilitate the use of effective Open, Distance, and eLearning in African institutions of tertiary education. They implement important changes in order to put a strong emphasis on impact and organizational sustainability. As a member of the Board of Directors, Cooperman will work closely with the Member States, the Partner Institutions, the Donors and other strategic partners to increase access to quality higher education in Africa professionally, passionately and efficiently.

“Larry Cooperman is one of the driving forces behind the University’s OpenCourseWare movement and has played a pivotal role in establishing UC Irvine’s membership in the OCW as the first West Coast university in the consortium,” said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of Continuing Education at University of California, Irvine. “We are pleased that Cooperman’s creativity and vision will extend UC Irvine’s contribution to these organizations that are dedicated to improving lives around the world.”

UC Irvine’s OCW project is Cooperman’s third initiative within the University of California system. He previously managed online initiatives at both UC Irvine and UC Berkeley. In addition, Cooperman has served as Chair of the Strategic Technology Committee of the OCWC. He is a founding steering committee member of the Knowledge4All Foundation, which seeks to advance video-based open educational content. Prior to joining the University of California, Cooperman was the Associate Vice President for Educational Technology at the California College of the Arts.

He is also the principal developer of UCI’s open-source Course Authoring Tool, which has been in use since 2003 at the Distance Learning Center.

About UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare Initiative

The University of California, Irvine was the first University of California campus–and West Coast University–to join the OCW Consortium. UC Irvine's membership in the OCW Consortium is consistent with its public- and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open educational resources (OER) showcase the University's high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. UC Irvine's OCW is a large-scale, Web-based resource that houses educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, modifiable, and, best of all, free and easily available. Through the OCW movement, UC Irvine provides University-quality courses and learning assets to populations of self-learners that are underserved and in many cases, unable to participate in formal education at a university. This site also offers access to UC Irvine’s online continuing education offerings. For more information about UC Irvine's OCW initiative, visit http://open.uci.edu/, e-mail open@uci.edu or follow us at Twitter.com/UCI_OCW and Facebook (UC Irvine OpenCourseWare).

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.