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UC Irvine Dean to Present at UPCEA 2011 Annual Conference

Continuing Education Dean Gary Matkin, Ph.D., Presents Paper on Importance of OpenCourseWare for Higher Education Institutions

IRVINE, Calif. – March 30, 2011 – Gary W. Matkin, Ph. D., dean of continuing education, distance learning and summer session at the University of California, Irvine, has been invited to present at the 2011 University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. Matkin will discuss the importance and need for higher education institutions to develop and implement an OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative. The 96th annual conference will be hosted on April 6 to 9 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and will provide a unique opportunity for higher education leaders to explore best practices in the field of continuing education.

Matkin’s presentation titled, “Why You Should Immediately Create an OpenCourseWare Website at Your Institution,” will describe how institutions are effectively using and supporting open Web sites and how the OCW and open educational resource movements are intersecting with trends in higher education. In addition, he will further emphasize the need for all major universities to become producers and publishers of open education materials.

“This is a crucial time for higher education institutions around the world―the path toward openness in instructional material and the learning/teaching process is well defined and demanded,” explains Matkin. “By becoming an agent of important change, schools from North America and abroad can be a part of the evolution of the OCW movement and further the future of higher education.”

Serving as dean of continuing education at UC Irvine since March 1, 2000, Matkin leads UC Irvine’s continuing education unit, the UCI Distance Learning Center and Summer Session. He also initiated and guides the University’s OCW initiative. UC Irvine was the first University of California campus and first West Coast university to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW Consortium). Under Matkin’s direction, the University has published more than 50 complete courses, 120 video lectures and over 1,000 learning assets on its OCW Web site—allowing learners and educators throughout the world to access some of UC Irvine’s curriculum. Matkin currently serves as treasurer of the OCW Consortium.

As the principal investigator of several foundation grants, Matkin advises and supports the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on matters regarding the Foundation’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative. Matkin began his career in continuing education in 1973. He holds a doctorate in higher education and a master‘s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley. Matkin is a certified public accountant and the author of Effective Budgeting in Continuing Education (1985), Technology Transfer and the University (1990), and Using Financial Information in Continuing Education: Accepted Methods and New Approaches (1997).

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.