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UC Irvine Leaders to Present at OpenCourseWare Consortium 2011 Annual Global Conference

Dean Gary Matkin, Ph.D., and Larry Cooperman to Present on the Importance of OpenCourseWare for Higher Education Institutions

IRVINE, Calif. – April 21, 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 OpenCourseWare Consortium Global Conference in Cambridge, Mass. On May 6, Matkin and Larry Cooperman, director of UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare project, will discuss the importance and need for higher education institutions to develop and implement an OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative—making free educational materials from the world’s leading universities available to the public. The conference will be hosted May 4 to 6 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge and will provide a unique opportunity for leaders in the open education movement to explore the issues facing open learning projects across the globe.

“This is a critical time for faculty and administration at higher education institutions to embrace open educational resources,” explains Matkin. “By adopting OCW initiatives and contributing to the evolution of the OCW movement, faculty at institutions around the world can become agents of change and significantly further the future of higher education.”

The OCW Consortium conference will bring together the top thinkers in the open education movement. Global educational leaders will converge to discuss how the open sharing of knowledge can continue to broaden access to education and support teaching and learning worldwide. Matkin and Cooperman’s presentation, “Making OCW Indispensable: Getting Faculty Involved and Hooked,” will describe how institutions are effectively using and supporting open websites and how the OCW and open educational resource movements are intersecting with emerging trends in higher education. In addition, they will further emphasize the need for faculty at all major universities to become producers and publishers of open education materials. Highlights of the presentation include:

    Leveraging OCW to Serve Current Students and Faculty

    How to Support Teaching and Learning With OCW Projects

    Using OCW Initiatives to Facilitate Accountability and Contribute to Continuous Improvement

    Utilizing OCW to Advance Institutional Recognition and Reputation

    Fulfilling a Public Service Role Through OCW Initiatives

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. 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 website—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, e-mail or follow us at 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