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UC Irvine OpenCourseWare Leader Larry Cooperman to Present at TEDx Medellin Colombia Event

Director of UC Irvine OpenCourseWare Project to Present on the Future of Online Education

IRVINE, Calif. – May 4, 2011 – Larry Cooperman, M.A. and director of the OpenCourseWare project at the University of California, Irvine, has been invited to present at the 2011 Technology, Entertainment, Design community event TEDx Conference in Medellin, Colombia on June 16. Cooperman will discuss global access to higher education, the historical approach to higher education and the benefits of OpenCourseWare (OCW) for the worldwide audience. His presentation titled, “The Future is Open,” will address the movement towards making free educational materials from the world’s leading universities available to the public. The conference will be hosted at the Modern Art Museum of Medellin (MAMM) in Colombia.

“This is an exciting time in the OpenCourseWare movement,” explains Cooperman. “OpenCourseWare initiatives around the world are providing students and instructors with free and equal access to high-quality educational materials in ways that have never before been realized—creating a significant impact on the future of higher education.”

The TEDx Medellin conferences bring together the world’s top thinkers to discuss ideas and global movements that have a profound social impact and support TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading.” As an independently organized event, the TEDx Medellin conference—which was created in the spirit of TED’s mission and ideology—serves as an opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local, community level. At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos or a combination of live presentations and TEDtalks videos spark deep conversation and connections.

In his presentation, Cooperman will address the historical exclusivity of access to educational content and the development of free, open educational resources. He will also address the future of the open education movement and the rise of peer-to-peer learning. Highlights of the presentation include:

    • The History of Educational Access: From Distance to Open Education

      The Global Study Hall: Peer-to-Peer Learning

      Living Together: Formal and Informal Educational Sectors
  • Cooperman will be speaking alongside Timothy Ferris, Boy Wonder, Ana Maria Ibañez, Julieta Lemaitre, Juan Manuel Pedroza, Daniel Velandia and Juan Granada.

    As the director of UCI’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) project, Cooperman is responsible for the strategic development and execution of the program. In addition to overseeing the OCW project at UCI, Cooperman has managed online initiatives at UC Berkeley and at UC Irvine’s Distance Learning Center. Cooperman currently serves on the board of directors of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, a global organization bringing together 200 universities and affiliates, as well as the African Virtual University. In 2011, he joined the advisory board of the UC Haiti Initiative. 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 UC Irvine’s open-source Course Authoring Tool, which has been in use since 2003 at the Distance Learning Center.

    The TEDx conference in Medellin is open to the public.

    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.