The National University Technology Network Honors Top Distance Education Field Stars
IRVINE, Calif. – September 27, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine has been awarded the Distance Education Innovation Award by The National University Technology Network (NUTN) for its development of OpenCourseWare content. The awards were presented at NUTN’s annual event, Network 2011: Learning – Technology – Innovation on Sept. 26-28, 2011 in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
“It is an honor to have UC Irvine recognized for its overall contributions to the OpenCourseWare movement,” said Larry Cooperman, director of UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare project. “OpenCourseWare at UC Irvine will continue to contribute to the greater world-wide educational community by creating free access to high quality, university-level educational materials.”
The competitive award was one of four awarded this year and is presented to an individual or group of individuals representing an institution that has developed an innovative program or practice contributing to the field of distance education.
The National University Technology Network, NUTN, is a professional development network for innovative leaders advancing teaching and learning in the distance education field. NUTN provides assistance and opportunities for professional development, and is designed to address the challenges of the developing digital world, as well as the continued use of educational technologies in higher education.
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
email@example.com 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