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UC Irvine Receives Distance Education Innovation Award for OpenCourseWare Work

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 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.