UCI Division of Continuing Education joins the OERu international partnership
The OER Foundation is proud to welcome the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education to the OERu international innovation partnership.
“Our partnership with the OERu will add significant value to our core services to help learners identify and prepare for meaningful careers, become workplace ready, and secure their first jobs.”
~Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., Vice Provost of Career Pathways.
The UCI Division of Continuing Education has been a leader in open education since 2001 and has rapidly grown to become one of the largest open educational resources in the United States.
“The primary purpose of our Open Education initiative is to serve deserving audiences, globally, with free education,” says Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., Dean of Continuing Education and Vice Provost of Career Pathways.
“The OERu is building a global leadership role in transnational micro-credentialing through OER-enabled online courses,” says Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, Managing Director of the OER Foundation and UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER in New Zealand. “I look forward to our partnership with the UCI Division of Continuing Education in widening access to educational opportunities worldwide in support of UNESCO’s recommendation on OER”
About the UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education
The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum to provide students the education and training they need to make major life transitions, from school to work, career to career, job to job, and from work to retirement. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-
campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through Coursera, YouTube, and its own UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education,visit ce.uci.edu.
Following an international open meeting with funding support from UNESCO, the Open Education Resource universitas (OERu) was established to facilitate access to open online courses for students around the world. A growing international network of socially motivated institutions contributes to the creation of OERu courses and provides affordable opportunities for learners to gain academic credit towards recognised qualifications. Operational costs for shared OERu infrastructure are funded through membership in the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2009, with surplus revenue invested into charitable activities for the benefit of the network. OERu partners recoup assessment and credentialing services on a fee-for-service basis.