Open education thrives in California through new large-scale collaboration between major universities.

collaboration-openchem-UCICalifornia colleges and universities are spurring the open and accessible movement, specifically in relation to STEM education, thanks to a new partnership signaling a cultural shift in higher-ed collaborative relationships.

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) announced a partnership on Monday (March 9th) with the primary systems of education in California—University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community Colleges (CCC)—with the goal of providing UCI’s university-level chemistry curriculum and educational resources to teachers, students and self-learners in California and around the world.

One of the major benefits of this collaboration, says UCI, is that it allows faculty and students to have free access to chemistry lectures and other materials through the release of fully captioned, ADA-compliant video lectures.

“This partnership extends UC Irvine’s commitment to open education and its worldwide impact, with a focus on the needs of students in the California public education system,” said Gary W. Matkin, UC Irvine dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and Summer Session. “It advances our goal of a world where high quality education is available to all for free.”

(Next page: Why California believes collaboration is the future; details of the partnership)


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