"We want to dramatically expand the role that open educational resources play in improving the quality of both teaching and learning," said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. "Open Educational Resources, or what we call OER for short, can not only accelerate and enrich learning; they can also substantially reduce costs for schools, families and students."
Nationally Ranked Chemistry Courses Now Available World-Wide
Three of the graduate programs of the UCI Department of Chemistry have been ranked in the Top 20 programs by US News & World Report, including Organic Chemistry (11th), Physical Chemistry (12th) and Theoretical Chemistry (18th). Through a high commitment to excellence in research and instruction, faculty members have won numerous accolades and awards. The chemistry faculty includes a former Nobel laureate, four members of the National Academy of Sciences, three fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and sixteen Sloan Research Fellows. The research programs of the department range from investigating the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere to visualizing individual molecules.
"UCI's department of chemistry is one of the nation's largest producers of graduates with B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. The UCI Chemistry Department is less than 50 years old and has already risen to the top 10 percentile of major research universities," said Kenneth C. Janda, Ph.D., dean of Physical Sciences. "OpenChem is a significant milestone for UC Irvine as we're providing an in-depth study of chemistry to students outside of our university, giving them the opportunity to study as if they were a UCI student. Our video lectures are delivered by the most respected professors and researchers in the field of chemistry."
UCI OpenChem provides complete, high quality video lectures for all required courses and many electives. With the exception of the laboratory courses that are mandatory for UCI students and research with UCI's world-class faculty that many students opt to do, the project is based on the on-campus sample degree path for Chemistry majors. The video lectures and more information about UC Irvine's OpenCourseWare initiative may be found at http://ocw.uci.edu/. For more information on the importance of UCI OpenChem from the perspective of faculty and leading chemistry researchers and professors, click here.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE: Founded in 1965, UC Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County's largest employer, UC Irvine contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UC Irvine news, visit www.today.uci.edu.
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