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OEB speaker Larry Cooperman

Larry Cooperman

Associate Dean for Open Education, University of California, Irvine, USA

Larry Cooperman, M.A.Ed., is the Associate Dean for Open Education at the University of California, Irvine. He is a former president of the Open Education Consortium, which comprises 300 universities, colleges, educational institutions and associated organizations. Since 2011, he has served on the board of directors of the African Virtual University, whose degree tracks in secondary math and science education and computer science are delivered in partnership with 35 universities across Africa. In partnership with the Chemistry Department at UCI, Cooperman developed the OpenChem project. Today, this project is working in collaboration with the three public university systems in California to make OpenChem available to students and faculty throughout the state and the world.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences on the future of higher education and distance and open education, including invited talks at TedX Medellin (2011), SXSW.EDU (2012), the Brazilian Association for Distance Education (ABED) (2013),  the Asahi Shinbum conference of the future of higher education (2014), and at two European MOOC conferences (HOME 2014, EMMA/JTEL 2015). His most recent article, “Massive, online, open communities: Toward building an informal, peer-learning sector in Sub-Saharan Africa,” appears in the conference proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University.