December 8, 2017

Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative Logo

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative, led by the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, is seeking proposals for its 2018 High-impact OER Mini-Grant program to strategically support Maryland public institutions’ efforts to adopt Open Educational Resources (OERs) as a means to greatly reduce textbook costs and address college affordability for students.  Building on the prior success of the M.O.S.T. initiative and the first round of mini-grants, this funding program will target OER adoption in “high impact,” high enrollment courses for which high-quality OER already exists.  In addition to supporting adoption of OER by individual faculty, the program will also support the scaling of OER adoption within institutions across multiple course sections.

Two types of mini-grants will be awarded: 1) Adopt/Adapt OER ($500 - $1,500) and 2) Scaling OER ($1,500 - $2,500).  Grants will be distributed by the end of FY17-18 for Spring 2018 project planning and development and Fall 2018 OER implementation.  Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 2, 2018.  Please note: The Mini-Grant program is for Maryland public higher education institutions only.

November 15, 2017

The Kirwan Center is seeking institutional partners from across Maryland to participate in a Kresge Foundation funded project starting in Spring 2018 that will pilot the efficacy and feasibility of replacing the high-stakes mathematics placement exam process currently in use with a process that empowers students to assess and remediate their mathematics knowledge using adaptive learning tools instead. Our hypothesis is that these adaptive tools will deliver just-in-time skills remediation while also providing better diagnostics that will be a more reliable measure of students’ knowledge, thus enabling more accurate mathematics course placements that will increase persistence and lower costs.

If your institution is interested in participating in the 2018-19 pilot, please submit to by Wednesday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm a 2-3-page overview outlining the intended use case that your institution would like to pilot.

Your overview should include:

  • A description of your current mathematics placement process and cut scores.
  • Which adaptive learning tool you intend to pilot (NROC EdReady or ALEKS)?
  • Which use case you intend to pilot?
  • The projected number of students you plan to engage in the project.
  • Plans for outreach and engagement to ensure student participation.
  • A timeline for implementation of the selected use case at your institution.
  • Project team names, role on project, and contact information (please indicate a project lead, at least one mathematics faculty member, and a research/data liaison to work with UMUC CILSS study team).
  • Any additional information that will help us to understand your institutional context.

Click here to download a PDF with more information.

October 13, 2017

Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative

Advancing Postsecondary Student Success Through OER: A Statewide Summit on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education is a day-long summit that will be held on Dec. 8, 2017 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20783) to bring together faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and administrators from across Maryland’s higher education institutions to explore the promise of using open educational resources (OER) to replace costly textbooks with affordable, high-quality learning materials while giving instructors the opportunity to repurpose content to meet their students’ needs. The Summit is open to all 2- and 4-year Maryland higher education institutions and welcomes attendees at all levels of OER experience.

The event will feature a keynote address by Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, and David Wiley, Co-founder & Chief Academic Officer at Lumen Learning, on the changing landscape of OER.

The deadline to register for the Summit has passed.