Initiatives: Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OERs) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others" (Atkins, Brown, & Hammond, 2007). OER initiatives within the USM focus on improving the affordability of education by eliminating textbook costs while, at the same time, improving student success by giving them access to high-quality, multimedia materials for study.

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) initiative has saved students over $1 million in textbook costs since Spring 2014.

Our Work in Open Educational Resources

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August 1, 2017

In Spring 2017, the University System of Maryland's William E. Kirwan Center launched the Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) initiative High-impact OER Mini-Grant program to target high-enrollment general education courses with existing high-quality OER.  In Fall 2017, the Mini-Grant program has the potential to impact over 8,000 students in two- and four-year Maryland public higher education institutions with over $1.3 million in textbook savings. To document the development process of the High-impact OER Mini-Grant program, the Kirwan Center has released a guide to support the creation of institutional and system-wide OER mini-grant programs.

March 30, 2017

Twelve Maryland Public Higher Education Institutions Receive Mini-Grants to Increase the Use of Open Educational Resources

February 6, 2017

Call for Proposals for the MOST Initiative High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) initiative, led by the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, is seeking proposals for a new 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 MOST initiative, this new 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.