Initiatives: Open Educational Resources

Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative

Open educational resources (OERs) are any openly licensed instructional materials that are also typically available at little or no cost. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for instructional purposes.

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative began in 2013 to provide a statewide opportunity for faculty and institutions to explore the promise of OERs to reduce students' cost of attendance while maintaining, or perhaps even improving, learning outcomes.  The M.O.S.T. initiative launched the High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program in 2017 to enhance the Kirwan Center's OER efforts by targeting high-enrollment courses with existing quality OER at 2- and 4-year Maryland public higher education institutions.

The M.O.S.T. initiative has saved students over $3.4 million in textbook costs since Spring 2014.

Our Work in Open Educational Resources

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September 28, 2015

The University LibrariesTeaching and Learning Transformation Center, and Student Government Association at the University of Maryland, College Park have published a new website for faculty and students about OER at UMD. The site provides an overview of OER, resources for students and faculty, and a great article on the top five myths about OER. Check it out at

August 27, 2015

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has completed a process to match all course learning outcomes and competencies with open educational resources for undergraduates.