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 is open to all 2- and 4-year public higher education institutions in the state and  focuses on improving the affordability of education by significantly lowering 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 (M.O.S.T.) initiative has saved students over $1.6 million in textbook costs since Spring 2014.

Our Work in Open Educational Resources

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October 12, 2017

Are you passionate about the use of OER and interested in engaging others in adopting OER by sharing your experiences – both what has worked and what hasn’t? Have you created new open content within your field or discipline? Do you have OER content adoption strategies to share? Have you seen significant savings with respect to student course costs? Has the use of OER led to broader redesigns of courses? Greater student engagement or student learning?

August 1, 2017

In Spring 2017, the University System of Maryland's William E. Kirwan Center launched the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) 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