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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February 3, 2017

In collaboration with the University System of Maryland Student Council, the USM’s Center for Academic Innovation is exploring the feasibility of adopting open source textbooks.

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.