M.O.S.T. Regional OER Forum: Central Maryland

Are you new to open educational resources and interested in learning how to adopt or scale OER in your course or across your institution? Register to join the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative at the M.O.S.T. Regional OER Forum: Central Maryland to participate in interactive sessions, discussions, and hands-on workshops on OER in higher education. This day-long regional forum is targeted to 2- and 4-year higher education faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and administrators interested in getting an introduction to openly licensed materials, finding resources to support OER adoption, and joining discussions on OER accessibility, quality, and impact on student success.

To register for the Central Maryland Regional OER Forum, click on the "Registration" tab.

Many thanks to the Faculty Academic Center of Excellence at Towson University for co-sponsoring this event. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at most@usmd.edu.


Towson University - West Village Commons
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252


Friday, September 20, 2019
9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.




The hotel room block is currently closed. Please contact most@usmd.edu for additional support.

Program Overview

REGISTRATION AND POSTER SHOWCASE (with light breakfast) | 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 

Learn from the 2018 M.O.S.T. mini-grantees in addition to colleagues across two- and four-year Maryland public higher education institutions who have successfully adopted, adapted, created, and advanced OER at their institutions.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS | 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | West Village Commons Ballroom A and B


PLENARY ADDRESS | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

MJ Bishop, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

What is the potential for open educational resources and open education to transform higher education for students, faculty, and institutions?  The plenary speaker will review the fundamentals of what constitutes OER, highlight its advantages for faculty and students, and set the stage for thinking about OER and open education as tools to increase access, affordability, and achievement.   

Resource: Improving Access, Affordability, and Achievement with OER

CONCURRENT SESSION BLOCK 1 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Finding High-Quality OER

Learn how to look for openly licensed, fully accessible instructional material and evaluate their quality. 


Adopting and Adapting High-Quality OER

Learn how to identify and address gaps in existing OER content and customize content to best meet your teaching objectives and your students’ learning goals.

Resource: Adopting and Adapting High Quality OER

Open Licensing

Gain an understanding about copyright, the public domain, and open licensing. Learn how to use Creative Commons licenses to allow users to share and adapt your learning materials.

Resource: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

OER Accessibility

Learn what "fully accessible OER" means, how this impacts OER adoption, and how to successfully meet accessibility standards.

Resource: OER Accessibility

Teaching with OER

Learn from expert faculty and intstructional designers on how learning analytics can be combined with the 5Rs of OER to continuously improve course content.

Resource: Teaching with OER

Implementing, Scaling, and Sustaining OER

Learn how institutions in Maryland have begun to scale OER, and build the capacity to sustain their initiatives.


LUNCH | 12:15 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.


CONCURRENT SESSION BLOCK 2 | 12:50 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

We will be repeating the same concurrent sessions for Concurrent Session Block 1.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS | 2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Discuss OER implementation, scaling, successes and challenges, and how M.O.S.T. can support your work with colleagues from across the state.



After a day of learning about the evolving landscape of OER, the closing session will allow attendees  the opportunity to move the conversation to next steps. Where are we along the continuum of OER adoption? What kinds of support will we need to move forward?



The deadline to register for the M.O.S.T. Regional OER Forum: Central Maryland is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019.  To register, please complete the form below.

If you have any questions, please contact us at most@usmd.edu.


The hotel room block is currently closed. Please contact us at most.usmd.edu for additional support.