M.O.S.T. 2021 State Summit

Call for Session Proposals
2021 M.O.S.T. State Summit: Using OER to Advance Equity and Inclusion
April 8-9, 2021

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative is now accepting session proposals for the 2021 M.O.S.T. State Summit, which will take place virtually April 8-9, 2021. The theme of the 2021 conference is Using OER to Advance Equity and Inclusion. The COVID-19 pandemic and continuing patterns of racialized violence have brought to the forefront inequities in educational access, preparation, and experiences on our campuses. How might the use of open educational resources (OER) advance equity and inclusion at our postsecondary institutions and statewide?

This call invites proposals for short concurrent presentations, birds of a feather sessions, and panel discussions related to this theme. We are especially interested in proposals that:

  • Demonstrate how institutions, units, and groups have been reflective about their use of OER and how they are exploring the contours of equity and inclusion in relation to OER;
  • Share strategies to modify, remix, and curate additional resources to diversify and extend the cultural relevance of OER materials;
  • Describe concrete strategies for reducing and eliminating barriers to engaging with OER for faculty, students, and/or staff;
  • Showcase faculty and student work with open education in Maryland, and highlight resources created and adapted by Maryland faculty and staff; and
  • Examine the relationship between OER, pedagogical innovation, and student success.

There are three main session types. The lightning talks, panels, and birds of a feather sessions will be moderated, and we ask applicants to stay within the planned time allowances. The session types are:

  • “Lightning” talks: 10-minute talk + 5-minute Q&A, clustered by theme or topic. Propose one talk and we’ll match you with others or propose a set of three related 10-minute talks.
  • Panels: 45-minute panels with 3-4 panelists speaking about a particular topic, issue, or program. We encourage panels that include individuals representing different roles at your institution. Panelists are asked to leave at least 5 minutes for Q&A at the end of the session.
  • “Birds of a Feather” sessions: 45-minute sessions targeted for specific audiences, such as STEM faculty, librarians, or instructional designers.

As you plan, feel free to reach out to conference hosts at if you have questions about the Call for Proposals or the technology tools that you might wish to employ in your proposed session(s). Please include the following information in your session proposal: Lead presenter contact information, additional presenter contact information, session format, session title, and short description and participant learning outcomes (no more than 500 characters). Please note, proposals will only be accepted from Maryland postsecondary institutions. 

The submission deadline is February 5, 2021, with notifications sent out by February 19, 2021.

Submit your proposal online: 


Virtual Conference


April 8, 2021 - April 9, 2021


More information coming soon.