WHAT IS M.O.S.T.?

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative supports long-term, statewide scaling and sustainability of open educational resources (OER) to increase access, affordability, and achievement for Maryland higher education students.

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WHY OER?

Learn how openly licensed, fully accessible materials can help us increase affordability, access, and achievement for learners.

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THE M.O.S.T. IMPACT


A Sparkler in the Darkness

159

From Spring 2014 – Fall 2018, 159 courses at 24 institutions across Maryland switched to OER.

65,000

Since Spring 2014, M.O.S.T. has impacted over 65,000 students.

$10.4M

M.O.S.T. has saved students $10.4 million in cumulative textbook costs.

$143

Students impacted by M.O.S.T. saved an average of $143 per course.

THE M.O.S.T. IMPACT


A Sparkler in the Darkness

159

From Spring 2014 – Fall 2018, 159 courses at 24 institutions across Maryland switched to OER.

65,000

Since Spring 2014, M.O.S.T. has impacted over 65,000 students.

$10.4M

M.O.S.T. has saved students $10.4 million in cumulative textbook costs.

$143

Students impacted by M.O.S.T. saved an average of $143 per course.

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FAQs

  • What are open educational resources (OER)?

    Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as instructional materials that are fully accessible and reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge (adapted from the Hewlett Foundation definition of OER).

  • How do OER help educators and students?

    OER give educators the ability to adapt instructional resources to the individual needs of their students, to ensure that resources are up-to-date, and to ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality standards-aligned resources. OER are already being used across America in K-12, higher education, workforce training, informal learning, and more.

  • What is the difference between “free” and “open” resources?

    OER are and always will be free, but not all free resources are openly licensed. Free resources may be temporarily free or may be restricted from use at some time in the future (including by the addition of fees to access those resources). Moreover, free-but-not-open resources may not be modified, adapted, or redistributed without obtaining special permission from the copyright holder.

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