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Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative Launches Tool to Advance Adoption of Open Educational Resources

University of Maryland – “The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative–a priority project for the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation and state higher education partners-has launched M.O.S.T. Commons (, a collaborative, online space designed to support faculty and staff in adopting, creating, and sharing open educational resources (OER). M.O.S.T. Commons serves as the foundation for the M.O.S.T. initiative, which is supporting statewide collaboration on affordable, high-quality educational resources that are openly licensed and fully accessible. Open educational resources (OER) are freely available, fully accessible instructional materials that either reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits the use, revision, improvement, and redistribution by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support learning (adapted from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s definition)…”

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