Course Materials and Resources


Most Smith School professors utilize Canvas (also known as ELMS-Canvas); through Canvas students can:

  • Receive class announcements and assignments
  • Submit coursework
  • View course syllabi
  • Communicate with professors and classmates

Canvas is available at Students can log into Canvas with their Directory ID and password. Canvas help can be obtained through the University of Maryland Division of Information Technology at 301-405-1500 or or by emailing It is highly encouraged that students bookmark the Canvas website.


Testudo is not only the name of the University of Maryland mascot, but it is also the website ( for many administrative tasks performed throughout the University. Testudo is part of the Office of the Registrar’s website where students can:

  • Register for classes
  • Check Schedule of Classes and course information
  • Order official transcripts
  • Access unofficial transcripts
  • Apply for graduation and check diploma status
  • Register to vote in the state of Maryland
  • Access Student Financial Services
  • Access Financial Aid


Blended Learning

A blended learning course is one where part, but not all, of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. Blended learning courses provide more flexibility in when and where student's learn than a traditional course. In return, students are required to take a more active, participatory role in the learning process. Students can do this by engaging and collaborating with other students and the instructor on a regular basis both in the classroom and online.

The best time to order books and course packs is a few weeks before classes begin. Most textbook assignments are not posted until August, so please do not worry if you have a course that is listed without a textbook. 

Students can check for assigned textbooks and materials by accessing course syallbi on Canvas. Syllabi should be published on Canvas no later than 2 weeks prior to the first day of class and will list any required course materials. 

University of Maryland option for purchasing textbooks:

University Book Center
Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 314-BOOK (2665)

Course Pack (HBSP)
Course packs are supplemental materials not published in book form and may include: case studies, news articles and additional readings. Typically course packs are available through Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP). Instructions on how to purchase a course pack will be provided in the course syllabus.

Seven week courses that meet in the second half of the semester will likely not post syllabi and textbook/course packet information until closer to the class start date. You are also welcome to compare prices through other internet book sellers, but be careful that you are getting the correct book (and edition). Using the ISBN# is highly recommended for this purpose.