Course Materials and Resources

A very important online development tool used by professors at the Smith School is Canvas. Through Canvas you have the ability to: 

  • Receive class announcements
  • Obtain class assignments
  • Submit coursework
  • Communicate with professors and classmates
  • View course syllabi (contingent on the professor posting course information)
  • Textbook assignments are also listed on Testudo, however, if a professor uses a course pack or any other special materials, these will only be listed on the syllabus via Canvas. The log-in for Canvas is your Directory ID and password.

The Canvas website is If you experience difficulties with Canvas, please contact the Office of Information Technology at 301-405-1400 or contact the Smith IT Office at It is highly encouraged that you bookmark this 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 whereby you can accomplish the following:

  • Register for classes
  • Check Schedule of Classes and course information
  • Review and pay bills
  • Check Financial Aid status
  • Apply for graduation
  • Order official transcripts
  • Access unofficial transcripts
  • Verify residency classification
  • Change your address
  • Register to vote in the state of Maryland
  • Apply for a College Park parking permit


Online Course Technical Specifications

For Part-Time MBA online electives, students and faculty use the Adobe Connect platform. To ensure that their system is up to date, students should review the Adobe Connect Technical Specifications prior to the start of class. Students may run a system check on their device by visiting the Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test.


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 by accessing the Testudo website. Click Schedule of Classes, Fall 2014 Course Listings, click on the course, then show sections. Lastly, click on the books icon on the far right. If books are not listed, you may need to check back later. If you are ordering on-line through the bookstore please be sure to have a copy of your class schedule available, so that you purchase the books for the correct course number and section for each of your classes. If you are ordering on-line through another vendor (i.e. Amazon or eBay) it is recommended that you know the ISBN for each book so that the correct edition of that particular book is ordered.

Below are two suggested places to purchase textbooks:

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

Maryland Book Exchange
4350 Knox Road
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 927-2510
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.