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Open Educational Resources: Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative

About the OAT Initiative

The Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) initiative aims to reduce the cost of textbooks for NJIT students through the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). The University Libraries, in partnership with the Office of Digital Learning, launched this initiative during spring 2017 semester to increase course affordability by helping faculty to adopt free and low-cost open educational resources.

Goals of the Initiative:

  • Encourage faculty and instructional staff to redesign course curriculum with free or low-cost options in order to increase affordability for students.
  • Provide support to faculty and instructional staff for implementing these approaches and engaging new pedagogical models for classroom instruction.
  • Lower the costs for students in order to contribute to their success, retention, and graduation.
  • Raise awareness of OER within the NJIT community.
  • Generate and share “success stories” about the cost-savings for students.

Open and Affordable Textbook Project


To encourage more high-impact courses, the Open and Affordable Textbook project team awarded the following eight (8) grants that resulted in a projected cost savings of $239,150 for academic year 2018-2019.

  • Two (2) awards of $3,00 to two course coordinators,
  • Three (3) awards of $1,000 to three undergraduate courses,
  • Three (3) awards of $1,000 to three graduate courses.

Accepted Course Coordinator Applications

  1. Megan O'Neill, College of Science and Liberal Arts | Course: HUM 100, 101, 102: Writing, Speaking and Thinking 1 and 2 | Number of Sections: 80+ | Estimated Savings: $80,000
  2. Kenneth Horwitz, College of Science and Liberal Arts | Course: MATH 107: University Math | Number of Sections: 7+ | Estimated Savings: $53,000

Accepted Undergraduate Course Applications

  1. Padma Natarajan, College of Science and Liberal Arts | Course: MATH 105: Elementary Probability and Statistics | Number of Sections: 1 | Estimated Savings: $7,140
  2. Simone Marras, Newark College of Engineering | Course: ME 304: Fluid Mechanics | Number of Sections: 3 | Estimated Savings: $18,600
  3. Melodi Guilbault and Ellen Thomas, Martin Tuchman School of Management | Course: MRKT 330: Principles of Marketing | Number of Sections: 6 | Estimated Savings: $45,000

Accepted Graduate Course Applications

  1. Siva Nadimpalli, Newark College of Engineering | Course: ME 620: Stress Methods in Mechanical Design | Number of Sections: 1 | Estimated Savings: $3,810
  2. Junmin Shi, Martin Tuchman School of Management | Course: FIN 610: Data Drive Financial Models | Number of Sections: 2 | Estimated Savings: $19,600
  3. Paul Schorr, Newark College of Engineering | Course: ENE 664, CE 320, ENE 262: Physical and Chemical Treatment, Fluid Mechanics, Introduction to Environmental Engineering | Number of Sections: 3 | Estimated Savings: $12,000
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