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Open Educational Resources: Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative

Now in its second cycle, the Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Initiative has generated a total savings of over $446,000 for students in courses that utilized open educational resources or free library materials. The University Libraries, in partnership with the Office of Digital Learning, and with support from the Institute for Teaching Excellence, and the Office of the Provost, launched this initiative during spring 2017 semester to support our efforts.

The Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative aims to:

  • Encourage the development of alternatives to high-cost textbooks by supporting the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources.
  • Provide support for implementing these approaches and engaging new pedagogical models for classroom instruction.
  • Contribute to student success, retention, and graduation by helping to lower the cost of college.
  • Raise awareness of OER within the NJIT community.
  • Generate and share “success stories” about the cost-savings for students.

Since spring 2017...

  • The OAT Initiative has generated a total savings of $445,917 and impacted 4,283 students.


The NJIT OAT Initiative realized a total cost savings and impact for academic year 2018-2019:

  • Total projected savings of $271,303 and impacted 2,415 students from coursed redesigned in both AY2018 and AY2019.

AY2018-2019 Awards, Projects and Savings:

  • Total savings of $153,779
  • Total number of students impacted - 882
  • Total number of course curriculum redesigned - 6
  • Total number of faculty participated - 6
  • Colleges represented - 2 (NCE), 3 (CSLA), 1 (MTSoM)
  • Total grant awarded - $11,000

List of Awardees and Projects completed during AY 2018-2019.

OAT Course Syllabi

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