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Open and Affordable Textbook Program: Application & Criteria

Application Form for Individual Instructor and Course Coordinator


Application for the AY 2020 is now open!

  • Call for proposals will close at midnight on October 1, 2019
  • Decisions for awards will be announced on October 15, 2019
  • Funds will be distributed by February 2020 and June 2020
Available Awards:
  • Individual Instructor: seven $1,000 awards for undergraduate course
  • Course Coordinator: one $3,000 award for course coordinator courses
  • Individual Instructor: applicant must be teaching a course with a textbook requirement. One award limit per year for two consecutive years
  • Course Coordinator: applicant must be a coordinator for a course that has a textbook requirement, with at least six sections. Each section will use the redesigned OER course materials.  One award limit every two years

Application Selection Criteria

Individual Instructor and Course Coordinator awards will be given to applicants on the basis of:

  • Quality of open and affordable materials
  • Overall savings to NJIT students
  • Number of students impacted
  • Preparedness for implementation
  • Sustainability of the project to applicable future courses
  • Pedagogical innovation
  • Six or more sections (Course Coordinator Award)
  • Course offering in spring 2020 and fall 2020 (Course Coordinator Award)
  • oat-selection-criteria-rubric 

Requirements for Awardees

Individual Instructor and Course Coordinator awardees will be required to:

  • Meet with designated librarian and instructional designer for content and course design support
  • Provide copies of the original and revised course syllabus annotated to include costs to students and savings achieved
  • Share survey to students at the end of the semester in which OER materials were used
  • Provide a comparative measure of learning outcomes prior to and following the adoption of OER

All awardees will need to submit a narrative in the form of a final report detailing challenges and accomplishments using OER, including impact to teaching, student performance and lessons learned

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