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The NJIT Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Program began in 2017 with the goal of encouraging NJIT faculty to redesign their courses using open textbooks, free or low-cost materials, library resources, or open educational resources (OER) in place of commercial texts to increase course material affordability for NJIT students. To date, the OAT initiative has brought an estimated savings of $661,000 to 6,300 NJIT students.
The goals are to:
Encourage and promote the adoption, adaptation, or creation of open educational resources
Support and engage in new pedagogical models for classroom instruction
Contribute to student success, retention, and graduation by helping to lower textbook costs
Raise awareness of OER within the NJIT community
The OAT Program awards funds to full-time and part-time faculty and instructors who are willing to:
Adopt: replace commercial textbooks with open alternatives that are free or low-cost
Modify: replace commercial textbooks with articles, book chapters or media content that are open access or free and low-cost resources, or licensed through NJIT University Library
Create: replace a commercial textbook with one that they will design, author, and provide for free or low-cost to students
Application for the next academic year will be opened soon. Please check this page often for updates.
Open Pathways to Student Success: Exploring Open and Affordable Textbooks Adoption at NJIT
The presentation will explore open educational resources (OER) and affordable textbooks adoption programs, potential implications of having primary instructional materials available to students at no or very low cost and potential partnerships and future directions. The session will also look for feedback as well as the framework necessary for assessing the impact of the OER and affordable textbook initiative.