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Open and Affordable Textbook Program: AY 2021-2022 OAT Application


Spring 2022 - View and apply for an AY 2022 OAT Award!

Spring 2022: Application for Individual Instructor and Course Coordinator

Please consider submitting an OAT proposal. All applications will be scored based on a rubric defined by the OAT team. 


  • Proposals will be accepted on a "rolling basis" for those with a commitment to implement the redesigned course curriculum at the start of spring 2022
  • The call for proposals will close at midnight on Friday, October 14, 2021.
  • Awards will be announced by Friday, October 29, 2021.
  • Awards will be distributed in May 2022.
Available Awards:
  • Individual Instructor Awards: four $1,000 awards for undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Course Coordinator Awards: four $3,000 award for courses managed by course coordinators
  • Individual Instructor Award: applicant must be teaching a course with a textbook requirement. One award limit per year for two consecutive years.
  • Course Coordinator Award: applicant must be a coordinator for a course that has a textbook requirement, with at least six sections using the same redesigned syllabus. Each section will use the same redesigned OER course materials.  One award limit every two years

Application Details Requirements:

  • Submitter and basic contact information
  • Course number and title (if multiple, list all)
  • Sections offered per semester
  • Planned implementation semester
  • Current textbook use in the curriculum and cost
  • Proposed open textbook or affordable materials (full citation)
  • Provide copies of the original and revised course syllabus
  • What do you hope to achieve with this award? How will you assess the impact on student learning? What challenges do you anticipate? How do you plan to overcome these challenges? 
  • What library or other support will you require?

Application Selection Criteria

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

  • Quality of open and affordable materials
  • Pedagogical innovation
  • Preparedness for implementation
  • Overall savings to NJIT students
  • Number of students impacted
  • Sustainability of the project to applicable future courses
  • Six or more sections (Course Coordinator Award

View the Award Selection Rubric

Requirements for Awardees

Individual Instructor and Course Coordinator awardees will be required to submit a narrative in the form of a final report detailing challenges and accomplishment including the below items:

  • Provide a copy of the original and revised syllabus that demonstrates cost savings
  • Consult with a designated librarian and instructional designer for content and course design support, licensing and copyright issues, technology, pedagogical, and research assistance
  • Schedule and attend the monthly check-in Webex meeting 
  • Use the redesigned OAT course syllabus in future semesters
  • Submit a final report summarizing the challenges and accomplishments experienced by adopting OER materials, impact on your teaching, impact on student performance, and any lessons learned
  • Share survey (provided by the OAT team) with students toward the end of each semester in which OER materials are used
  • Provide a comparative measure of learning outcomes prior to and following the adoption of OER
  • Participate in outreach and dissemination about OER work through this project

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have questions about the application process. 

Ann Hoang,, 973-596-5798

Ask A Librarian,, 973-596-3210

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Spring 2022 - View and apply for an AY 2022 OAT Award!

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