Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Project at NJIT

NJIT’s Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) project 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, has launched this project to increase course affordability using low-cost open educational resources.  

With financial support provided by the Office of the Provost and the Institute for Teaching Excellence, the project will provide awards to encourage faculty to redesign their course curriculums with high quality OER content.

NJIT’s OAT Project:

  • Encourage faculty and instructional staff to redesign courses 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.

Academic Year 2018-2019 Application and Criteria

Academic Year 2018-2019 Grant application is closed.

A total of nine awards of $11,000 will be provided for academic year 2018-2019.  The funds will be distributed as additional compensation or in the form of a budget transfer to the department for use by the faculty.


  • Call for proposals will begin on February 26, 2018 and end on April 30, 2018 at midnight.
  • Decisions for awards will be announced on May 31, 2018.
  • Funds will be distributed in Octocber 31, 2018 or March 31 2019.

Funding Category

One (1) award of $3,000 for a course coordinator:

  • Six or more sections offered during academic year 2019 and must be offered in the fall 2018 and spring 2019.
  • OER content must be shared across all sections and curated by the course coordinator.
  • Decision will be made based upon the cost savings calculated by the number of students impacted.

Six (6) awards of $1,000 for undergraduate courses.

Two (2) awards of $1,000 for graduate courses.

Selection Criteria

Grants will be awarded to proposals on the basis of:

  • Quality of the 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.
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Application for the AY 2018-2019 grants is closed.

Faculty Support

Support will be provided by the NJIT University Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning. The Subject-Specialist Librarians and Instructional Designers will be available to help identify and vet quality OER materials.

View Open Educational Resources ResearchGuides for information on how to identify open textbooks and other materials.

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Grantees will be required to:

  • Meet with the Library and Office of Digital Learning to answer questions, discuss open licensing and copyright, and outline the technological, pedagogical, and research support available.
  • Provide a copy of the original and revised syllabus for the class annotated to include costs to students and the savings achieved.
  • Submit a final report that includes a narrative summarizing the challenges and accomplishments of your experience creating/finding/using the OER materials, the impact on your teaching, the impact on students and their performance, and any lessons learned.
  • Share a survey with all of your students at the end of the first semester in which OER materials are used.
  • Provide a comparative measure of learning outcomes prior to and following adoption of the open resource(s).  For example, mid-term exam scores, or an assignment or final grade, or a comparison of relevant student activity logs in Moodle could provide such data.  (Individual student names should not be shared.)

Awardees and Projects