The Open and Affordable Textbooks Program is an incentive program that awards research funds to Rutgers faculty who make their courses more affordable for their students by using low-cost materials, library content, or open educational resources (OER). To date, the program has brought an estimated savings of over $3.5 million to students at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Our goal is to support course material affordability at Rutgers, promote the use of open and affordable educational resources, and empower faculty to innovate their teaching through the use of open, free, or library-licensed materials and teaching aids.
The application period for the Spring 2020 awards is closed. The next round of applications is anticipated to open in January 2021.
The OAT Program awards research funds to full- and part-time faculty who are willing to:
- Adopt: Replace a traditional textbook with a free, low-cost, or open alternative
- Innovate: Replace a traditional textbook with articles, book excerpts, audio, or video that are licensed through Rutgers University Libraries, open access, or freely available online
- Create: Replace a traditional, high-cost textbook with one that they will design, author, and provide for free or at low cost to students
- Enrich: Augment a course that currently uses open and affordable materials through the addition of significant supplementary learning and/or instruction materials.
The OAT Program is available to full- and part-time faculty/instructors and curriculum developers at Rutgers.
Students should visit our website to learn more about textbook affordability at Rutgers and how they can take action to keep their costs down.