Open and Affordable Textbooks

Previous Recipients and Projects

Previous Recipients and Projects

2017–2018

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences | Projected Savings: $16,104.00

Uchechi Azubuine, Instructor School/Department: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resident Rotation The goals of the project are to use the free application Kahoot! to build a question bank that effectively conveys important pediatric board exam topics and information to pediatric residents, with the end goal of improving the average in-training exam (ITE) score in the emergency medicine section of the exam. Implementing usage of the Kahoot! application will allow pediatric residents to have access to board style questions in preparation for this exam with the goal of increasing ITE exam results and ultimately passing the general pediatric board exam. Taught: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 100 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $9,504.00

John Nosher, Clinical Professor, Chair School/Department: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Radiology Elective in Interventional Radiology and Elective in Diagnostic Radiology Traditional textbooks for interventional radiology are out of date the day they are published due to rapid advances in technology. The goal of this project is to develop content on a platform that easily accommodates editing so that instruction can keep pace with the field. The plan is to start with 20 to 30 chapters. Taught: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 60 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $6,600.00


Rutgers University–Camden & Rutgers University-New Brunswick | Projected Savings: $87,500.00

DuWayne Battle, Assistant Professor School/Department: School of Social Work, Introduction to Social Work and Social Services This project will offer journal articles, library e-reserves, and social media content for a completely online course, enabling more relevant and timely discussions about the state of social work. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 250 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $37,500.00

Sara Plummer, Assistant Professor School/Department: School of Social Work, Groups at Risk This course is taught in-person and online. This project will replace the current texts for the in-person course with journal articles, library e-resources, and social media content; and it will offer journal articles, library e-reserves and social media content for a completely online course. This approach will allow the course to accommodate the timeliness of the topics discussed by using current and updated material that a traditional text cannot capture Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2019 200 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $50,000.00


Rutgers University–Camden | Projected Savings: $143,415.00

Ji-young An, Assistant Professor School/Department: Camden School of Nursing, Health Informatics This project is for a new course. Journal articles, newspaper articles, other library resources, and various online resources will be used to replace traditional course materials. The award will be used to develop free and low-cost course materials, including online modules and activities on Canvas. Taught: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 120 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $19,560.00

Selim Cakmakli, Visiting Professor School/Department: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics Microeconomic Principles and Macroeconomic Principles This project will develop open lecture notes and write all teaching materials, including the main text, case examples, summary, test-yourself and discussion questions. Case examples will be drawn from publicly available news, reports, and current studies about microeconomic/macroeconomic issues. These lecture notes will be uploaded to the Sakai learning management system where students will have free access to all materials. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018 150 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $13,500.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Kate Durbin, Digital Studies Fellow & Lecturer School/Department: , Digital Studies Center Underground Lovers: Electronic Literature and Performance This project will develop materials for a new online course in which students will read scholarship about and works from the fields of electronic literature and digital performance art. The award will be used to create reading material that is open source and available either online or through the library’s databases. Taught: Spring 2018 20 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $1,200.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Michael Hayes, Assistant Professor School/Department: Graduate School of Camden, Department of Public Policy and Administration Financial Management for Public Program This project will replace the current textbook with a recently published open-source textbook. In addition, the project will involve the writing of “how to do” documents as supplementary material. Taught: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2019 60 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $8,280.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Haydee Herrera-Guzman, Associate Professor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics Mathematics Reasoning and Proofs This project will replace a traditional textbook with a free online textbook, as well as other resources that are comparable to the textbooks usually studied in this kind of more advanced mathematics courses. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 75 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $2,250.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Kimberlee Moran, Associate Professor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry Forensic Science Methods & Techniques This project will replace the current textbook and scanned articles with a comprehensive digital class manual containing library e-resources, self-developed materials, websites, and instructional videos. Assigned readings on the topic of the week are a vital component of the course; and this project will also produce the necessary readings, free to students, and utilizing multiple media platforms. Of particular interest is to develop short (2–3 minute), modular videos that demonstrate a particular method or concept. Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2019 80 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $18,550.00

Dana Pilla, Assistant Professor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of World Languages and Cultures Spanish for the Health Professions This project will replace the current online interactive textbook and workbook with Spanish language materials, an inexpensive ebook, and online interactive activities created by the professor. The affordable materials for this course will be curated from Rutgers University Libraries databases available in Spanish; Camden County Library databases available in Spanish; an inexpensive Medical Spanish ebook published by McGraw Hill; and YouTube videos in Spanish from reputable medical resources, such as Red Cross and CDC. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 150 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $36,450.00 

Jeffrey Podoshen, Part-time Lecturer School/Department: Rutgers School of Business, Camden, Digital Marketing Strategy This is new course being offered for the first time in the Focused Learning Modules sequence for the MBA program. OER materials will be used as the primary textbooks and the chief "lab" and project-oriented assignments. The course will also use current academic articles available to students as full-text documents in Business Source Premier via Rutgers University Libraries. Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2019 70 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $21,070.00

Nancy Pontes, Assistant Professor School/Department: Camden School of Nursing, Community Health Nursing/Global Health (THEORY) Population health and global health information frequently changes and updates, so textbooks quickly go out of date. This project will provide the most up-to-date information by replacing the traditional textbook with original materials that are available in digital format online or as PDFs. The learning management system will be used to increase access to materials and to digital formats that increase interactive learning. Taught: Spring 2019 40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $3,200.00

Cyril Reade, Associate Professor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Fine Arts LGBTQ and Popular Culture This course uses movies, popular music, graphic novels, photography, painting, poetry, novels as well as television to survey LGBTQ representation. Materials for this class will be provided online free for students. Taught: Fall 2019 20 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $2,400.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Jillian Sayre, Assistant Professor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English American Horror Story This course is being revised to broaden its impact on campus. The course content will be redesigned in favor of shorter and more accessible texts, paired with secondary resources. The course will also make use of the streaming services available through Rutgers University Libraries in order to limit the need for students to purchase copies of films and television shows. Taught: Fall 2018 25 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $1,975.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Shauna Shames, Assistant Professor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science Introduction to Politics This project will restructure a foundational political science course to use open source, library, and other OER materials. The course will be redesigned with an "original materials" approach, using materials as much as possible that are already in the public domain (for example, the original writings of the U.S. Constitution Framers, other older writings, or the constitutions of various modern countries) and low-cost materials accessible through Rutgers University Libraries, such as journal articles. Taught: Summer 2018, Spring 2019 20 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $3,320.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden

Cameron Whitley, Program Coordinator School/Department: , New Student Office Introduction to LGBTQ Studies The goal of this project is to transition the course from a traditional textbook-based experience to a course that uses free sources from Rutgers University Libraries that are 100% accessible to all students. Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2019 60 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $7,620.00

Emily Wood, Instructor School/Department: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology Special Topics in Psychology, Psychology of Religion This project will use open source material and journal articles to replace the need for a textbook in this class. The entire class reading material will be made up of OER and journal articles from journals to which Rutgers University Libraries already subscribe. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018 40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $4,040.00 **Funded by Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden


Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Projected Savings: $259,455.00

Francis Barchi, Assistant Professor School/Department: Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Dean's Office Global Public Health In Spring 2018, this course will have a new instructor and will serve as a pilot for the development of a standing course curriculum to be used in future years. This project will use Rutgers University Libraries support to maximize how open educational resources will be used in this course commencing with the Spring 2019 offering. Taught: Spring 2019 40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $3,800.00

José Camacho, Professor School/Department: School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Introduction to the Study of Language Open texts are not currently available for introductory linguistics courses taught in Spanish. This project will replace the current textbook with materials that are accessible online. The goal is to use materials that can be adapted for different instructors and modified over time, perhaps enabling other institutions to use these newly created resources. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 100 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $15,525.00

Rebecca Cypess, Associate Professor School/Department: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Department of Music Music History 1 and 2 Dr. Cypess will use this additional support to complete two chapters of a free, open-access, multi-author textbook on music history, curated by "Open Access Musicology" (Daniel Barolsky, Beloit College, editor in chief) and published with the support of a Mellon Grant by Lever Press (a subset of Michigan Publishing and Amherst College Press). Once it is published, the Open Access Musicology Project will make a wide range of scholarly work by experts in each subdiscipline available for use in the undergraduate classroom and beyond. Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2019 70 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $20,230.00

Paul O’Keefe, Teaching Instructor School/Department: School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography Transforming the Global Environment This project will create an alternative to a class textbook by assigning Creative Commons licensed materials and resources available through Rutgers University Libraries. The goal is to seamlessly link the online and in-person versions of this class by providing equivalent quantity and quality of information and better integrating multimedia with reading material and course slides. Taught: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 750 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $70,000.00

Jamie Pietruska, Assistant Professor School/Department: School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History Development of US II This project will replace a conventional American history textbook with a free, online textbook; free, online versions of primary source documents; and digitized archival collections. Taught: Spring 2019 100 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $11,900.00

Charles Ruggieri, Post-Doctoral Associate School/Department: School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy Extended Analytical Physics I and II This course already uses some OER materials, including a free online textbook, College Physics, published by Open Stax, Colorado PhET simulations, PASCO SPARKvue, as well as resources from the Investigative Science Learning Environment projects. This project will use contemporary digital technologies to enhance student learning experiences and to improve student accessibility to and engagement with course content. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 324 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $138,000.00 **Funded by William P. Keane and Rebecca A. Keane


Rutgers University–Newark | Projected Savings: $26,779.00

Patricia Akhimie, Assistant Professor School/Department: Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English Survey of English Literature This project will replace an expensive anthology with free, open access versions of texts available from multiple online resources. Most of the works covered in a literature survey course exist in the public domain and are therefore available through Project Gutenberg and other sites devoted to a single author or single text. Taught: Spring 2019 40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $3,061.00

Sean Mitchell, Associate Professor School/Department: Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology Introduction to Cultural Anthropology This project will replace the two books the course currently uses with the open access textbook Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology, as well as a selection of articles available through Rutgers University Libraries and materials freely available on the internet. Perspectives is the first peer-reviewed open access textbook for introductory cultural anthropology. Each chapter is written by a different anthropologist, and many are leaders in their field. Taught: Spring 2019 60 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $9,456.00

Carolyne White, Professor School/Department: Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Urban Education Social Foundations of Education This project will draw on material from OER Commons to organize readings and videos for the course into an integrated course reader that students can download free of charge. Included in the reader will be additional supplemental materials for each week's topics, as well as narrative introductions to focus student engagement for each week's topics. In addition, the reader will address students’ writing skills with a section of writing-specific material. Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 100 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $14,262.00


2016-2017

Rutgers University–Camden | Projected Savings: $109,108.00

Dr. Daniel Hart, Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
This project will replace the current text with a free online book, as well as self-developed materials.
Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
200 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $38,516.00

Dr. Charlotte Markey, Professor of Psychology, Director of Health Sciences
Psychology and the Health Sciences
This project is for a new course for a newly developed major. Journal articles and other library resources will be used to replace traditional course materials.
Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
200 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $35,880.00

Dr. Jennifer Oberle, Instructor
Microbiology and its Applications Lab
This project will replace the current text with a self-developed manual. This material will be a downloadable resource in the course management system and students will be able to print it.
Taught: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
135 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $18,603.00

Dr. Sarah Allred, Associate Professor
Perception
This project will replace the current text with open materials and modules, as well as library e-resources. Dr. Allred will work closely with librarians from Robeson.
Taught: Fall 2017
30 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $4,439.00

Dr. Catherine Bartch, Part-Time Lecturer
Latin American Politics and Introduction to Political Science
For the Latin American Politics course, which is a new course, this project provides a comparison based on commonly used texts. In both courses, Dr. Bartch will replace the traditional text with a combination of web and library resources.
Taught: Spring 2017
40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $4,399.00

Dr. J. T. Barbarese, Associate Professor
The Romantic Period
This project will replace the anthology currently used with primary texts and materials in Blackboard.
Taught: Spring 2017
20 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $3,855.00

Dr. Wendy Woloson, Associate Professor
Perspectives on History
This project will replace primary and secondary course materials with library resources and online materials. In collaboration with a librarian from Robeson Library, Julie Still, Dr. Woolson will work to bring the cost of these course materials to $0.
Taught: Fall 2017
20 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $1,936.00

Rasheda Weaver, Part-Time Lecturer and PhD Candidate
Special Topics: Social Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement, and Community Development
This project will supplement the use of a traditional textbook by placing a text on reserve and using library resources, such as academic articles.
Taught: Spring 2017
8 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $1,480.00


Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Projected Savings: $645,290.00

Dr. Darrin York, Professor
Introduction to Chemistry
This project will replace the current text with a free text from OpenStax, as well as other open educational resources.
Taught: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
1600 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $240,000.00

Dr. Neil Sheflin, Associate Professor
Introduction to Macroeconomics and Money, Banking and the Financial System
Dr. Sheflin has been using free and self-developed materials for a few years and has indicated great results with his students. Dr. Sheflin will use the grant to further refine and update his low-cost course materials.
Taught: Fall 2017
500 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $131,000.00

Dr. Darshana Shapiro, Part-Time Lecturer
Introduction to Human Evolution
This project will replace the current textbook with a combination of free and low-cost materials. The lecturer will also create many of the course materials, including online modules and activities.
Taught: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
750 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $103,343.00

Dr. Yvonne Wollenberg, Instructor
Law and Politics
This project will replace the current text used with an e-book, for which the library has an unlimited user subscription.
Taught: Spring 2017, Fall 2017
360 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $71,280.00

Dr. Alexander Pichugin, Director of German Language and Cultural Studies
Elementary German, Intermediate German
This project will replace the traditional text with self-developed materials in Sakai and a low-cost text.
Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
120 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $39,332.00

Dr. Young-mee Yu Cho, Associate Professor
Intermediate Korean for Heritage Students, Advanced Korean 1 and 2, Advanced Korean for Business 1 and 2
This project will replace current materials with fully self-developed texts, multimedia learning objects, and activities.
Taught: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
100 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $21,000.00

Dr. Natalya Voloshchuk, Teaching Instructor
Experimental Biochemistry
This project will replace the current text with open and free alternatives and a self-developed lab manual.
Taught: Fall 2017
60 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $19,140.00

Dr. Norah MacKendrick, Assistant Professor
Sociology of Women
This project will replace the current text with a course pack of journal articles, newspaper articles, book chapters, and any portions of open textbooks that are available. The new materials will be free, or at very low cost.
Taught: Spring 2017, Spring 2018
200 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $15,390.00

Dr. Xenia Morin, Undergraduate Program Director
Advanced Topics in Agriculture and Food Systems: Feeding America's Cities and Applied Practical Applications in Agriculture and Food Systems
This project is for a new course (Advanced Topics), based on a comparison of the cost of a commonly used text. Dr. Morin will write, edit, and annotate the first food systems book at Rutgers.
Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2017
45 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $2,525.00

Dr. Jill Lipoti, Assistant Teaching Professor
Introduction to Sustainability and Sustainability; Food Waste, and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
The first project will update an existing open textbook, while the second project is for a new course and based on a comparison of the cost of a commonly used text. Dr. Lipoti will develop materials for both courses.
Taught: Fall 2017
45 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $2,280.00


Rutgers University–Newark | Projected Savings: $231,227.00

Dr. Diane Jammula, Physics Instructor
General Physics
This project will replace the current textbook with an open text from OpenStax. This project also includes a thorough assessment plan.
Taught: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
300 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $87,840.00

Dr. Jiahuan Lu, Assistant Professor
Applied Statistics
This project will replace the current text with materials from the Open Textbook Library, as well as Rutgers Library e-books. This project also offers a detailed assessment plan, which includes discussion post reflections from students regarding the course.
Taught: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
150 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $35,601.00

Dr. Christina Zambrano, Teaching Instructor
Research Methods for the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
This project will replace the current text with online materials and links to open resources in Blackboard.
Taught: Spring 2017, Spring 2018
150 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $33.992.00

Dr. Matthew Giobbi, Part-Time Lecturer
History & Modern Viewpoints of Psychology
Dr. Giobbi will develop a new online textbook from open source materials, readings, and lecture notes.
Taught: Spring 2017
80 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $24,796.00

Dr. Karen Chaffee, Assistant Teaching Professor
General Chemistry I
This project will replace the current materials with self-developed quizzes in Blackboard, thereby eliminating the need for students to purchase access codes. The efforts of this project will be available for all faculty in the department to use.
Taught: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
200 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $20,000.00

Dr. Vanessa LoBue, Assistant Professor
Developmental Psychology
This project will replace the current text with self-developed materials and a subscription to online resources ($10). The faculty member hopes to present this model to the rest of the department.
Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
70 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $11,113.00

Dr. Patricia Akhimie, Assistant Professor
Shakespeare
This course will replace current materials with open educational resources. The students themselves will be involved with creating their own course content. Students in this course will collaborate to create their own online edition with notes and analysis.
Taught: Spring 2018
40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $11,002.00

Dr. Manu Chander, Assistant Professor
Introduction to Global Literature
This project will replace the current texts with open educational resources. The project will also aim to provide students access to previously marginalized texts that are difficult for students to find (outside of expensive anthologies).
Taught: Fall 2017
40 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $5,563.00

Dr. Rachel Emas, Assistant Teaching Professor
Introduction to Public Administration
This project involves a new online master’s program. The cost savings are based on estimates of commonly used texts.
Taught: Fall 2017
15 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $1,320.00


Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick | Projected Savings: $533,870.00

Dr. Kemal Gursoy, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Statistical Methods for Business Applications
This project will replace the current text with self-developed materials.
Taught: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
2000 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $513,300.00

Dr. Weiwei Chen, Assistant Professor
Introduction to Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing
This project will replace the current text with self-developed materials, as well as resources available for a small fee from the professional organization website.
Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
170 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $20,570.00


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences | Projected Savings: $133,999.00

Dr. Petros Levounis, Professor and Chair
Psychiatry Clerkship
This project will replace the current text for the whole third year clerkship with a free, self-developed text. The project will involve students in writing the new course material.
Taught: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
200 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $64,000.00

Dr. May Nguyen, Clinical Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine Pharmacology Elective
This course currently uses library materials. Dr. Nguyen would like to use the grant to create supplementary, free online course content, which will be peer-reviewed.
Taught: Fall 2017
20 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $10,000.00

Dr. Ellen Zambo Anderson, Associate Professor
Development Across the Lifespan
This project will replace the current text with a self-developed iBook.
Taught: Summer 2017
65 students impacted per year | Projected savings per year: $3,949.00