OAT Awards, 2017–2018

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

Uchechi Azubuine, Instructor, 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, 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Traditional textbooks for interventional radiology are out of date the day they are published due to rapid advances in technology.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 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 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: $123,855.00

Selim Cakmakli, Visiting Professor, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 e-book, 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 e-book 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, Rutgers School of Business, Camden
Digital Marketing Strategy
This is a 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 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, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Department of Music
Music History I and II
Dr. Cypess will use this additional support to complete two chapters of a free, open access, multiauthor 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 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 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 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, 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
[Update - course will be taught by Manu Chandler]

Sean Mitchell, Associate Professor, 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, 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