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Open Education

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ, United States
Official Website @rulibraries

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 48,378

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OER LibGuide

Overview

Rutgers University Libraries lead OER activities for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey through management of the Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program and Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR).

About the OAT Program:

In February 2016, Rutgers President Robert Barchi endorsed a recommendation from the University Senate Student Affairs Committee and created an open textbook initiative award program. The OAT Program provides incentive awards to faculty and instructors who want to transition to open and affordable materials. Rutgers University Libraries manage and fund the OAT program and work with faculty to identify a free, low-cost, or open alternatives.

The OAT program is open to any faculty (full-time or part-time) teaching courses at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. After two rounds, the project brought an estimated savings of over $2.1 million to Rutgers students.

About SOAR:

SOAR carries out the university open access policy, which stipulates that all Rutgers scholars must deposit a legal copy of each journal article or conference proceedings into SOAR at the time of acceptance for publication. The focus of the policy is to ensure that Rutgers scholarship is disseminated widely by being open access to the extent possible. SOAR is a website/portal service of the Rutgers University Community Repository (RUcore), which is developed and maintained by Rutgers University Libraries.

Campus Details

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Library Departments Active in Efforts Advancing OER:

Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:

Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:



OER Programs

Open and Affordable Textbooks Program

In February 2016, Rutgers President Robert Barchi endorsed a recommendation from the University Senate Student Affairs Committee and created an open textbook initiative award program. The OAT Program provides incentive awards to faculty and instructors who want to transition to open and affordable materials. Rutgers University Libraries manage and fund the OAT program and work with faculty to identify a free, low-cost, or open alternatives.

The OAT program is open to any faculty (full-time or part-time) teaching courses at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. After two rounds, the project has provided 59 awards and brought an estimated savings of over $2.1 million to 11,387 Rutgers students.

Program Type:

Duration: 09/2016 - Present

Program Webpage: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/open-textbooks

Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Curation, OER Adaptation, OER Research, OER Pedagogy, OER Review/Assessment, OER Publication, OER Awareness

Unit Housing the Program:

Program Partners:

Source of Program Funding:

Funding from Library Departments:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 56,000

Total Student Savings to Date: $ 2,129,441

Incentives Offered by the Program:

Conditions: Recipients are encouraged to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 56,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 59

Typical amount of each grant: $ 1,000



Point of Contact

Jessica Pellien
Director of Communications, Rutgers University Libraries