Online Learning Update

August 29, 2020

Open and Affordable Textbooks Program Reduces Textbook Costs for Students

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Matt Badessa, Rutgers Today

The program incentivizes Rutgers faculty to use free or low-cost learning materials that save students money. More faculty than ever before are participating in a program through the Rutgers University Libraries to provide open and affordable textbooks for the fall. The initiative is estimated to be able to save over 16,400 students a total of more than $2.1 million in the cost of textbooks and other course materials over the next year. The Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) program, administered by the libraries, provides $1,000 awards to Rutgers faculty who modify their courses to use free or low-cost learning materials instead of traditional textbooks. To date, it has brought an estimated savings of over $5.7 million to students universitywide.

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