Rutgers grant creates collaborative learning material for less, curated by students and faculty | The Daily Targum
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"The Open and Affordable Textbooks Program (OAT) is run by Rutgers University Libraries and aims to make class material much more affordable for the average student. Through the program, which is available across all Rutgers campuses, faculty are awarded grants for the development and use of open-educational resources in their own classes, according to University Libraries. Lilyana Todorinova, undergraduate experience librarian at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, coordinated the program. “(OAT) is an incentive grant program that was endorsed by (University) President (Robert L.) Barchi back in 2015," she said. "It is a system-wide initiative and is inclusive among all Rutgers subjects of business, humanities, sciences and so on.” Rutgers students spend an average of $1,500 annually on course materials, including textbooks, access codes and other required class materials, according to University Libraries. Between 2016 and 2017, the libraries estimated that OAT saved close to $1.6 million, impacting approximately 8,000 students at Rutgers, according to the site. ..."