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Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for Round One of 2015 Faculty Research Grant Program

Submitted by on January 19, 2015 – 6:00 amNo Comment

Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world’s largest representatives of online learning, today announced that it is currently accepting proposals for Round One of its 2015 Faculty Research Grant Program, which supports faculty research on the impact and effectiveness of online learning.  Proposals are being accepted through March 20, 2015.

“Academic Partnerships is committed to supporting research that broadens the scholarship on the effectiveness of online learning,” said Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Judy Zimny. Though still an emerging field of academic inquiry, online learning has been gaining substantial importance in higher education, and we are pleased to support the advancement of its understanding through our Faculty Research Grant Program.”

The program offers faculty or staff members of institutions working with AP-supported programs the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund research that could increase understanding about the power of online learning. Funding for longitudinal research will be provided in recognition of proposals in the following areas:

  • Student Interaction
    • Tools (e.g., social media) and strategies for increasing student-to-student interaction and/or student-to-faculty interaction
    • Best practices for evaluating the quality and impact of student-to-student interaction and/or student-to-faculty interaction
  • Open Educational Resources
    • Integrating open educational resources and learning technologies to increase student interaction
    • Using open educational resources to facilitate self-guided learning and sharing among faculty and students

The application can be accessed by clicking here.

Awardees will be informed of their selection in writing by April 17, 2015 and announced on Faculty eCommons, an AP-sponsored site supporting online faculty around the world, shortly thereafter. Funds will be disseminated over the duration of the project and will be paid to the institution’s grant or equivalent office. The second round of the program will commence this fall.

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships (AP) assists universities convert their traditional degree programs and certificates into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit

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